History speaks for itself - B Deepanjali, Pioneer
By now, it’s common knowledge that Mahatma Gandhi, without whom the call for independence from British rule would never have reached the Indian masses, had wanted the Indian National Congress (INC) to be disbanded after independence.
Prize fight buzz in Varanasi - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
The buzz in the Congress’ circles is that general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may make her electoral debut by contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi. The Congress’ leadership is tight-lipped about it although Priyanka has herself kept the mystery alive.
The missing challenger - Sandhya Jain, Pioneer
One of the most remarkable features of this year’s general elections is the failure of the Opposition parties to stitch a “grand alliance” to challenge the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Even more inexplicable is the Congress’ sudden dysfunction, when it should have been upbeat after staving off the BJP challenge in Karnataka (May 2018) and wresting its strongholds of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh (December 2018).
Lessons from a massacre - M Venkaiah Naidu, Pioneer
Today marks the 100th anniversary of one the goriest episodes in human history and the darkest chapter of the British rule in India when an unarmed peaceful gathering of thousands of people was fired upon at Jallianwala Bagh on the instructions of General Reginald Dyer, leaving several hundreds dead and many more wounded. It was Baisakhi on April 13, 1919, and the thousands who assembled, including children and women at Jallianwala Bagh, were apparently unaware of the restrictions imposed on such gatherings
Is India’s anti-satellite test a game-changer? - D. Raghunandan & Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Hindu
On April 1, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched a PSLV C45 rocket with a payload of 29 satellites. Days before this, on March 27, in an operation called ‘Mission Shakti’, the Defence Research & Development Organisation demonstrated India’s ability in offensive defence capability, using a missile to destroy a satellite in Low Earth Orbit.
Manmohan Singh vs Narendra Modi: The real India growth story - Vivek Kaul, Indian Express
The quality of India’s economic data in general, and gross domestic product (GDP) data in particular, has come in for questioning in recent months. Those questions only acquired more urgency in January, when the GDP growth in 2016-17 was revised to 8.2%—the highest in any year between 2011-12 and 2018-19.
For BJP, mahagathbandhan in UP: ground reality vs best-case - Ravish Tiwari, Indian Express
Sitting under a tree in Nagla Keshon, the Jatav men — a Scheduled Caste to which BSP chief Mayawati belongs — were engrossed in a card session. “Modi should lose.” That was Chhoteylal’s one-line answer to a query on why he wanted to vote the SP this election. He then returned to his cards.
Is Jat-Gujjar vote BJP’s answer to UP gathbandhan? - Pankaj Shah, Times of India
With the SP-BSP-RLD gathbandhan seeking to bank on consolidation of Dalit and Muslim votes, the spotlight has shifted to Jat and Gujjar communities which can play a decisive role in the poll outcomes in more than two dozen consituencies of western UP, including 16, in the first two phases of the Lok Sabha elections.
Alliance fears in UP - Pioneer
It was a historic reunion, the coming together of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati with Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav at a joint election rally with a clarion call to voters to seize their day by giving them the verdict for Uttar Pradesh (UP), one that could take on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a game of numbers.
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.
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