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India’s elections results around the world Op-Eds

India’s elections results around the world

How have media agencies around the world reacted to the BJP’s successive victory in the world’s largest democracy? It is a mix of praise for the BJP’...

What next? Op-Eds

What next?

On the eve of the results, irrespective of who wins, what are the top five priorities for the incoming government?

Exit polls: Do they matter? Op-Eds

Exit polls: Do they matter?

Controversy has erupted over the near-unanimous result in exit polls, showing the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coming back to power....

India’s fake news hurdle Op-Eds

India’s fake news hurdle

The world’s largest democratic exercise is threatened by the presence of fake news which has infiltrated virtually all levels of social media...

The App-Store Election Op-Eds

The App-Store Election

Mass communication has revolutionized a party campaign in Indian elections for some decades. However, the advent of a variety of new digital...

The 2019 Elections in foreign publications Op-Eds

The 2019 Elections in foreign publications

Mainstream media in India has extensively covered all phases of the election with a religious fervour, but how have the major foreign press agencies...

Hand, Lotus or Elephant? Symbols in Indian elections Op-Eds

Hand, Lotus or Elephant? Symbols in Indian elections

Symbols have played a pivotal role in India since its first general election in 1951-52 and they have grown beyond the convenience of representing a...

India’s job conundrum Op-Eds

India’s job conundrum

Despite the extensive rhetoric of the BJP and INC, the annual employment statistics is telling a different story. The data suggest that, at least in...

Building local climate resilience Op-Eds

Building local climate resilience

As India prepares for the aftermath of Cyclone Fani, an important question that needs to be addressed concerns the states governments preparedness to...

The NorthEast: India’s strategic frontier Op-Eds

The NorthEast: India’s strategic frontier

The North East has been often ignored in national political campaigns, with candidates making a stop at a single location for the purposes of a nice...

Wanted: A foreign policy for 2024 Op-Eds

Wanted: A foreign policy for 2024

India needs a forward-thinking foreign policy irrespective of who wins the elections in May 2019. New Delhi’s Act East policy has been a step in the...

Is India sliding towards a Presidential democracy? Op-Eds

Is India sliding towards a Presidential democracy?

The BJP campaign juggernaut continues to roll as the INC gathers steam in key battleground states across Central India in the lead up to the world’s...

Imran Khan’s reverse swing Op-Eds

Imran Khan’s reverse swing

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a statement praising Narendra Modi’s BJP as being a more suitable partner for dialogue instead of rival INC...

Haryana: India's SEZ capital needs holistic development State Profile

Haryana: India's SEZ capital needs holistic development

One of South Asia's wealthiest and economically developed regions is gasping for development in the form of medical infrastructure and sustainable...

Jammu and Kashmir: Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat State Profile

Jammu and Kashmir: Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat

Jammu and Kashmir have become the talking point of the country after the recent military tensions, with emotions flaring on all corners of the nation...

West Bengal: Tigers of reforms? State Profile

West Bengal: Tigers of reforms?

West Bengal has been the centre of India's arts and cultural movement, giving the nation thinkers, philosophers and leaders of excellence. Despite...

Uttarakhand: The Himalayan heartland and ecological conservation State Profile

Uttarakhand: The Himalayan heartland and ecological conservation

Uttarakhand is a relatively young state which has seen a bout of electoral changes over the past decade. The once-stronghold of the INC is the state...

Arunachal Pradesh: Development at the foothills of the Himalayas State Profile

Arunachal Pradesh: Development at the foothills of the Himalayas

Arunachal Pradesh is one of the 29 states of India and is the northeastern-most state of the country. Arunachal Pradesh borders the states of Assam...

Andhra Pradesh: New state, new opportunities State Profile

Andhra Pradesh: New state, new opportunities

Andhra Pradesh is the eighth-largest state in India, covering an area of 162,970 km2 (62,920 sq mi). As per the 2011 census, it is the tenth most...

Assam: The political battleground of the northeast State Profile

Assam: The political battleground of the northeast

Assam is a state in Northeast India, situated south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys. Assam covers an area of...

Bihar: Caught between development and politics ? State Profile

Bihar: Caught between development and politics ?

Bihar is an Indian state considered to be a part of eastern, northern, and north-central India. It is the thirteenth-largest Indian state, with an...

Chhattisgarh: The mineral hub of India State Profile

Chhattisgarh: The mineral hub of India

Chhattisgarh is one of the 29 states of India, located in the centre-east of the country. It is the tenth-largest state in India, with an area of 135...

Goa: Golden beaches and unfulfilled promises State Profile

Goa: Golden beaches and unfulfilled promises

One of India's smallest states sends only two MPs to Parliament but is an undisputed part of the country. Goa has been a stronghold for the BJP since...

Jharkhand: Mineral wealth, human poverty State Profile

Jharkhand: Mineral wealth, human poverty

Jharkhand represents an interesting mix of development and poverty. The state houses 40% of India's mineral resources but its citizens are one of the...

Gujarat: Economic growth over human development? State Profile

Gujarat: Economic growth over human development?

India's economic powerhouse has been touted as the model to emulate, but has the state done enough to ensure the holistic development of its people?...

Manipur: Imphal's development impasse State Profile

Manipur: Imphal's development impasse

For decades, Manipur has been fighting active separatist movements which demand succession from the Union of India. In the extensive crossfire, the...

Nagaland: North-East's hidden gem State Profile

Nagaland: North-East's hidden gem

Nagaland is situated at a crucial junction between India and Myanmar, accentuating its importance as a border state. Despite its geostrategic...

Odisha: Prepared for the future State Profile

Odisha: Prepared for the future

Odisha has arguably been the country's most disaster-ready state for the past twenty years, and the rest of the country could learn to emulate its...

Punjab: Essence of productivity State Profile

Punjab: Essence of productivity

Punjab has been the breadbasket for the country by providing with a constant supply of wheat, vegetables and fruits. However, the state has been...

Rajasthan: Fortifying a growth plan for the future State Profile

Rajasthan: Fortifying a growth plan for the future

Rajasthan is a popular tourist destination for domestic and foreign travellers, but does it have sufficient infrastructure to sustain more visitors?...

Sikkim: Economic Growth and environmental conservation State Profile

Sikkim: Economic Growth and environmental conservation

Sikkim has become India's leading advocate for organic farming and renewable energy, both of which are required in the onset of climate change. What...

Tamil Nadu: The Sangam of renewable energy and conservation State Profile

Tamil Nadu: The Sangam of renewable energy and conservation

Tamil Nadu is the economic powerhouse of South India, but it is also the leader in water and energy conservation while having the world's sixth...

Telangana: The birth of a forward-looking state State Profile

Telangana: The birth of a forward-looking state

Telangana is the country's youngest state and it has a lot to show for its successful economic policies. However, does it have enough to meet the...

Tripura: Hidden state, ignored development State Profile

Tripura: Hidden state, ignored development

Tripura is one of the most geographically isolated states in the country with a single national highway connecting it with the rest of the nation....

Uttar Pradesh: India's fertile battleground state State Profile

Uttar Pradesh: India's fertile battleground state

UP has caught the attention of the media for every election cycle. Whether it was for the intense campaigning or the unorthodox political candidates...

Kerala: Development for a green future State Profile

Kerala: Development for a green future

India's leading states on a number of different HDI indicators was jolted by massive floods last year, re-focusing the debate on sustainable...

Meghalaya: Its raining opportunities! State Profile

Meghalaya: Its raining opportunities!

Meghalaya receives the country's highest rainfall yet there seems to be a drought of development. Much like how the monsoon rain brings in relief for...

Himachal Pradesh: Mountains calling for renewable energy State Profile

Himachal Pradesh: Mountains calling for renewable energy

Himachal's fragile ecology has been impacted by the surge in tourists visiting Shimla in peak Summer months. As a result, Shimla's rapid and...

Karnataka: Mysore Pak and Environmental conservation State Profile

Karnataka: Mysore Pak and Environmental conservation

Karnataka has seen remarkable progress in all key HDI indicators as well as Economic indices but the major issues which still plague the state are...

Madhya Pradesh: India's beating heart State Profile

Madhya Pradesh: India's beating heart

India's geographic centre is reflective of the many problems the country faces. Despite the sustained, fast-paced economic growth, key human...

Maharashtra: The Sweet smell of success State Profile

Maharashtra: The Sweet smell of success

Maharashtra is arguably India's most prosperous state with the highest per capita income and strong performances in key HDI indicators. So, what is a...

Mizoram: Distance from development State Profile

Mizoram: Distance from development

Mizoram has a highly literate population but there is no robust employment generation nor is there any sign of rapid economic development. Carved out...