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  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years simple imprisonment and fine of Rs. 100 crore by a Special Court in Bangalore, Karnataka, in the disproportionate assets case on September 27, 2014, almost 18 years after case was filed. With the conviction, Ms. Jayalalithaa stands disqualified as a Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and automatically ceases to be Chief Minister. File photo: J. Manoharan/The Hindu

    Politics and Corruption

    The Conviction of a Chief Minister

    SAPTARSHI BHATTACHARYA

    With the Special Court in Bangalore pronouncing AIADMK general secretary, Jayalalithaa, guilty in the disproportionate assets case, she becomes the first Indian Chief Minister in office to be convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The historic verdict has unseated a popularly elected Chief Minister and will have a deep impact on the politics of Tamil Nadu, says Saptarshi Bhattacharya.

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    Mr. Modi's 100 Days: A Reality Check

    Vidya Subrahmaniam

    Much of the adulatory media coverage of the performance of the Modi Government in its first 100 days overlooked significant gaps between intent and action, points out Vidya Subrahmaniam.

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    Naga Identity - Ideals, Parallels, and Reality

    Namrata Goswami

    The Naga Hoho, the apex civil society body of the Nagas, while striving for a unified Naga identity, has been fighting a losing battle to bring about reconciliation among the several factions of Naga militias divided along tribal lines or factional loyalties that override ethnicity. The major challenge towards building a cohesive political unit is a fragmented identity engaged in internecine strife with bloodied consequences, which is in opposition to the larger Naga identity, says Namrata Goswami.

Foreign relations, despite being a Union subject, has high relevance for the States, particularly those along the country’s border. In this study on India-Pakistan ties and the active interest shown by the Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat in furthering bilateral trade relations, Tridivesh Singh Maini, argues for the need to factor-in the aspirations and needs of States in shaping foreign relations.
Narendra Modi speaks at a rally in Vandalur. Photo: PTI

General Elections 2014

BJP’s Elusive Search in Tamil Nadu

M.R.Venkatesh

The BJP’s strategy to raise its vote share in Tamil Nadu to 16 per cent by enlisting the support of smaller regional parties and caste-based groups was apparent at Narendra Modi’s recent rally in Vandalur. Yet, despite the apparent support, Modi’s ability to connect to India’s multi-cultural and linguistic population remains unclear.