India Votes For National Security Over Development, Governance

Mumbai: Having secured leads in 304 of 542 seats, 22 more than its seat share in 2014 (282), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP was leading in all ...

How 335 MPs Grew Rs 6-Crore Richer Between 2014 And 2019

Mumbai: Five members of parliament (MPs) grew over 1000% richer--among them the Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia--and 95 grew over 100% richer between the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 to 2019. The asse...

Demonetisation And The End of Ashok Kumar’s Golden Days

Yamunanagar: Ashok Kumar remembered his achhe din (golden days) clearly: As a Class-10 dropout, he had a secure job that paid him Rs 15,000 per month to haul plywood between factories in a town called...

At Test-Prep Centres, Demographic Dividend Spent In Quest For Govt Jobs

New Delhi: GN Shakya is a veteran of Allahabad’s test preparation centres. Like many others, he has been in pursuit of a secure government job for years--in his case, 16 years. During this time, he ...

What Research Reveals About the Impact of Media on Voter Behaviour

Delhi: The 2019 Lok Sabha elections are on track to be the costliest general election by advertising spends--spending by political parties is projected to surge 73% above the 2014 Lok Sabha elections....

In Impoverished East UP, BJP Tries Star Power To Win Back Voters

Gorakhpur and Sant Kabir Nagar (Uttar Pradesh): Ravi Kishan tied an orange safa (turban) around his head as his SUV stopped at a village named Domari No. 1. Kishan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ca...

In India’s Holiest City, Modi Not As Omnipresent As Before

Varanasi and Bhadohi (Uttar Pradesh): “I don’t fake things. Sometimes, if I don’t want to speak the truth, I can tell you the extended truth. But I don’t lie.” At a primary school i...

Election-Bound Varanasi Ignores Its Air, Among Planet’s Worst

New Delhi: A city with some of the planet’s most toxic air, Varanasi has done very little to curb air pollution and most plans to clean its air “remain on paper”, said a new study by Let Me Brea...

Why Nifty, Sensex Rose After Every General Election Since 1999

Pune: India’s key stock market indices, the Nifty and Sensex, showed a rise six months after all the four Lok Sabha elections between 1999 and 2014, compared to the previous six months, according to...

Breastfed Right: How Shrirampur’s Babies Escape Malnutrition

Shrirampur, Mumbai (Maharashtra): Five years ago, Hina Shaikh, 28, delivered her second baby boy, a healthy 3.5 kg at birth. But within a week he had lost a kilo -- the infant simply refused breastmil...