Varanasi And Kyoto: Future Siamese Twins?

Prime Minister Modi on arriving at the Osaka International Airport on Saturday began the first leg of his five-day visit to Japan. Within hours of Modi’s arrival, a Partner City MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed by the Indian Ambassador for Japan, Deepa Wadhwa and the Kyoto Mayor, Daisaka Kadokawa. The ceremony was witnessed by Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

Will Modi’s Magic Wand Work For His “Unrealistic” Vision?

Starting the electoral campaigns, the then Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi had completely swept over the audience with not only his oratory skills, but also his conviction and resolve to develop India.

Yogi Adityanath: The Face Reflecting BJP in Uttar Pradesh

Yogi Adityanath is geared up to steer the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ship in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming bypolls. A crude assessment of BJP’s electoral strategy can be made out of this appointment.

Bihar Bypolls: Grand Alliance Challenges BJP

BJP did not only sweep the General Elections, it also crushed and scarred the Congress. BJP won 282 seats, while Congress could only manage a meagre 44. But BJP’s aura of invincibility has slowly faded and its dream run has been halted by the bypolls. The Grand Alliance has won six of the 10 seats in the state’s bypolls. The BJP-led NDA could only manage four, in the state where it bagged 31 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats earlier this year.

TRAI Recommendations: High on Principles, Low on Application Potential

Initially, it remains to be seen if the government would be keen in turning these recommendations into regulations. After all, these recommendations won’t allow political parties to run television channels. Bharatiya Janata Party may not own any channel, but parties are known to show mutual respect and keep each other’s interests intact. Also, it isn’t mere conjecture that political parties are close to corporate. Regulations against corporate ownership won’t really fare well with the government.

#UnitedWithAAP V/S #AAPBreaksUp

Little hiccups hit the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and it makes it a news. In the latest attack on AAP party Chief Arvind Kejriwal, the party’s founding leader Shanti Bhushan went public with his criticism about Kejriwal’s organisational skills.

Can 8000 Crore Lead Kashmir To Stability?

Jammu and Kashmir is a state in India that has faced an extreme degree of violence and instability. Insurgency has been the dominant characteristic of the state for over half a century now. What began on the eve of the day of freedom for both Pakistan and India is continuing even till today, 67 years later. Before one comes to any sort of judgment, it is rather important to understand the nature of instability in the region. The instability is not a result of terrorism or economic factors, although at times one might be led to believe that it is. The nature of insurgency in J&K is that of identity that has given rise to identity politics. It is now a state caught as a bone of contention between the two rivals: Pakistan and India.

UP Communal Clashes: The Political Nexus

The tensions have been high, particularly in Western UP, and have occurred relatively close to the bypoll seats, according to a series of investigative reports by the Indian Express. 60 percent of the six hundred communal incidents since the Lok Sabha results have out-broken near the seats due for bypoll elections. The incidents vary in degree, but are all communal in nature. The proximity of these incidents to bypoll seats indicates the nexus of politics and communal confrontations in the state.

Independence Day: Modi To Make It An Achha Din?

Few days ahead of the Independence Days, all eyes and ears are on Modi; how the day will be celebrated and how he will address the nation, after all Independence Day speeches have always been taken quite seriously. With heated comments doing the rounds in social media sites, there are already speculations about the issues that he is likely to take up.

Delhi Elections: AAP A Credible Contender?

It is probable that the capital may go to a re-election, given that there are no signs of any party approaching the Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung to form a government in the capital. Provided that the Delhi residents are set to vote again in next to no time, the results might not be as fascinating as the previous elections that were held in December 2013. The last assembly elections saw the emergence of the phenomenon of AAP – a government of the common man, bringing its 18-point agenda, promising to fulfil aam aadmi’s (common man) aspirations. Now, December appears to be a distant memory.

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