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Lok Sabha polls: Young Guns are blazing new trails in New Delhi, Bengal

A new generation of political leaders across parties are emerging on the scene. By the looks of it, they could be going places.

People stand in queue to cast their votes outside a polling booth during the fifth phase Lok Sabha elections. (Photo By Waseem Andrabi /Hindustan Times)
Published on May 20, 2024 05:54 PM IST

Poetry and literature raise high the pitch of Lok Sabha elections

Verse-bytes from West Bengal, Meghalaya, Assam, Bihar and New Delhi.

Congress and AAP supporters during Arvind Kejriwal's roadshow.(Hindustan Times)
Published on May 15, 2024 09:09 PM IST

PM Modi, Shah leading from the front in BJP’s high-voltage election campaign

Arvind Kejriwal may have sparked speculation about succession in BJP, but there is little doubt that the election campaign is being powered by Modi, Shah.

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with home minister Amit Shah.(PTI)
Updated on May 14, 2024 07:53 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: How will lack of momentum in polling affect BJP, INDIA bloc?

A relatively slow start to the Lok Sabha elections seems to have dampened spirits across the political spectrum.

Ahmednagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public meeting for Lok Sabha elections.(PTI)
Updated on May 08, 2024 06:56 AM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Karnataka see history come alive

Next-Gen of erstwhile Royal Families are hitting the campaign trails for new roles to play. In the process, India's princely legacy is invoked with passion.

A new generation of former Royal family members is sweating it out in campaign trails in heritage towns of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Karnataka.
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 08:12 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024: How political families dominate India's discourse

All political parties rave and rant against nepotism and dynastic politics; in practice they do exactly what they oppose in public

Rahul Gandhi, Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Satalin and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 05:05 PM IST

The Asaduddin Owaisi factor in Lok Sabha elections

Asaduddin Owaisi is setting his sights higher with the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Will he be able to make a mark in the Hindi heartland?

interview AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi during an election nomination rally for Lok Sabha elections in Hyderabad on April 19. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 11:36 AM IST

Inheritance laws, not political opposition, has cast a shadow over UCC

Implementation of UCC may mean changes in Hindu Succession Act and Indian Succession Act. An individual can challenge its applicability on division of estate.

PM Narendra Modi asserted that the BJP will work towards implementing the one nation, one election initiative, and stressed that the Uniform Civil Code was in the national interest;(AFP)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 04:50 PM IST

Can Tejashwi Yadav, anti-incumbency upset BJP's 'mission 40' in Bihar?

Anti-incumbency, and a jaded Nitish could help RJD-Congress-Left gain lost ground in Bihar, notwithstanding Narendra Modi’s image.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, deputy chief ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Sinha, RJD MLA Tejashwi Yadav. (File photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 04:58 PM IST

Lok Sabha election: India Greens Party set for poll debut

No political party is willing to put environment and ecology as election campaign issues, says party founder Suresh Nautiyal.

India Greens Party founder Suresh Nautiyal.
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 04:57 PM IST

Three civil servants weigh in Sanyal’s controversial comments on the bureaucracy

Sanjeev Sanyal said 5 to 8 years of preparation for the civil services exam by lakhs of students is a “waste of youthful energy”

Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) member and economist, Sanjeev Sanyal(HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 12:25 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 will be fought on and decided by mobile phones

Meta accounts for an overwhelming per cent of social or communication app usage in India. Combined with AI, it makes a potent weapon for Lok Sabha candidates.

What is of particular concern now is the battle of attrition between the government and social media platforms on what content needs to be used and what is pulled down. (AFP PHOTO / Representational Image)
Published on Mar 26, 2024 05:41 PM IST

The Mayawati enigma deepens

Why would a heavyweight politician in today’s world of shifting tactical alliances, decide to go solo? Speculations abound but no one can quite say for sure.

BSP chief Mayawati
Published on Mar 13, 2024 05:22 PM IST

A true mental education will prepare man for higher life: Saint of Pondicherry

Commemorating Women’s Day on March 8 with the Mother’s writings on education.

Women’s Day, March 8, is an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of the Mother, who was born Mirra Alfassa in Paris.(sriaurobindoashram.org)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 05:20 PM IST

Opposition-ruled states, Rahul Gandhi bet big on elusive caste surveys

With a burgeoning caste-neutral middle class and so-called Hindu consolidation, these surveys could be last ditch efforts to derail BJP Lok Sabha aspirations.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses the crowd during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Ratlam on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 03:19 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024: How will Muslims vote?

In popular analyses, Muslims are treated as a homogeneous voting bloc. In reality, they are as divided on economic and class lines as any other bloc.

Prime Minister Modi subsequently held several events with notable Pasmanda Muslims later in the year. (AFP File Photo)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 01:14 PM IST

Recalling Songs of Spring that Sprang forth from Sarojini Naidu

Commemorating the Nightingale’s 145th birth anniversary and 75th year of passing into history

Sarojini Naidu threw herself into the Indian struggle for independence and various women’s causes tied to the nationalist movement(Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Mar 02, 2024 02:45 PM IST

Even SP has wilted under the Hindutva wave, says party leader

When the political discourse centres only around the BJP’s ability to `show Muslims their place’, the country has taken a dangerous turn, says Saleem Sherwani.

Former SP leader Saleem Sherwani and party president Akhilesh Yadav.(File)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 08:23 PM IST

BJP and the fine art of weaving poll alliances

Estranged allies, Congress chums of Rahul Gandhi, opposition leaders in general, caste leaders in remote locations, all are on BJP's poll-time radar.

PM Narendra Modi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. (HT file)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 03:18 PM IST

201-year-old letter that redefined Indian education

Recalling Raja Rammohun Roy’s contributions when Goddess Saraswati is being invoked on Basant Panchmi.

Raja Rammohun Roy
Published on Feb 14, 2024 12:46 PM IST

BJP govt 'white paper' on UPA economy pure politics: Key Manmohan Singh aide

Sanjaya Baru, former media advisor to then PM Manmohan Singh, says UPA government presided over a period where the Indian economy grew by 8–9%.

Prime Minister Narendra Modia and former PM Manmohan Singh
Updated on Feb 11, 2024 11:30 AM IST

Charan Singh’s clarion call in 1946 changed agriculture in North India

Noted political scientist Paul Brass identified him as the principal spokesman of the middle peasantry of India.

former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.(File)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 04:51 PM IST

Indian Navy’s anti-piracy steps gain momentum

India's top priority remains protection of its lucrative trade and petroleum routes that come through northern Arabian Sea and western Indian Ocean.

An Iranian-flagged vessel FV Omari after being intercepted by Indian Navy's INS Sharda. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 04:29 PM IST

India-Taliban thaw on Afghanistan: What really is happening?

From dire forebodings in 2021 when the Taliban came to power to 2024, New Delhi has come a long way in Kabul.

A Taliban security personnel watches a tractor squash opium plantations at a field in Arghandab district of Kandahar province on January 15, 2024. (Photo by Sanaullah SEIAM / AFP)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 10:54 AM IST

Budget 2024 underscores the challenges in higher education

To acquire global status, Indian students need loans and while the Finance Minister’s focus on the youth is redeeming, the same cannot be said about credit.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the Interim Union Budget 2024 at the Lok Sabha of the Parliament House in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 08:50 PM IST

Modi govt woos ‘labhartis’ in Budget, continues with bucking up delivery system

With not much room to announce in the interim budget, the finance minister reaffirms that India is on the path of reforms.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the Interim Union Budget 2024 at the Lok Sabha of the Parliament House in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 05:37 PM IST

Triptych of Maharana Pratap of Mewar: Culture, agriculture, and natural wealth

He was not merely a just ruler and a great fighter but the custodian of his territory’s natural wealth

A statue of Maharana Pratap is seen in this image.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 03:31 AM IST

Gandhi-Bose disagreement was based on mutual self-respect

Gandhi's name will be written in golden letters in history, said Netaji in 1943 broadcast. This came four years after their disagreement at Tripuri Congress.

Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.(.Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 08:25 AM IST

Kalkaji temple mishap is the latest in a series of deathtraps for pilgrims

The collapse of an elevated platform at a religious congregation in Delhi on Sunday represents a larger and deeper malaise.

The site of the Kalkaji temple where a wooden platform collapsed during a ‘Jagran’ early Sunday (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 03:45 PM IST

On Republic Day, recalling the voyage of India’s National Anthem

The journey of the epic song began on 27 December 1911 when 'Jana Gana Mana' was sung at the Kolkata Session of Indian National Congress

School children salute as they stand to attention and sing the national anthem Jana Gana Mana at a school in Hyderabad.(AFP file photo)
Published on Jan 26, 2024 01:44 PM IST
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