Opinion/Commentary
Making false promises - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
The Congress recently released its manifesto. As it is India’s oldest party with presence in every part of the country, however nominal and depleted it may be today in many States, its statement of intent, should it come to power, must be read with utmost seriousness. However, while doing so, one must test its assertions, claims and promises on the anvil of truth.
A festival of rash promises - Ashok Gulati, Indian Express
It is time to celebrate the biggest spectacle of democracy on this planet. About 900 million people are eligible to exercise their right to choose their representatives to the Lok Sabha. This festival of democracy will last for about a month-and-a-half. Notwithstanding several shortcomings of democracy, it appears better than dictatorships or centralised communist regimes.
‘Confident’ Modi all set for second term - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
No Indian election, at least in these days of intensely competitive politics, is ever really won until the last vote is counted. Yet it is commentary on the state of play, some two weeks before the first round of voting, that some Opposition leaders are actually claiming that this will be last democratic election in India in the event Prime Minister Narendra Modi is re-elected to power.
Priyanka to take on Modi? - Pioneer
Amid hectic political engagements in Uttar Pradesh, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Friday fuelled speculation about the possibility of her contesting Lok Sabha polls from Varanasi from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election.
Analysing elections in India - Jaishri Jethwaney & Dr Samir Kapur, Pioneer
I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong,” said Mahatma Gandhi. “Vox populi vox dei,” an oft-quoted axiom in democracies, was coined by the Greeks and conveyed that the voice of the people was indeed the voice of God. Democracy is the manifestation of people’s will to be governed by those they elect.
From Visionary to Chowkidar – Political messaging then and now - Sevanti Ninan, Wire
Has the BJP hit the right note in its choice of a symbol for political messaging? If the idea was to avoid the pitfalls of the India Shining campaign of 2004, and counter Rahul Gandhi’s oft-repeated jibe, it doesn’t work because the ‘chowkidar’ imagery is problematic for other reasons.
Manohar Parrikar: The Chief Minister next door - Nitin Gadkari, Indian Express
Manohar Parrikar obituary: 'Manohar believed in pro-active but clean politics. He was among the most selfless politicians I have known, always ready to do what the party asked him. He truly epitomised our party’s spirit of Nation First, Party Second, Self last.'
Death of an icon - Pioneer
Usually when a high-profile politician passes away, particularly in these times of over-sharing on social media, some people tend to reflect on the negative aspects of the person in assessing his legacy. Even if everyone might not share these anecdotes publicly, often gossip and innuendo make it to private conversations, particularly among reporters, who tailed that politician as part of their jobs.
Again, arrogance may fail anti-Modi brigade - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
Over the past fortnight I have had to undertake many long car journeys in West Bengal. Since few of them involved travelling through what the Americans call ‘scenic routes’, much of the time in the backseat of a car has involved playing with my iPad and scrolling through Twitter.
War and family fights - Chetan Bhagat, Times of India
Freedom of expression is one of democracy’s key pillars. It gives us a right to criticise any government policy and action and makes government accountable. But a dilemma can arise in war or near-war situations.
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