Opinion | Modi And Rahul: In UP, Two Nominations, Worlds Apart

Opinion | Modi And Rahul: In UP, Two Nominations, Worlds Apart

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Wednesday May 15, 2024

Personae and political styles came into sharp relief when Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi filed their nominations for the Lok Sabha elections in two Uttar Pradesh seats.

Opinion | In Arvind Kejriwal's Release, A Catalogue Of Contradictions

Opinion | In Arvind Kejriwal's Release, A Catalogue Of Contradictions

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Monday May 13, 2024

The Supreme Court's decision to release Arvind Kejriwal on a 21-day interim bail to enable him to participate in the election campaign has raised eyebrows. For one, his plea did not seek bail, it had challenged the legality of his arrest.

Opinion: Rahul Gandhi's '<i>Shatranj</i>' Move In Raebareli - Masterstroke Or Blunder?

Opinion: Rahul Gandhi's 'Shatranj' Move In Raebareli - Masterstroke Or Blunder?

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Saturday May 04, 2024

Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh has described Rahul Gandhi as a 'shatir' (expert) 'shatranj ke khiladi' (chess player) while announcing the party's decision to field him from Raebareli.

Opinion | Congress, Wayanad And Rahul: Flags of Discontent

Opinion | Congress, Wayanad And Rahul: Flags of Discontent

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Friday April 05, 2024

Already pushed around by allies who do not shy away from bargaining for more seats, the Wayanad experience shows that a rather scared and besieged Congress has entered the 2024 Lok Sabha fray this time.

Opinion | How 'Victim' Mindset, Lack Of Narrative Is Hurting The INDIA Bloc

Opinion | How 'Victim' Mindset, Lack Of Narrative Is Hurting The INDIA Bloc

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Monday April 01, 2024

At the Ramlila Maidan rally on Sunday, the INDIA bloc presented no narratives to counter the Modi government's policies, nor was an alternative agenda put on the table. Instead, what was apparent was a 'victim' mindset.

Opinion: Sandeshkhali And The Stark Irony Of Mamata's 'Ma, Maati, Manush' Plank

Opinion: Sandeshkhali And The Stark Irony Of Mamata's 'Ma, Maati, Manush' Plank

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Thursday March 07, 2024

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's clarion call of 'Ma, Maati, Manush' (mother, land and people), which swept her into power in 2011, seems steeped in irony today against accounts of late-night molestation of women, rape, land grab, and harassment of t

Opinion: Modi Dives Right In For A Win, Congress Continues To Tread Water

Opinion: Modi Dives Right In For A Win, Congress Continues To Tread Water

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Tuesday February 27, 2024

With Rahul flying overseas just weeks ahead of the elections, his party may be left wondering about his seriousness towards preparing for the polls, the dates for which are scheduled to be announced in the coming weeks.

Opinion: Floundering I.N.D.I.A Cuts A Sorry Figure Against BJP's '370' Push

Opinion: Floundering I.N.D.I.A Cuts A Sorry Figure Against BJP's '370' Push

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Tuesday February 20, 2024

Modi's well-crafted strategy for the Lok Sabha polls was reflected in the recent national council meeting of the BJP in Delhi. Against that, the Congress-led I.N.D.I.A bloc seems to be cutting a sorry figure.

Opinion: Bharat Ratna Awards-Merit Gets Primacy Over Party Affiliations

Opinion: Bharat Ratna Awards-Merit Gets Primacy Over Party Affiliations

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Monday February 12, 2024

The BJP seems to have deployed a complex poll strategy-openly criticising the current Congress leadership while simultaneously bestowing honours upon veterans.

Opinion: Is INDIA Bloc Missing Sonia Gandhi's Touch?

Opinion: Is INDIA Bloc Missing Sonia Gandhi's Touch?

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Monday February 05, 2024

Two statements last week by prime leaders of the parties that, to date, pass off as INDIA bloc members, provide pointers towards the outcome of the 2024 general elections.

Opinion: Nirmala Sitharaman's Speech Redefines Secularism, Recasts Castes

Opinion: Nirmala Sitharaman's Speech Redefines Secularism, Recasts Castes

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Saturday February 03, 2024

The absence of populism, or 'rewdi' - as freebies are referred to these days - in Nirmala Sitharaman's interim budget speech radiated the Narendra Modi government's poise on the eve of Lok Sabha elections.

Opinion: Advisers Misled And Alarmed Rajiv Gandhi, Says Zail Singh's Aide

Opinion: Advisers Misled And Alarmed Rajiv Gandhi, Says Zail Singh's Aide

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Saturday January 20, 2024

Insights on how advisers misled and alarmed Rajiv Gandhi during five years of his premiership are cited in an interview published in a commemorative book on the life of nonagenarian Tarlochan Singh, who was a confidant of President Gyani Zail Singh.

Opinion: Ayodhya - Congress's Epic Tragedy Of Errors

Opinion: Ayodhya - Congress's Epic Tragedy Of Errors

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Friday January 19, 2024

Oblivious of Congress's history and the part played by it in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, both obtrusively and unobtrusively, the current leadership of the Grand Old Party has withdrawn into a self-glorifying cocoon.

Opinion: Rahul Gandhi's Yatra 2.0 Delayed By Fog, Eclipsed By Milind Deora

Opinion: Rahul Gandhi's Yatra 2.0 Delayed By Fog, Eclipsed By Milind Deora

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Sunday January 14, 2024

The son of Murli Deora, the Congress's fund collector and first to acknowledge Sonia Gandhi as 'the real boss' way back in 1985, has quit the party.

Opinion: With "Advisers" Like These, Rahul Gandhi Needs No Enemies

Opinion: With "Advisers" Like These, Rahul Gandhi Needs No Enemies

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya | Tuesday January 02, 2024

Rahul Gandhi's trusted advisors have a penchant for making statements that queer the pitch for the Congress before elections.

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