Writers' Buildings renovation yet to start even after three years

By Sahana Ghosh

Kolkata : As the glossy facade of Nabanna - the temporary seat of the West Bengal government in neighbouring Howrah - prepares to welcome Mamata Banerjee for her second term as chief minister, the permanent secretariat - the historic Writers' Buildings - stands forlorn here, yet to see any of the promised renovation even three years after the hype and promise surrounding the project.

No 'acche din' in Kashmir as yet

By Sarwar Kashani and Ruwa Shah

Srinagar : Months after taking over as the prime minister two years ago, Narendra Modi, sporting a woollen cape-like Kashmiri garment called a pheran, addressed a huge rally in Srinagar promising "to give justice" to the people caught in one of the longest standing conflicts in the world for decades now.

79% Women’s report harassment and abuse, trend more prevalent in Northern India, reveals a Study

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

New Delhi: A recent research by UK-based advocacy group ActionAid has once again highlighted the grim situation of women's security, with a study that has revealed that 79% women in India had reported harassment and abuse.

The survey conducted by multinational advocacy group in four countries – United Kingdom, Thailand, Brazil and India – has found that nine per cent of city women have “experienced” rape in India besides 21 per cent of women complaining that they faced “another form of physical sexual assault”.

मौजूदा नतीजों से खुलता उत्तर प्रदेश विधानसभा चुनाव का रास्ता

सिद्धांत मोहन,

चार राज्यों और एक केन्द्रशासित प्रदेश में चुनाव के नतीजे सामने आ चुके हैं. असम में भाजपा ने जीत दर्ज की है. पश्चिम बंगाल में तृणमूल कांग्रेस फिर से सरकार बनाएगी. तमिलनाडु में जयललिता फिर से आ रही हैं. केरल में लेफ्ट ने सरकार बनायी है.

जिन राज्यों के चुनाव परिणाम आज आप देख रहे हैं, उनमें कांग्रेस के बरअक्स लेफ्ट या भाजपा की जीत देखना एक बड़ी भूल है. उनमें कांग्रेस की हार का सिलसिला ही आगे बढ़ता दिख रहा है. विनोद के लहजे में कहें तो भाजपा के ‘कांग्रेसमुक्त भारत’ का सपना भी साकार करने में कांग्रेस खुद लगी हुई है.

Surge in female contestants, not MLAs

By Saumya Tewari

Female contestants increased across the four states that went to polls recently - but not legislators - and three times as many women contested in Kerala compared to the 2011 elections, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of electoral data.

Two of the four states had incumbent women chief ministers - West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu’s J Jayalalithaa - and they registered consecutive victories for their parties.

Increase in women candidates, not MLAs

बसपा का मिशन 2017

फहमिना हुसैन,

लखनऊ: उतर प्रदेश में अगले साल होने वाले विधानसभा चुनाव की तैयारियां अभी से पार्टियों ने शुरू कर दी है. एकतरफ जहां समाजवादी पार्टी ने राज्यसभा में अपने प्रत्याशियों का चयन किया, वहीँ बसपा सुप्रीमों मायावती ने भी मिशन 2017 के आगाज के साथ ही सियासी एजेंडे को बुनना शुरू कर दिया है. इस कवायद के साथ बसपा ने अपने प्रत्याशियों का चयन और राज्यसभा के उम्मीदवारों का चयन, दोनों ही कामों को अंजाम देना शुरू कर दिया है.

Modi Government’s development plans systematically erasing Tribal identity

By Rajaraman Sundaresan for,

Mission Mukhyamantri: BJP has task cut out in UP

By Mohit Dubey

Lucknow: The question is ringing loud and clear. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has Sarbananda Sonowal in Assam. But what about Uttar Pradesh?

With several faces jostling in the BJP landscape for the UP top job, the party has a task cut out: to choose the right chief ministerial face for the 2017 assembly election. Assam has shown the way: the right one can win the election for the party. And the BJP leadership understands it all too well.

Verdict 2016: How did the Urdu Dailies report Assembly poll results?

By Mahtab Alam for

While there is a lot of discussion happening around on how ‘Muslim voters’ polled in the recently concluded assembly elections in five states, there is hardly any talk of how Urdu (and Hindi) newspapers reported these results. As Hindi is not the primary language for the non-Muslim population of these areas, so too is Urdu not the primary language of the Muslims in these states.

120 Muslim lawmakers elected in five state Assemblies in India: Can't elected Muslims exhibit leadership qualities, become leaders in true sense?

Over 120 Muslims have been elected as MLAs in the recent Assembly elections.

The five states that went to polls included Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

It was an election to elect 822 members of legislative assemblies [MLAs] in these states.

India has around 14-15% Muslim population. However, three of these states that went to poll had a much higher percent.

Assam has around 37% Muslims, West Bengal has 29% and Kerala has 27%. Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have nearly 6% each.