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How many ‘clean chits’ for Modi?

How many ‘clean chits’ for Modi?featured

This post originally appeared on the India At LSE blog On three occasions – one each in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – the Supreme Court of India has supposedly absolved Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujarat and the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in the upcoming elections, of culpability in Gujarat’s communal riots of 2002. But Read more

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On Credibility, Bias and Politicians: An Open Letter to Rajdeep Sardesai

On Credibility, Bias and Politicians: An Open Letter to Rajdeep Sardesaifeatured

Dear Mr Sardesai, Let me begin with a disclaimer. I’m a 27-year-old journalist. I lack your experience, your wisdom and, therefore, your insight. That’s exactly why I find your recent blog on the Indian media’s credibility crisis surprising. And absurd. Fortunately, it illuminates what I believe is wrong with the way you’re thinking about the Read more

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The Obamafication Of Indian Political Campaigns

The Obamafication Of Indian Political Campaignsfeatured

This post originally appeared on the India At LSE blog During his visit to Hyderabad in September last year, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi chanted US President Barack Obama’s 2008 rallying cry, ‘Yes We Can’, in a public meeting. This was the most striking example to date of the Obamafication of Indian political campaigns. Read more

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Section 377: The Politics of Free Love

Section 377: The Politics of Free Lovefeatured

It was on a December afternoon in 2013. Hundreds of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) activists armed with black bands and rainbow flags marched to Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The word was out: Being gay is now illegal again. The world’s largest democracy has no place for same sex love. Earlier that day, Read more

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6 Indian Sportspersons Who Can (And Should) Enter Politics

6 Indian Sportspersons Who Can (And Should) Enter Politicsfeatured

From the grass of the Maidan to the Trinamool of Mamata, there was talk late last year of Baichung Bhutia joining Bengal’s ruling party. Earlier this week, the rumor was confirmed. Amidst the chaos in the hills, the former Indian football captain will be the Trinamool Congress’ candidate from Darjeeling. If he wins, the ‘Sikkimese Read more

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The Incomplete List of Scams You Need To Know About

The Incomplete List of Scams You Need To Know Aboutfeatured

It was the Jeep Purchase Scandal that started it all back in 1948, and ever since our politicians have not disappointed. Scams have become an inseparable part of Indian politics. But 10 years of the UPA government has set the bar rather high. The 2G Spectrum Scam, Coalgate and the Commonwealth Scam were hugely ambitious, even Read more

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Where Criminals Hold Court: An Interactive Look at the Lok Sabha’s Tainted 28%

Where Criminals Hold Court: An Interactive Look at the Lok Sabha’s Tainted 28%featured

Rahul Gandhi doesn’t often gatecrash press conferences or publicly challenge decisions made by Manmohan Singh’s government. But in late September 2013, he did both. At a news conference where the Congress was defending its ordinance to protect tainted lawmakers, Gandhi walked in unannounced and decried the party’s stand as “complete nonsense.” In an uncharacteristic outburst, Read more

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