India Insight

State elections loom in Karnataka, a state split wide open

April 11, 2013

With legislative assembly elections in the state of Karnataka just weeks away, politicians are preparing for an ugly battle for a state whose political future looks wide open.

Narendra Modi’s media blitz fraught with risk

April 10, 2013

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Narendra Modi, the BJP and the prime minister’s chair

December 10, 2012

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India’s political advertising goofs: sometimes they’re just mistakes

November 26, 2012

Whenever anything happens in India, anything at all, you will find someone on Twitter muttering with suspicion about how it was a political conspiracy. What for? Votes, power, money, the usual. Nobody seems to be able to accept the idea that people sometimes just goof up, that cluelessness trumps deceit and a desire to irk other people.

Business of adjournments in parliament

November 22, 2012

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Elsewhere in India: a Hitchcock escape at Kashmere gate, and more…

November 9, 2012

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The novice Indian politician’s guide to drubbings, snubbings and shruggings

October 21, 2012

It was only a matter of time before activist Arvind Kejriwal and his anti-corruption movement got back some of what they gave.

The news this weekend: LPG, Kejriwal, toilets, politicians… and Somali pirates

October 6, 2012

It’s shaping up as a busy weekend for India’s politicians…

The price of LPG — liquefied petroleum gas cylinders, or cooking gas — has risen 11.42 rupees per cylinder because dealers are getting higher commissions. TV channels attacked the government because this “shocker” comes right after the imposition of a cap on subsidized cylinder sales was imposed.

Mining for votes in the middle of Coalgate

By Reuters Staff
September 8, 2012

By Shashank Chouhan

It took more than 10 days for the chief of India’s ruling party to react to the ‘Coalgate’ episode that has tainted Manmohan Singh’s government and blocked parliamentary proceedings in the monsoon session that limped to its close on Friday.

Advani’s “withdrawal” may come back to haunt BJP

September 23, 2011

As soon as former Bharatiya Janata Party president and political veteran Lal Krishna Advani announced that his role in the party and the Sangh Parivar “is much more than the post of prime minister” — he made it pretty clear that he may not be the preferred BJP candidate for the prime minister’s post in the 2014 general elections.