HindustanTimes Fri,28 Aug 2015

Falling into the map

Redrawing borders in an age when everyone is but a click away, writes Sharon Fernandes.

Annus horribilis

Why is Indian politics so depressing and disillusioning? And why is it so repetitive? We seem to ceaselessly hurtle from controversy to crisis, from drama to debacle and from hysteria to histrionics, but all the while the stories doggedly stay the same. Karan Thapar writes.

Jokers in the pack

In Uttar Pradesh, which has seen innovative caste coalitions, Rahul Gandhi is betting on Other Backward Castes for core support, writes Ashok Malik.

UP may hold balance for the Central government

A good performance in smaller states headed for polls between January-end and March would boost the morale of a beleaguered Congress. But it’s squarely in the hands of the UP electorate to bolster the numbers the UPA badly needs in Parliament to pursue policy. Vinod Sharma writes.

'We intend to check division of Muslim votes'

In a freewheeling conversation with M Tariq Khan and Gulam Jeelani, Maulana Salman Nadwi shares his views and the reasons that prompted him to take the plunge trying to forge an alliance of Muslim and OBC outfits in the state.

In her defence

Despite securing top positions in male-dominated Indian politics, women leaders can’t play by conventional rules. They must be rule-breakers to succeed. Sagarika Ghose writes.

Numbers don't lie

The Ranganath Misra panel report cannot be the basis for quotas for Muslims. Vivek Gumaste writes.

The great cover-up

Elections are round the corner, but what are those structures covered in tarpaulin? Let's take a dekko

Ten commandments

CEC Circular no 23(A)(e)(iib) of 2012 — With reference to our previous directive on the covering of statues of elephants and others, it is hereby notified that... Manas Chakravarty writes.

Suspended, Kushwaha is now a closed chapter

BJP president Nitin Gadkari says the party would prefer to sit in the opposition rather than ally with the SP and BSP to form the government in UP. And though the construction of the Ram temple will remain a cultural issue, it is not on the political agenda now.

Raring to rule!

SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav prefers to be conservative and cautious in replying questions on various issues including the ongoing tussle for Muslim support. Here is Yadav in conversation with Sunita Aron.

BJP's choice of CM shows its lack of leadership in UP

AICC general secretary and UP in-charge Digvijaya Singh is camping in Lucknow to oversee his party's poll management and the campaign for 2012 assembly elections. Singh talks to HT about the controversies his statements have generated and the Congress' poll prospects.

Uma is one among several BJP leaders

Uttar Pradesh chief minister from 2000 to 2002 and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president between 2005 and 2009, Rajnath Singh is among the party's key campaigners for the coming elections in India's most populous and politically significant state

Rushdie visit would have affected polls

People want change, BJP, Cong cannot deliver it After covering 8,000 km in his yatra, Samajwadi Party state president Akhilesh Singh Yadav says Uttar Pradesh is ready to vote for development.

A politics of little change

Caste equations and the minority card will determine which party wins Uttar Pradesh.
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Stop playing the caste card in elections

election campaign rally
Whenever there is election in the country, caste appears to the fore as a factor to inter-play in the whole electioneering.

Do you think Samajwadi Party can live up to its promises in UP?

Samajwadi Party has claimed a majority in 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly.