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    Muslims and election: They also serve who only stand and wait

    India's 187 million Muslims deserve a round of applause for the diligent docility with which they have allowed themselves to be the "other" against which the divisions within Hindu society have been composed into an ever increasing expanse of saffron. In geological time there will also be harmony in this expanse. By stealth, the Congress created the platform from which...

    • 21 hrs ago
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    'All-time high' fake news storm hit millions in India polls

    New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Veena Arora, a retired school principal in a small town of Uttar Pradesh, decided to use a smartphone in November last year for the first time at the cajoling of her children so that the family could stay together online even though they live in different cities. In no time, she joined WhatsApp and started getting updates from family, relatives and friends. Then...

    • 3 days ago
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    May 23: A day to celebrate India's democracy

    On May 23, the seven-week long Indian election process will come to an end. The votes will be counted and a winner will be declared. No matter who wins, the real winner will be Indias democracy. I say this as an Indian American who has had the privilege of living in the two largest - and, I would add, greatest - democracies in the world. I have watched in awe as this years election in India has...

    • 3 days ago
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    Exit polls indicate Congress issues of corruption, welfare may not have clicked

    New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The prediction by the exit polls about dismal performance by the Congress suggests that the party got it all wrong and the issues like the Rafale deal, NYAY, unemployment and alleged "arrogance" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised by it during the election campaign failed the impress the voters. The exit poll results indicate...

    • 3 days ago
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    Agra Observes Water Tragedy Day, no lessons learnt 26 years on

    Agra May 21 (IANS) More than a quarter century after a grim water tragedy that took more than a score of lives and hospitalised around 150 people, the supply of drinking water in the city of the Taj Mahal has neither improved qualitatively nor in terms of quantity, triggering protests in different parts of the city on a daily basis. Recalling the tragedy Congress leader Tajendra...

    • 4 days ago
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    Shankar Dayal Sharma was Sonia's first choice as PM in 1991

    New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) After Rajiv Gandhi's tragic death mid way through his 1991 election campaign in Sriperumbudur, the Congress party came to power with 244 seats. It was a unique election for it was split into two parts, one before his assassination and the other after. A day after the first round of polling took place on May 20, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed....

    • 4 days ago
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    May 23, 2019: A day to celebrate India's democracy

    On May 23, the seven-week long Indian election process will come to an end. The votes will be counted and a winner will be declared. No matter who wins, the real winner will be Indias democracy. I say this as an Indian American who has had the privilege of living in the two largest - and, I would add, greatest - democracies in the world. I have watched in awe as this years election in India has...

    • 5 days ago
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    Political hacktivism declined 95% since 2015: Report

    New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Internet activism or hacktivism - the subversive use of Internet-connected devices and networks to promote a political or social agenda - saw a massive drop of nearly 95 per cent from 2015 to 2018, a new report has said. According to the "IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2019", there were 35 hacktivist attacks in 2015 which came down to just 2 in 2018....

    • 5 days ago
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    Recording of EC's dissent a grey area, say experts

    New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) As the rift between Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa became public on Saturday, experts say there are no guidelines as to how a multi-member Election Commission should transact its business and the law is silent on recording dissent. The controversy has reminded people the episode concerning T.N. Seshan, former CEC, who...

    • 6 days ago
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    Finding the kismet connection - Column: Tete-e-tete

    It's no secret. Astrology has always had an undeniable appeal. Who doesn't like knowing about one's future? It's no laughing matter. Never was. Even after completing over two decades of rigorous reading of thousands of birth charts, its still astonishing for me to see how the human mind works. So I can't help but throw my own experiences in the fray for upvotes. Though...

    • 6 days ago

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