Two brothers battle each other in Rajasthan polls

By Anil Sharma,

Dausa (Rajasthan): Two brothers, both former Indian Police Service officers, are pitted against each other in Rajasthan's Dausa parliamentary constituency where the electorate has to be make do with this "peculiar situation".

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Harish Chandra Meena who took voluntary retirement to contest the Lok Sabha election. And against him is Namo Narain Meena who is the Congress candidate.

Alan Furst's other heroes of World War II

By Vikas Datta,

Decades after it ended, the Second World War continues to inspire fiction, and there are thousands of works dealing with some of its significant events or weaving them into their own narratives. But only a few aspects have tended to predominate and innumerable others have remained not so well known or not much dwelt on.


Afghan drawdown: New conflict or back-door occupation?

By Vishnu Makhijani,

When, in mid-1945, the allied armies advancing across Western Europe were ordered to halt to enable the marauding Soviet forces perform the final denouement of the Second World War by capturing Berlin, it sowed the seeds of the Cold War that lasted almost half-a-century and whose present-day ramifications are there for all to see.

For Chatan Bhagat, bigotry appears to be new Cool

By Mahmad Sidat,

Chetan Bhagat once famously said that "To be good is new cool", but reading his article published in Times of India on 22nd March 2014, it seems like "Bigotry is new cool”. The way he justifies the post Godhra violence in the name of retribution, one is reminded of the propaganda Hitler’s Minister Goebbels run in 1938 Germany.

BJP manifesto bids farewell to Vajpayee era

By Amulya Ganguli ,

Even as an ailing Atal Bihari Vajpayee sits incommunicado in his lonely bungalow in New Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to dump his agenda which was meant to neutralize the hardliners.

Congress prepares for defeat, as smaller parties build castles around it

By Saeed Naqvi,

I thought election 2014 would come with nailbiting suspense until I turned up at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club on Mathura Road where the Congress whiz kid from Chicago, Sam Pitroda, was holding court in a Tarpauline Tent which looked like a parking lot for camels.

The candidate

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh: “What Aligarh thinks today, Indian Muslims think tomorrow,” so goes the saying. Consider the fact that Aligarh that has been associated with Muslims aspirations in modern India has never elected a Muslim Member of Parliament. This year could have been an exception, says Haji Javed Akhtar, if Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had given ticket to him.

BSP in Maharashtra: Struggling to make a mark

By Vanya Mehta,,

After the polls closed in Nagpur, where competing factors include the Brahmin BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari and the incumbent Congress MP Vilas Muttemwar, around 30 male supporters of the Ambedkarite pro-Dalit Bahujan Samaj Party scattered around in groups at the BSP’s Nagpur office discussing the elections.

Is there a Modi Wave in India?

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

Comparing Modi Wave with other waves in India, it’s really hard to call it a wave as it does not match up to wave length of the wave witnessed earlier in India. Just match the Indira wave with the slogan ‘Adhi Roti khaenge Indira ko Bulenege’ in 1980 with ‘Ab ki bar Modi Sakar.’ Do both waves have the same wave length? Well you may be kidding if your answer is yes!

Muslims' Resolve Against Modi/BJP in the 2014 Election - Rare Instance of Unity

By Kaleem Kawaja,

The polling in the parliamentary election began on Monday in the northeastern part of India. This is one of the noisiest and most turbulent election in memory since India became a free nation in 1947. One of the primary reasons is that the Bharti Janata Party is trying to change the governing fabric of the nation. The nation has followed the tradition of first conducting an election and then the elected parliamentarians of the party with the largest number of seats, elect their leader and prime minister. In the instance of a coalition, the coalition of parties do the same. In 1996 when BJP/NDA won the election they followed the same tradition and BJP MPs elected Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Prime Minister.