India Insight

India’s Telangana fight explores new frontiers in political attack ads

August 4, 2013

(Note to readers: contains slightly graphic language and an aggressively provocative image.)

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.

When did Narendra Modi become a “poster boy?”

April 8, 2013

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Women voters in India want to stand up and be counted

January 20, 2013

Several years ago, a dinner-table conversation about state elections in Himachal Pradesh veered towards a candidate who gave away pressure cookers to woo women voters. Of course, bribing voters is illegal, but I remember wondering whether all I wanted as a woman was a pressure cooker.

Nine miracles Congress might expect from Rahul Gandhi

January 20, 2013

Now that Rahul Gandhi has assumed what many would say was his rightful place, expectations from him would be high. These will be all the more pressing within the Congress party, which will look to its new vice president to help it retain power. Here is a list of those possible expectations:

Mamata Banerjee: I’ve got Friday on my mind

September 19, 2012

Mamata Banerjee‘s threat that her ministers would quit on Friday unless the Indian government scrapped its plan to save the economy was her way of giving the government time to consider its options.

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.

Has India lost its ‘cartoon’ humour?

May 15, 2012

The Indian government’s decision to withdraw a controversial cartoon from a political science textbook this week couldn’t have been more ironic. Just a day earlier, India had observed the 60th anniversary of the first sitting of its parliament, seen as one of the pillars of the world’s largest democracy.

Amid parliamentary impasse, MPs cheer more perks

By Reuters Staff
December 2, 2011

By Annie Banerji

On the way to New Delhi’s international airport, three armed men lean out of the windows of a jeep, furiously waving at the steady stream of traffic to pull over.

Wikileaks cash for votes allegations implicate India’s Congress

March 17, 2011

India’s ruling Congress party offered cash for votes to pass a crucial 2008 confidence vote in parliament, a secret U.S. state cable released on Thursday said, embroiling Manmohan Singh’s beleaguered government in yet another corruption scandal that risks further opposition attacks on the graft-smeared coalition.