India Insight

India’s political parties pump up the radio volume

November 29, 2013

Anyone who keeps a radio turned on in India’s National Capital Region knows that election fever has settled on Delhi ahead of the Dec. 4 state polls. The ruling Congress party, main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and newcomer Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are betting big on radio campaigning — a medium that reaches millions of people across economic classes and backgrounds.

Interview: Narendra Modi has marginalized his own party – Jairam Ramesh

By Reuters Staff
November 5, 2013

By Frank Jack Daniel, Jo Winterbottom and Mayank Bhardwaj

Jairam Ramesh, the rural development minister in the Congress-led government, told Reuters on Tuesday that Narendra Modi’s career reminded him of the rise of the Third Reich, the strongest comments yet by a minister of his rank on the Bharatiya Janata Party leader.

Uncompromising Kejriwal won’t support any party if Delhi gets hung assembly

October 29, 2013

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The Aam Aadmi Party has up-ended the calculations of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party in the race for control of New Delhi in one of five state assembly elections later this year.

Modi, Kejriwal become latest video game characters as developers focus on elections

October 4, 2013

Politicians are becoming the Super Mario Brothers equivalent for Indian video gamers as 2014 election fever starts to settle over the country.

Social media not a game changer in 2014 elections

September 25, 2013

By Aditya Kalra and David Lalmalsawma

Political parties in India are relying more on social media ahead of the 2014 election as a way of increasing voter support, even though politicians in general do not expect such efforts to significantly influence election results.

Kejriwal’s party gears up for Delhi polls with election reforms

June 20, 2013

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The Aam Aadmi Party (common man’s party), led by bureaucrat-turned-activist Arvind Kejriwal, is gearing up for state-level polls in Delhi this year with an array of candidates chosen for their honesty.

from The Human Impact:

“Urinating in dams” to solve India’s drought? Minister faces backlash

April 14, 2013

As India's western state of Maharashtra reels from the worst drought in over four decades and millions of people face the risk of hunger, a top official has sparked outrage with a crass, insensitive joke that he should urinate in the region's empty dams to solve water shortages.

Narendra Modi’s media blitz fraught with risk

April 10, 2013

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Euphoria over Rahul Gandhi’s new role may be short-lived

January 21, 2013

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Why Rahul Gandhi stepped into the spotlight

January 20, 2013

The Congress has for a long time acknowledged Rahul Gandhi as heir apparent and several party members had openly said that he is their leader. Which means his appointment on Saturday as the party’s vice president — a post just below that of Congress chief and Rahul’s mother Sonia — was in many ways just a matter of finding him a suitable title.