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BJP’s vote share in South could rise but seats may not

The South has been a blind spot for the BJP for quite some time but this time round, the party is focusing extensively on these states and hopes to do much better. Till now the BJP has not been able to make considerable gains south of the Vindhyas, except in Karnataka.

India’s clinical trial framework needs proper implementation

The controversy regarding clinical trials in India is far from over. A new chapter was added to the saga on Monday when SC pulled up the Centre for not ensuring that foreign pharmaceutical majors compensate those who suffer adverse effects during trials.
For the past two or three decades, Indian Muslims have been searching for an alternative to the Congress, which, most of them hold, is responsible for their present terrible socio-economic condition, writes Shahid Siddiqui.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the most talked about topic these days, especially after the enactment of the Companies Act 2013.
When a porn star, a terrorist’s partner, or a tainted celebrity is shown by the media as coveted by journalists, industrialists, and crème de la crème of society; the message to the youth is that this too is an option, writes Dheeraj Sharma.
In the election race you see the kith and kin of larger-than-life personages all the way from Mahatma Gandhi to AB Vajpayee, P Chidambaram, Mulayam Singh, Digvijaya Singh, Rajnath Singh and so on, writes Yash Paul Narula.
So we have two models to choose from. One, where the investor is wooed and social indices are given short shrift. The other where the investor is frightened off and social indices are commendable, writes Lalita Panicker.
How will history see Manmohan Singh? History’s overall verdict on Manmohan singh’s tenure as prime minister is likely to be positive, writes Mark Tully.
Politicians wrongly believe that Muslims exercise their votes en masse on the instructions of an influential cleric.
Barely five months after upholding Section 377 of IPC, which criminalises gay sex, the SC confirmed transgender rights, calling any discrimination against the “third gender” a violation of the Constitution.
In villages near Varanasi inhabited by people belonging to the Musahar caste, there is no propaganda about Modi. They are only looking for some relief from their daily grind and rely on the BSP and the Congress.
One advantage of not being in power is that we can dream of reshaping the world exactly as we please. The BJP has had this luxury for some time — now the reality is about to hit it, writes Abhijit Banerjee.
BJP leaders, including Narendra Modi, might dismiss Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s toffee and balloon analogies as the obsession of a child
The serious acts of omission and commission executed by the UPA 2 government must be rejected in these elections lock, stock and barrel. But, then, the alternative that is being projected as the ‘messiah’ does not have a different set of policies to offer, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi has swamped the Indian media ever since his declaration as BJP election campaign chief in June 2013. With the D-Day (May 16) less than a month away, here’s an analysis of what seems to be working for him or what could go wrong.
Gitanjali Medical Centre is one of four hospitals getting 24x7 critical care using Philip’s InteleICU solution, which allows specialists at a command centre to closely monitor and treat people in multiple ICUs across several states.
Pessimism comes naturally some Indian IT-watchers. In the mid-1990s, there were those who felt India was basically a repair shop for the Y2K bug that was feared to hit computers in the year 2000- but did not.
The critical question that hasn’t been addressed in Baru's book is: Has the book uncovered the dark hidden secrets of the Manmohan Singh prime ministership or simply acknowledged a reality that was staring us in the face, writes Karan Thapar. PMO ups the defence ante, says Singh is King

Can people who showed the door even to a person as esteemed as Vajpayee, vote into office a govt headed by one who has split the country into those who worship him and those who fear him? Perhaps they can, perhaps they will, writes Gopalkrishna Gandhi.


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