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A Populist Budget

Some have termed the BJP-led NDA budget for 2018-19 a “Sub ka Saath” budget as it cuts across all sectors and categories of citizens. This was unmistakably a budget aimed at the 2019 general elections. Hence it tries to please the voter,…

Patronage versus populist democracy

Patricia Mukhim In his book, Populism and Patronage: Why populists win elections in India, Asia and Beyond, Paul D Kenny says after Mahatmas Gandhi’s assassination in 1948, the turbulent politics of the Indian Independence Movement was…

Trivializing the political discourse

Rahul Gandhi’s jacket worn at the Peace Concert in Shillong became the highlight of national television channels.  And that was fed by someone from the rival political party just to square up things with the AICC President who once called…

Naga Polls

The Nagaland Assembly Elections are in sight. It is at present under the rule of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) affiliated to the BJP- NDA government at the Centre. But the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (IM) does not…

Rahul Gandhi’s visit

  It is normal for the President of a national political party to visit a state that is election bound. Amit Shah the BJP President has come and gone and will possibly return as the heat and dust rises. Meghalaya is going to the polls on…

Inter- caste marriage

In a welcome move, the Centre has decided to lift the income ceiling on its scheme which provides Rs 2.5 lakh to every inter-caste couple provided the bride or the bridegroom is a Dalit. The purpose of the Dr. Ambedkar Scheme for Social…

PM at Davos

An Indian Prime Minister delivered the plenary address at the Davos World Economic Forum for the first time. Narendra Modi took this opportunity to put up a strong plea for globalization. This is very significant at this moment when a…

Sounds of Eerie Silence…

By Patricia Mukhim Elections not only raise a lot of dust. There is also a lot of noise. And now that people use their smart-phones smartly all election speeches are recorded and circulated. So recently there was this case of an NPP…

Saying it like it is!

Meghalaya Chief Minister while hitting out at a former ministerial colleague who has joined the BJP recently alleged that he jumped parties to serve his own business interests. The same logic applies to all those who have left the Congress…

Education in Chains

Indian Minister of State for HRD, Satyapal Singh has demanded that Darwin's theory of evolution should be banned from school and college curricula on the grounds that it is scientifically wrong. This rejection is not based on observation…