Politics

  • Person of the Week: Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa

    New Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa is back for thirds, and he isn’t going to let little things like a corruption record or the precedent set in Goa and Manipur get in his way.

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  • karnataka What Does CM Yeddyurappa Want from Karnataka? Swalpa Adjust Maadi!

    Karnataka is synonymous with a phrase: “Swalpa adjust maadi”. Adjust a little, please. The people of the state, particularly the capital Bangalore, bring this attitude to everything: To the rapid transformation of the city, to the current churn in the formation of the state government.

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  • How BJP Won Over “Anti-Hindi” Karnataka

    Despite mix-ups and fumbling translators, PM Modi and his right-hand man Amit Shah won over Karnataka using the language the state has campaigned against – Hindi and its imposition. BJP’s victory has been despite the language barrier, and it is only going to add to the strongman aura that Modi and Shah enjoy.

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  • Hey Liberal Optimists, Wake Up and Smell the Saffron

    Since the 2014 election, a certain breed of citizens has watched from the sidelines as “their country” was swept by the BJP wave: the liberal optimist. A good liberal optimist remains ensconced in their ivory tower, is woke to global affairs but disconnected from the pulse of the nation, and is shocked by the Karnataka verdict.

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  • KarnatakaElections What the Karnataka Result Tells Us About Our Option for 2019

    India has been watching the Karnataka election closely because it serves as the barometer for what we’ll witness in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019. But what are our options, really? Because at this point – give or take a few personalities – the BJP and the Congress are increasingly beginning to look like the same party.

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  • KarnatakaElections #KarnatakaVerdict: The BJP Gets Yet Another Infinity Stone

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  • F/riction: Trump, a Nuclear Deal, and a Nation Misunderstood

    With Trump backing out of the Iran nuclear deal, F/riction revisits All The Shah’s Men, which recounts the dethroning of Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister in 1953, and Under the Shadow, a critically acclaimed horror film set during Iran’s Cultural Revolution.

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  • Person of the Week: The Karnataka Voter

    If the country were a pot full of biryani right now, Karnataka would be the leg piece. And the voters are the ones who decide who gets this juiciest of morsels. Fame is fleeting, and for just one weekend, the voter of this southern state enjoys the tag being the weather vane for the rest of the country.

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  • AMU Protest: Why We Can’t Erase Muhammad Ali Jinnah From History

    The controversy over Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait goes to the heart of how we choose to remember our historical figures. Jinnah has a complicated legacy – but we’ve just given him the same treatment we gave to Fawad Khan and the Pakistani cricket team.

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