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Modi Government Takes Charge

Amid euphoria and massive expectations, Narendra Modi was sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India along with 44 members of his council of ministe

Federal Factors in Foreign Policy: A Study of Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat

Foreign relations, despite being a Union subject, has high relevance for the States, particularly those along the country’s border. In this study on I

Bridging the Gap Between the Citizen and the State

The new government, which was swept to power on the mandate of good governance, cannot ignore the sections that have faced systemic exclusion. In this

The All India People’s Manifesto - Key demands

1. Ensure highest standards of healthcare accessible to and affordable by all, upgrade the public health facilities and address as a priority health emergencies such as maternal and infant health and mortality. 2. Prevent health conditions from worsening by ensuring universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities 3. Protect education as a fundamental right by effectively implementing the Right to Education Act (RTE) 2009, arrest drop-out rates and improve quality of teaching and learning outcomes 4. Ensure nutritious food for all through effective implementation of the National Food Security Act 5. Increase agricultural productivity through sustainable methods and revive the farming sector as a livelihood and economic opportunity 6. Recognise housing as a human right by ensuring decent living conditions for the urban poor and protection of the rights of displaced persons 7. Strengthen implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), commit to urban employment, create decent employment opportunities for all across sectors 8. Defend people’s rights to land and forest as pledged in the recent legislations, safeguard agricultural productivity, forest and other natural resources from the profiteering interests of private land developers and extractive industries 9. Amend domestic environmental laws and global positions, put an end to over-exploitation of natural resources to ensure environmental justice for the poor and invest in technology for sustainability 10. Ensure equal opportunities for women by protecting their economic, social and political rights, ensuring political participation and adopting a zero tolerance policy for violence 11. Protect the right of every child to survive, be healthy and safe 12. Eliminate all forms of discrimination and social exclusion against Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and persons with disabilities 13. Repeal with immediate effect, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises homosexuality, create policies and legal safeguards to protect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community from cruelty and ensure they live a life of dignity, equal opportunity 14. Pledge to invest in the young, create an enabling and aspirational environment to unleash their fullest potential 15. Commit to accountable governance 16. Prioritise and strengthen human rights and access to justice 17. Strengthen the functioning of Gram Sabhas and local self-governments.

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The Lotus in Full Bloom

Narendra Modi is set to become the next Prime Minister of India after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looked in course for a landslide victory in the

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The Last Lap: Verdict 2014

The largest, the toughest, the longest, the dirtiest ... These are some of the adjectives that were associated with the 2014 General Elections in Indi

Bodo hopes and minority rights

The violent rivalry between Bodo political outfits and gradually emerging non-Bodo political conglomerations is a reflection of the agenda of elite et

Development is More than Growth

Gujarat's "development" – the centrepiece of the campaign by the Bharatiya Janata Party and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi –

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India's Enthused Voters: Day 8

The long drawn out Indian General Election reached its penultimate day on May 7, when 64 parliamentary constituencies in seven States went to the poll

Will Support Any Party that Helps Rebuild Andhra: YSR Cong

A veteran of many political battles, M.V. Mysoora Reddy, currently with the YSR Congress Party, believes that in this election, Andhra Pradesh will vo

My Vision is Development, Not Growth: Y. Sivaji

As 25 Parliamentary and 175 Assembly constituencies in Seemandhara go to the polls on May 7, a former Rajya Sabha MP and political analyst, Y. Sivaji,

My vision is development, not growth: Y. Sivaji

As 25 Parliamentary and 175 Assembly constituencies in Seemandhara go to the polls on May 7, a former Rajya Sabha MP and political analyst, Y. Sivaji,

When the Mango People Came

India’s new political entrant, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), hopes to deliver to the nation clean and transparent governance. The Hindu Centre’s Vasun

Why the ‘Idea’ of a Peace Process is Not Easy in Northeast India

In multi-cultural and multi-ethnic Northeast India, talking peace requires to be more transformational than mere negotiatory, argues Namrata Goswam

Political Discourse on Gender Hits an All-Time Low

The political discourse and debate on gender has hit an all-time low in this election campaign, observes Kavita Krishnan, who says that it is chilling

Economic Agenda for the New Government

One of the key challenges for policy-makers lies in charting out measures to revive the Indian economy, which is buffeted by an unfavourable internati