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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.

25 May 2019 - 12:18AM

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.

Indian election results: What next for Rahul Gandhi and Congress after their flop at the polls?
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.

20 May 2019 - 10:55PM

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.

India election: Narendra Modi’s BJP coalition looks set to retain power with stronger support than before
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.

19 May 2019 - 8:52PM

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

India election: how will the Chinese community factor play out in Kolkata?
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

17 May 2019 - 5:09PM

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

Communism in India: dead or just waiting for young saviours?
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.

16 May 2019 - 10:47PM

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.

The truth about ‘tawhid’: how a central tenet of Islam became a violent strain linked to the Sri Lanka bombings
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.

3 May 2019 - 10:08PM

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

Pakistan-based terrorist’s UN blacklisting offers hope for India-China relations
‘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.

28 Apr 2019 - 11:02PM

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.

‘They do not want Delhi to interfere’: why Punjab will be an outlier in the India election
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?

22 Apr 2019 - 10:51PM

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?

India elections: Why Rahul Gandhi is looking south for support
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.

19 Apr 2019 - 9:46PM

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.

What’s China got to do with elections in India’s southernmost town?
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.

28 Apr 2019 - 1:20AM

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

Indian politicians accuse China-made app Helo of election interference and call for TikTok to be banned
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.

17 Apr 2019 - 11:45AM

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.

India elections: the importance of being Uttar Pradesh
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.

12 Apr 2019 - 2:03AM

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.

India election: a death, a bomb and voting machine malfunctions mar first day of polls
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.

11 Apr 2019 - 12:30PM

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.

As India’s mega election begins, caste-based parties threaten to upset Modi’s apple cart
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.

6 Apr 2019 - 7:02PM

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

India election: Modi, Gandhi and the Chinese dragon in the room
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?

6 Apr 2019 - 1:17PM

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?

Indian election: cow vigilantes, GST, job losses. Voters should have the Modi blues ... so why is Gandhi’s Congress set to fail?