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India

Praveen Rai

Commentary: What India's next president should do

20 Jul 2017

Ram Nath Kovind will be India’s 14th president. But for the ruling coalition’s choice and his electoral opponent Meira Kumar, merit and political credentials mattered less than their caste. Both the BJP and the opposition chose them because they are Dalits, which made it difficult for other parties across the political spectrum to reject them.

Commentary: What India's next president should do

20 Jul 2017

Ram Nath Kovind will be India’s 14th president. But for the ruling coalition’s choice and his electoral opponent Meira Kumar, merit and political credentials mattered less than their caste. Both the BJP and the opposition chose them because they are Dalits, which made it difficult for other parties across the political spectrum to reject them.

Commentary: Aam Aadmi Party wasting its mandate

07 Apr 2017

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has developed a penchant for hogging the headlines more for the wrong raison d'être than the right political vibes. The party is presently under the media glare over party boss and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s attempt to let taxpayers foot his lawyer’s bill in a defamation case and the Shunglu Committee report indicting his government of nepotism and irregularities in appointments. The political storm over the party’s narrative before upcoming local polls in Delhi and its dismal electoral outings in Punjab and Goa raises big questions for the party and its future in Indian politics.

Commentary: Uttar Pradesh election a blueprint for 2019

07 Feb 2017

The assembly election in Uttar Pradesh -- and in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur -- is the semi-final match between the BJP and other political parties as the outcome will provide a blueprint for the general election in 2019.

Demonetisation bound to boomerang on the BJP

09 Dec 2016

The Nov. 8 declaration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demonetise the economy was a bolt from the blue widely hailed by many Indian citizens. The BJP was quick to jump on the bandwagon and call it a ‘masterstroke’ that would redeem the party’s election promise in 2014 to end black money in the country.

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