An analysis of the UPA performance over the last 5 years on issues ranging from rural development to national security, and debates on various policy issues.

Tamil Nadu and Andhra key to electoral puzzle?

What makes these two southern states critical is that, on the one hand, they account for 81 seats in the Lok Sabha &, on the other, have the tendency to swing entirely one way, leaving the winner with a tremendous advantage

Karat and inevitability

The calculation is that politics is turning Left and this presents a chance to turn policies in a Left direction

Regional parties hog the limelight

Mint is reviewing key metrics in the Lok Sabha since 1952, based on a compilation by PRS Legislative Research, an independent research initiative. Today, in the fifth and concluding part of this series, we focus on coalition logic and participation of smaller parties in parliamentary debates in the 14th Lok Sabha

Being ‘friends’ with the Congress and BJP

Both the Congress and BJP have created websites to enlighten and educate their "friends" among the voting public

Where the gender gap is a tradition

A review of the key metrics in the Lok Sabha since 1952, based on a compilation by PRS Legislative Research, finds the representation of women in the lower house of Parliament has never crossed 10%

Next Lok Sabha may see more fresh faces

Mint is reviewing key metrics in the Lok Sabha since 1952, based on a compilation by PRS Legislative Research, an independent research initiative. Today, in the third part, we focus on members of Parliament (MPs) who are not grass-roots politicians.

The Lok Sabha has become older, but is it wiser too?

As part of the coverage of the 15th general election in the country, Mint reviews key metrics of the Lok Sabha since 1952 based on a compilation by PRS Legislative Research, an independent research initiative. The first part in the series reviews the age and education profile and the second part, due to run on Wednesday, will focus on the influence of dynastic politics

Family Inc. driven elections in Karnataka

It might be a case of the sheer superlative with blood running ‘thickest’ when in politics, as father Yeddyurappa personally oversees the election campaign of his son

SC to hear Varun’s plea against slapping of NSA tomorrow

The Supreme Court will hear a petition filed by BJP leader Varun Gandhi on Monday challenging the invoking of NSA by the Uttar Pradesh government against him

A re-iteration of sexism in Indian politics

The dismal number of female candidates fielded by all the main political parties is not only undemocratic but indicates hypocrisy in terms of their seriousness about female empowerment

Was Jarnail Singh right?

Should Jarnail Singh really be vilified for what he did, considering all he had been through in the anti Sikh riots?

Focus on quantity at the cost of quality

The attention the UPA has devoted to primary education has been relatively obscured but some big initiatives in higher education

Govt schemes lacked proper implementation

Development is not simply tax sops to the corporate sector or, investing in public sector enterprises; it is largely concerned with basic training, basic health and basic infrastructure to all

Policy drift wastes historic opportunity

UPA govt leaves a legacy of largest-ever combined fiscal deficit in India’s history, close to 12% of GDP

No definite course to inspire confidence

Unfortunately, even after the traumatic experience of 26/11, the required overhaul of the police and intelligence machinery is not taking place
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