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After Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, MP Begs Constitutional Reflection

With the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath yesterday after a mass resignation of 22 MLAs of his party, we are fast approaching a place where it becomes imperative for the constitutional experts to rethink the ‘Anti-Defection Law’ as an antithesis to the subterfuge of the mandate given by the electorate. In 1967, the phrase ‘Aaya Ram Gaya Ram’ attained widespread circulation in...

A Just Culmination

Akshay Thakur, 31, Pawan Gupta, 25, Vinay Sharma, 26, and Mukesh Singh, 32, were hanged at 05:30 AM on March 20, 2020, giving closure to the family of a young medical student who was gang-raped and tortured on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012. Recollect what happened on that appalling night on December 16, 2012, to realize how the culmination of the justice process was a just one: “[…] drunk men dragged Nirbhaya...

Shiv Sena-NCP To Be Helped By Congress Abstaining From Trust Vote

MUMBAI (Maharashtra): Amid the high-voltage political drama going on with regards formation of the next government, the most likely scenario emerging is that of a Shiv Sena (SS) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance government that is ‘supported from outside’ by Congress. Congress abstaining would save both itself and Shiv Sena the blushes of making an ‘opportunistic alliance that goes...

Is Ashok Gehlot’s ‘Dhritrashtra Prem’ for His Son Taking Down Rajasthan Congress?

JODHPUR (Rajasthan): In a battle that has at stake the prestige of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, sitting MP from Jodhpur and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is pitted against the former’s son Vaibhav Gehlot. A loss for his son — in his debut — in the CM’s home turf, which he has nurtured for decades, would take the sheen off Congress’ victory in the recent assembly elections. Himself...

State of War and the Useful Idiots

In the last 100-odd hours, since facing one of the world’s deadliest terrorist attacks against security forces in recent history, India has lost 40 CRPF personnel, two Indian Army Majors, two Indian Army Sepoys and one Indian Army Hawaldar. Also, one DIG of J&K Police and a Brigadier, a Lt. Colonel, a Major and a Captain of the Indian Army are critically injured in the latest encounter with Pakistan-sponsored...

Why Gujarat Local Election Results Augur Well for BJP

This political analysis was first published here. Post BJP’s  dismal performance in large swathes of rural Gujarat, one could be prompted to believe that the party faces not just a resurgent Congress, especially aided by the Bihar steroid, but also a detached, fatigued and unhappy electorate in the run-up to December 2017 state elections. With Congress capturing 23 of the 31 Zilla (District) Panchayats and...