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ndian Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, left, and her son Rahul Gandhi. Pic: AP.

Political dynasties: Why this love for them in South Asia?

By Thu, Mar 08, 2012 3:21AM UTC Comments Off ndian Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, left, and her son Rahul Gandhi. Pic: AP.

For decades academics and analysts have laboured trying to understand Indians’ love for two seemingly antagonistic political structures: democracy and political dynasty. As of yet no one has any convincing theory on why Indians who zealously guard their freedom and democracy – they came out to vote to larger numbers than ever before as evidenced...

India’s assembly elections: Biggest gainers, losers and the greatest impact

By Wed, Mar 07, 2012 3:44AM UTC Comments Off India’s assembly elections: Biggest gainers, losers and the greatest impact

The two biggest questions after the last of the Electronic Voting Machines have been packed up in India at the conclusion of state elections in five states are simple: who are the biggest gainers and losers; and secondly what would be the immediate impact of the verdict on the stability of the government. It does...

Power company on back foot as Punjab farmers fight for their land

By Wed, Sep 14, 2011 3:08PM UTC Comments Off The struggle of the people of Gobindpura continues. They have refused to part with their lands and houses, braving threats, inducements and severe repression. Most of those who were misled to accept compensation are now ready to return it.  Photo: Democratic Front Against Operation Green Hunt Punjab

It was the Punjab government’s well-guarded secret for a while. Until, of course, word trickled out, and dirt hit the proverbial fan. The coalition government of the Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party did everything in their means to browbeat the farmers of a small village called Gobindpura in Mansa district of the state into...