Uncertain Times for German Politics

Reading Time: 6 minutesDangerous developments connected with a rising fascist movement under the banner of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) are underway. Germany’s Left Party (die Linke), on the other hand, could well be on its way toward mounting an effective fightback. The German version of the Nazis and KKKers who descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, last year are […]

Election Commission should not Allow Simultaneous Polls

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe controversy over holding  Lok Sabha and assembly elections simultaneously as was the practice in fifties was revived following the BJP President Amit Shah’s letter to the Law Commission that the party wants 11 state polls with 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP denied that Shah has made any such statement. A report for Different […]

Quoting Vajpayee to Bring Modi to Heel: When Insaniat with Pakistan Could Not Deliver

Reading Time: 3 minutesTold by Nehru when young that he will become PM one day, Vajpayee never looked far for a role model. Vajpayee wept “like a child” at Nehru’s death, says journalist Sharma. But Vajpayee forgot that the BJP cannot be Congress and the Congress vice versa. The hard truth is the right wing base threw ‘Universal […]

Swachh Bharat a Skewed Mission: Long on Hype and Short on Real Achievements

Reading Time: 3 minutesModi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has already started crashing because it did not have the participation of common people. It was basically a drive for the social elites and rich to demonstrate their closeness to the power using photo opportunities. Modi exhorted people to make it a ‘Jan Andolan’ but it failed to acquire that character. […]

Vajpayee is in the Masterclass of Indian Politics

Reading Time: 4 minutesWho will not remember when the name Vajpayee is said the broad visage of a man with intense expression, with flowing dhoti, with tousled hair, with typical lisping diction, elaborating on timeless India. A man of multiple dimensions, and never so simple, he was a poet who would convey his ingrained optimism promising to light […]

Vajpayee Was Diametrically Opposite to Modi: Gujarat Riot in 2002 was a Dividing Line

Reading Time: 4 minutesBehind the current proximity between the party and its mentor is the attitudinal difference between Vajpayee and Modi. Unlike Vajpayee, Modi has always belonged to his party’s more hawkish sections, a reputation which was highlighted by the Gujarat riots when Vajpayee had counselled the then chief minister of the state to adhere to the raj […]

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Statesman-Journalist-Poet, Former Prime Minister of India, Passes Away at 93

Reading Time: 3 minutesA parliamentarian for 47 years, a three-time Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, passed away this evening (Aug 16), at AIIMS, New Delhi. A report by Arindam, for Different Truths. A tall statesman of modern India, former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, passed away at AIIMS, New Delhi, at 5:05 PM, on Thursday (Aug 16). The […]

Is Modi a Hype or Real Achiever?

Reading Time: 4 minutesNearly four-and-a-half-year after Modi came to power, has his government delivered on good governance or is it just a hype? Has Modi delivered on his promise of good governance or has he just been a good event manager? The growing perception is he has failed to deliver. The reality is a few good things have […]

Lok Sabha Elections in December is now a Strong Possibility

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe war room of the saffron party at 11, Ashok Road, the erstwhile party headquarters, is  sending to the leadership the results of their media analysis on day to day basis and it is becoming clear that in the  crucial assembly polls in the three BJP ruled states, the state leaders including the chief ministers […]

Freedom for Independence Day

Reading Time: 4 minutesA lot more barriers need to be broken and freedom needs to be realised in an imperfect ‘social structure’ that exists in India and abroad. You still need to fight racism, sexism, casteism, class-ism and boundaries you have created for yourselves in your head because of how you were conditioned to think or made to […]