Wild rumours, lynchings and India's missing children

Rumours of child abduction spread over social networking sites are getting innocent people killed in different parts of rural India, creating serious law and order problems for police and raising questions over the effectiveness of law-enforcement machinery in India’s vast hinterland.

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Countdown for 2019: Congress works on an anti-BJP front

Though out of power for almost four years, the Congress party’s leaders and workers looked upbeat when they gathered for the 84th Plenary session of the All India Congress Committee (March16 -18) at New Delhi’s cavernous Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. 

Can a united opposition front unseat BJP from power?

If one explanation has to be given for the BJP’s electoral ills in the Hindi heartland and nearby states, it is arrogance. Even more than the Narendra Modi government’s failures on the employment and agricultural fronts, it is the party’s and the government’s haughtiness, reflected in the vice-president, M Venkaiah Naidu’s characterization of Modi as “God’s gift to the nation” which has been undermining the party’s standing.

Congress must change its leader to challenge Modi

The opposition parties may be willing to accept someone else from the Congress, if the party can find a person strong enough to challenge Modi, writes N S Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor

Is BJP readying for yearend elections?

A trial balloon is being hoisted by the ruling BJP in India to achieve its objective of holding simultaneous elections to state assemblies and Parliament by opting for an early poll for the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, along with eight states that will be going to polls in 2018. Parliamentary elections are due only in 2019. This can be achieved as BJP rules all states which have to go to the polls in 2018.

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,


IMF cuts India's growth projection, but it still retains world's top spot

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut India's growth projections for this fiscal year to 7.3 per cent and for the next to 7.5 per cent on Monday, although the country will still retain i...