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Bihar election: The beginning of the decline of ‘Modi wave’?

By Praveen Rai
October 28, 2015

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Banka, in Bihar October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer       The 2014 general election was termed a “wave election”, a political phenomenon in which a particular party is able to mobilise voters on important issues and win a substantial number of seats. The Narendra Modi-led BJP rode the wave and won on a promise to replicate the Gujarat model of good governance and development for the entire country.

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Q&A: If I fall short on any promise, you can change my name – Nitin Gadkari

By Reuters Staff
September 2, 2015

By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Nidhi Verma

Nitin Gadkari is the man Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assigned to launch a China-style infrastructure boom. Modi drafted in the 58-year-old former president of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party as transport, highways and shipping minister after winning last year's general election, betting on his reputation for getting the job done.

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Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: why rape happens in India

August 21, 2015

The 2012 Delhi bus rape case and an ever-longer list of rapes and murders in India have prompted politicians and public figures in India to cite plenty of implausible reasons why rape happens and why men brutalise women or portray women in ways that suggest they had it coming. Many people, when speaking out, tend to minimise the crime or rationalise it in ways that sound ludicrous to many. We created this list of such comments more than a year ago, but it seems like it's time to add some new entries.

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India Markets Weekahead: Parliament session holds the key

By Ambareesh Baliga
July 26, 2015

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How AAP won a record mandate, and how BJP lost the plot

By Praveen Rai
February 10, 2015

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If AAP comes to power in Delhi

By Aviral Gupta
February 9, 2015

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Why opinion polls are bad for elections

By Praveen Rai
February 6, 2015

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Film producer Pahlaj Nihalani is new censor board chief

January 19, 2015

Film producer Pahlaj Nihalani was on Monday appointed as head of the country’s censor panel, days after his predecessor Leela Samson quit after accusing the government of interference.

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India in 2014: A dream run for markets

By Ambareesh Baliga
December 22, 2014

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Interview: Rajdeep Sardesai on Modi, the Gandhis and politics in India

November 11, 2014

rajdeep2The best journalists get front-row seats to the most tumultuous years of a nation. Rajdeep Sardesai, one of India's best-known journalists, was in such a position for this year's general election in India, in which 815 million people voted. Their decisions brought the Bharatiya Janata Party and its leader Narendra Modi into power, ending 67 years of near-uninterrupted control of Indian politics by the Congress Party and the Nehru-Gandhi clan.