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  • 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.

  • DMK South Zone Organiser and MP M.K.Azhagiri with his step-sister Kanimozhi outside the Parliament House

    DMK’s Azhagiri Riddle: Realpolitik or Bravado Overdone?

    M.R.Venkatesh

    The line between bravado and pyrrhic victory is slender, more so in the realm of political melodrama in India. The latest case in point is the internal spat between brothers in the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) as to who should be the party president, M. Karunanidhi’s successor. Swinging between political bravado and high voltage family ties, how far can M.K. Azhagiri go in this round of tussle with his younger brother, M.K. Stalin? Would it be at the cost of another split in the first post-Independence regional party founded in 1949? M.R. Venkatesh analyses the controversy.

These are times when the controversies surrounding cricket are more in the headlines than the score. Last year’s Indian Premier League was dogged by a betting and match fixing scandal, prompting the Supreme Court to set up a probe committee. The Justice Mudgal Committee recently submitted its report to the Supreme Court, but one of its members differed with the majority view. The Hindu Centre’s Abhishek Mukherjee analyses the two reports that bring out the dark secrets of the gentleman’s game.
A Pakistani ranger closes the gate as the first truck from India goes to Pakistan from the Wagah Border, in 2007. Trade links between the two countries were disrupted after the arrest of a truck driver from Pakistan on January 17th and seizure of his vehicle by Indian authorities. Photo: PTI

FOREIGN POLICY

Border Crossings: Forging Closer Ties

Tridivesh Singh Maini

Border States can act as facilitators of closer economic and cultural ties between nations, and should be made important stakeholders in foreign policy, argues Tridivesh Singh Maini, while analysing the contrasting approaches of Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat towards relations with Pakistan.