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As Congress leader Rahul Gandhi enters ‘great sulk’, Modi’s BJP smells blood

The Congress president wants to step down, but his own party won’t let him. The succession dilemma is Congress’ ‘crisis for survival’, according to experts – and the ruling BJP has sensed weakness.

The Congress president wants to step down, but his own party won’t let him. The succession dilemma is Congress’ ‘crisis for survival’, according to experts – and the ruling BJP has sensed weakness.

7 Jun 2019 - 9:40PM
Indian election results: What next for Rahul Gandhi and Congress after their flop at the polls?

With the grand old party winning only 52 of 542 seats, its future and that of the organisation’s president now hang in the balance.

With the grand old party winning only 52 of 542 seats, its future and that of the organisation’s president now hang in the balance.

25 May 2019 - 1:17AM
India election: Narendra Modi’s BJP coalition looks set to retain power with stronger support than before

An exit poll on Sunday showed the BJP-led alliance was projected to dominate the lower house of parliament, as voters responded to Hindu nationalist rhetoric and national security concerns in the wake of the Pakistan attack.

An exit poll on Sunday showed the BJP-led alliance was projected to dominate the lower house of parliament, as voters responded to Hindu nationalist rhetoric and national security concerns in the wake of the Pakistan attack.

20 May 2019 - 10:55PM
India election: how will the Chinese community factor play out in Kolkata?

West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress woos Kolkata’s Chinese community as it faces a tough fight from Narendra Modi’s BJP.

West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress woos Kolkata’s Chinese community as it faces a tough fight from Narendra Modi’s BJP.

19 May 2019 - 8:52PM
Communism in India: dead or just waiting for young saviours?

The country’s leftist movement has been decimated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s electoral success, but many communists are pinning their hopes for a revival on a new breed of pragmatic young leaders

The country’s leftist movement has been decimated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s electoral success, but many communists are pinning their hopes for a revival on a new breed of pragmatic young leaders

17 May 2019 - 5:09PM
The truth about ‘tawhid’: how a central tenet of Islam became a violent strain linked to the Sri Lanka bombings

Experts say the spread of ‘tawhid’ needs to be monitored as radicals exploiting the concept seek to change how locals have traditionally practised Islam in a multi-religious society.

Experts say the spread of ‘tawhid’ needs to be monitored as radicals exploiting the concept seek to change how locals have traditionally practised Islam in a multi-religious society.

16 May 2019 - 10:47PM
Analysis | Pakistan-based terrorist’s UN blacklisting offers hope for India-China relations

After a decade of opposition, Beijing finally said yes this week to the international sanctioning of Masood Azhar – throwing India a diplomatic bone.

After a decade of opposition, Beijing finally said yes this week to the international sanctioning of Masood Azhar – throwing India a diplomatic bone.

3 May 2019 - 10:08PM
‘They do not want Delhi to interfere’: why Punjab will be an outlier in the India election

Only 21 per cent of Sikhs say they want Modi’s government to return and the mainly Sikh state of Punjab is not concerned with the issues driving the national electorate to polls.

Only 21 per cent of Sikhs say they want Modi’s government to return and the mainly Sikh state of Punjab is not concerned with the issues driving the national electorate to polls.

28 Apr 2019 - 11:02PM
India elections: Why Rahul Gandhi is looking south for support

The Congress party leader has his eyes on Kerala – but can it help him in his electoral battle against incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP?

The Congress party leader has his eyes on Kerala – but can it help him in his electoral battle against incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP?

22 Apr 2019 - 10:51PM
What’s China got to do with elections in India’s southernmost town?

Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu state is the proposed site of a new US$4.8 billion port, being touted as part of New Delhi’s answer to Beijing’s Sri Lankan investments.

Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu state is the proposed site of a new US$4.8 billion port, being touted as part of New Delhi’s answer to Beijing’s Sri Lankan investments.

19 Apr 2019 - 9:46PM
Indian politicians accuse China-made app Helo of election interference and call for TikTok to be banned

The app, from Beijing-based company ByteDance, has been accused of electoral interference for running doctored images of politicians with sensationalised text.

The app, from Beijing-based company ByteDance, has been accused of electoral interference for running doctored images of politicians with sensationalised text.

28 Apr 2019 - 1:20AM
India elections: the importance of being Uttar Pradesh

The country’s most populous state is often seen as a bellwether for where India is headed politically. Last time, the BJP won by a large margin – but a new ‘grand alliance’ hopes to scupper its plans.

The country’s most populous state is often seen as a bellwether for where India is headed politically. Last time, the BJP won by a large margin – but a new ‘grand alliance’ hopes to scupper its plans.

17 Apr 2019 - 11:45AM
India election: a death, a bomb and voting machine malfunctions mar first day of polls

As India begins its mammoth election process, at least one politician has been killed in a dispute over a state assembly vote. Meanwhile, Maoist rebels have been blamed for a bomb near a polling booth.

As India begins its mammoth election process, at least one politician has been killed in a dispute over a state assembly vote. Meanwhile, Maoist rebels have been blamed for a bomb near a polling booth.

12 Apr 2019 - 2:05AM
As India’s mega election begins, caste-based parties threaten to upset Modi’s apple cart

While much of the spotlight has been cast on Modi, the lack of a national election narrative has allowed state parties to boost their numbers by forming alliances across caste lines.

While much of the spotlight has been cast on Modi, the lack of a national election narrative has allowed state parties to boost their numbers by forming alliances across caste lines.

11 Apr 2019 - 12:30PM
India election: Modi, Gandhi and the Chinese dragon in the room

The topic of China is barely making ripples in India, where the spotlight has been dominated by bread-and-butter issues and Pakistan.

The topic of China is barely making ripples in India, where the spotlight has been dominated by bread-and-butter issues and Pakistan.

6 Apr 2019 - 7:02PM
Indian election: cow vigilantes, GST, job losses. Voters should have the Modi blues ... so why is Gandhi’s Congress set to fail?

Religious violence, unpopular tax, disappearing jobs. India’s voters have plenty to judge Modi on come election time – so why is opposition Congress struggling to make anything stick?

Religious violence, unpopular tax, disappearing jobs. India’s voters have plenty to judge Modi on come election time – so why is opposition Congress struggling to make anything stick?

6 Apr 2019 - 1:17PM