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Uphill task and plain truth
By Rabi Banerjee
BJP veteran S.S. Ahluwalia and Trinamool candidate Baichung Bhutia are locked in a cliffhanger that could decide the fate of Darjeeling's statehood
High stakes   
In the searing heat, Sadapur village in Ajmer seems to be in sleep mode. Scores of mud houses flank the narrow lanes of the hamlet but there is no fragrance of earth in the air-a reflection of the place’s aridity.However, it comes alive the moment Union Minister for Corporate Affairs and the constituency’s sitting MP Sachin Pilot’s motorcade arrives, puffing up clouds of dust....
External assessment   
Will it be the mercurial Mamata Banerjee, or the feisty Jayalalithaa, or as most opinion polls suggest, Narendra Modi, the next Prime Minister of India? Like millions of Indians, foreign diplomats posted in India, too, are keeping their fingers crossed. Despite the uncertain pollscape, impression is gaining ground among the diplomatic community in Delhi that by the end of May, India might have a...
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Jaswant Singh should not have lost patience   22 April, 2014
Arun Jaitley says the BJP and its allies will cross the 272-mark in the Lok Sabha elections. The man who could be the country’s next finance minister talks about the revolt of Jaswant Singh, the economy and Narendra Modi. Excerpts from an interview done while Jaitley was seeking votes in Amritsar:Why was Navjot Singh Sidhu, the sitting BJP MP from Amritsar, moved out?I think there were a...
Soil test   22 April, 2014
'Save Ganga' gets support from Modi   23 April, 2014
Kejriwal, wife declare assets worth over Rs 2 cr   23 April, 2014
'Encouraged' by Modi's remarks on ties: Pak envoy   23 April, 2014
Modi to file nomination tomorrow after 'mini-India' road show   23 April, 2014
Priyanka takes on Modi, rakes up snoopgate   23 April, 2014
Ilmi seeks to defend her controversial remarks   23 April, 2014
Middle ground   22 April, 2014
Great expectations   22 April, 2014
Homestretch hiccup   22 April, 2014
US to stop financial aid for Pak   23 April, 2014
Doctor do-a-lot   22 April, 2014
Australia plans to use system that found Titanic   23 April, 2014
The gloves are off   22 April, 2014
Gujarat model is bunkum   22 April, 2014
'NDA committed to reservation; FM creating needless ap'hension'   22 April, 2014
Modi lowered standard of country's political discourse: Chavan   22 April, 2014
It's secular vs divisive: Anand Sharma   22 April, 2014
MP, wife in judicial custody till Dec 16   05 December, 2013
Togadia comments amount to intimidating minorities: Karuna   22 April, 2014
Tejpal to be tried in fast track court   05 December, 2013
BJP will look into welfare of minorities: Rengma   22 April, 2014
Thailand faces grim future   05 December, 2013
'Why use words like 'Shehzada', rather talk on national issues'   22 April, 2014
Modi crossing all limits in misleading people: Sonia   22 April, 2014
Modi condemns anti-Muslim remarks; colleagues remain defiant   22 April, 2014
Togadia sends legal notice to media houses   21 April, 2014
Boom and the doom   29 November, 2013
SC agrees to hear Tejpal's bail plea   21 April, 2014
No sign of plane wreckage   21 April, 2014
Starting trouble   12 April, 2014
Sugar bowl brawl   12 April, 2014
Crusading on   29 November, 2013
Modi should retain Varanasi   12 April, 2014
Poll position   12 April, 2014
Police didn't stop rioters at govt's behest: Cobrapost   22 April, 2014
A 'half-hearted' attempt by UPA govt: BJP   03 September, 2013
Witch-hunting the Broom?   29 November, 2013
NDA only viable alternative, Third Front a failure: Venkaiah   21 April, 2014
Malaysian Airlines: Passengers recount mid air scare   21 April, 2014
BJP candidates face serious criminal charges   21 April, 2014
Morsi to face trial for inciting murder   02 September, 2013
Voluntary retirement plea of upset Navy Commander accepted   21 April, 2014
Togadia's remark triggers political storm   21 April, 2014
Still a mystery   30 November, 2013
BJP demands FIR against Farooq for 'hate speech'   21 April, 2014
UN team to submit Syrian chemical samples   02 September, 2013
Modi's younger brother defends him on wife issue   21 April, 2014
South Africans wake up to life without Madiba   06 December, 2013
BJP trying to create two Indias, says Rahul   21 April, 2014
Anti-smoking disclaimers to be replaced   02 September, 2013
'Don't try matching China in each field, work on assets'   06 December, 2013
Immediate, free treatment for acid attack, rape victims   23 January, 2014
National polling pattern indicates Cong rout: BJP   21 April, 2014
Sunrise on Raisina   29 November, 2013
It was consensual, insist Tejpal   05 December, 2013
Raman’s Eleven   12 April, 2014
US still most important ally: India   22 January, 2014
R.K. Dhowan takes over as new Navy chief   17 April, 2014
SC guidelines on mercy pleas   21 January, 2014
Mandela's death a week after release of film on his life   06 December, 2013
Economic situation cannot be attributed to the bill   30 August, 2013
Death toll in worst-ever Everest accident rises to 13   19 April, 2014
Farooq kicks up row, then apologises   06 December, 2013
DRDO developing chilli-spray for women   07 August, 2013
Mourning and memories in author's hometown   19 April, 2014
On a saffron trail   03 August, 2013
Host of issues stall proceedings   12 August, 2013
BJP condemns Jaitley's detention   12 August, 2013
De Niro yet to respond in Tehelka case   20 January, 2014
Delhi Police asks law intern to file complaint   06 December, 2013
Omar asks Geelani to identify emissaries   19 April, 2014
Wayward daredevils   03 August, 2013
India needs the Right to Health   21 September, 2013
Palau govt to issue coins dedicated to Tirupati Balaji   20 January, 2014
Article 370 part of BJP agenda not NDA's: Gadkari   19 April, 2014
Months after Prez assent, govt takes no action   06 December, 2013
Terrorists will not succeed in their designs: PM   25 June, 2013
Winning tribals   15 June, 2013
A living experiment   15 June, 2013
Heavy firing again by Pak troops   12 August, 2013
Uproar over petrol, diesel price hike   02 September, 2013
Obtaining Aadhar card not mandatory   23 September, 2013
Modi is 'leader of the people' unlike Rahul: BJP   05 December, 2013
PoK suspend cross-LoC bus service   20 January, 2014
Modi uses Baru book to criticise Sonia, Rahul   19 April, 2014
Attacks will not deter peace efforts: PM   24 June, 2013
Together to win   15 June, 2013
Infiltration bid foiled, five ultras killed   31 August, 2013
We are not cheerleaders in Parl: Rajnath   23 September, 2013
Nelson Mandela dies   06 December, 2013
A recipe for disaster: Modi to PM   05 December, 2013
US to focus on economic relations with Asia   19 April, 2014
'Indian workers will not be affected by new bill'   23 January, 2014
Min, states avoid CBI queries   24 June, 2013
Govt makes amends, blames Pak army   08 August, 2013
FB, other banned sites to open in free trade zone   24 September, 2013
BJP will not oppose bill in Parliament   12 August, 2013
Omar challenges Modi to debate 'anytime, anywhere'   05 December, 2013
Japan, US to back ASEAN's sea surveillance: report   19 April, 2014
Media covering only Modi's rallies: Cong   02 December, 2013
Envoy does U-turn on Dawood Ibrahim   10 August, 2013
Hang perpetrators of church attack: Geelani   23 September, 2013
73 killed, 73,000 stranded   18 June, 2013
Cipher cipher seven   15 June, 2013
External is internal   03 August, 2013
Gujral, my colleague, successor   08 December, 2012
Govt pitches for Communal Violence Bill   05 December, 2013
Cong's promise of UT status to Ladakh dangerous: CPM   17 April, 2014
Threats from communal forces must be dealt firmly: PM   23 September, 2013
Rahul Gandhi to visit Uttarakhand   24 June, 2013
Sai disguised as a Sikh man to evade arrest   04 December, 2013
Goa Police submit status report to Centre   04 December, 2013
NC warns against dropping special status to J&K   05 December, 2013
BJP leaders contacted me to prevent Modi from becoming PM: Mulayam   17 April, 2014
PM ready for Rahul stepping into his shoes   17 June, 2013
Death toll from church attack touches 81   23 September, 2013
GoM on Telangana to meet again   03 December, 2013
Jagan meets Jaya, Karuna on bifurcation of AP   04 December, 2013
Asaram's son arrested from Delhi-Haryana border   04 December, 2013
Judiciary should deal misuse of PIL with "iron hand": SC   17 April, 2014
Afghan-Taliban to hold peace talks   18 June, 2013
India's concerns will not be overlooked   24 June, 2013
Royal challenge   03 August, 2013
Claim to shame   21 September, 2013
Programmes will be reviewed: Obama   10 August, 2013
Mars orbiter leaves Earth's sphere of influence   04 December, 2013
Falling debris Moon rover damages houses   04 December, 2013
Kashmir can trigger another war: Sharif   04 December, 2013
Modi's 'affection' for Muslims mere show off: Akhilesh   17 April, 2014
Cong attacks Modi for not attending NIC meet   23 September, 2013
Security tightened in Srinagar   25 June, 2013
NATO forces to withdraw in 18 months   18 June, 2013
Saudi women in new drive to get behind the wheel   04 December, 2013
Conservatives protest against Westernisation   17 April, 2014
EC proposal under govt consideration: Sibal   07 August, 2013
Kejriwal faces fresh poster attack in Varanasi   17 April, 2014
Musharraf to face trial for treason   24 June, 2013
Online RTI facilty extended to Prez Secretariat, MEA   17 June, 2013
Rahul to take up Kasturirangan report   03 December, 2013
'Cong framing Gen Singh for political gain'   21 September, 2013
Killing of soldiers a blatant act of deceit   06 August, 2013
Jaitley slams Govt on communal violence bill   03 December, 2013
Death toll rises to 81; Kedarnath shrine in mud   18 June, 2013
Jindal steal?   15 June, 2013
Death toll crosses 550: Bahuguna   22 June, 2013
BJP talking about Muslims is a big win for democracy: Digvijay   17 April, 2014
India-Pak meeting on power projects in J&K   21 September, 2013
Rajnath cannot visit Muzaffarnagar   21 September, 2013
Seven policemen killed in land mine blast   03 December, 2013
By the people   12 April, 2014
BJP activists stage demo in front of Antony's house   06 August, 2013
Advani pushes for repeal of Article 370   23 June, 2013
Asaram traced at his Indore ashram   31 August, 2013
BJP to oppose Communal Violence Bill   03 December, 2013
All unhygienic toilets to be demolished   20 September, 2013
Digvijay targets BJP over convoy attack   31 August, 2013
Political twist in Rajya Sabha polls   17 June, 2013
PM to visit Kashmir despite terror strike   24 June, 2013
Antony did not give clean chit to Pak army: Cong   07 August, 2013
Amit Shah did not violate model code: BJP   17 April, 2014
'Modi doled out 45,000 acre land at Re 1/sq metre to Adani'   16 April, 2014
Number of Indian-origin candidates goes up   07 August, 2013
Death toll may cross 1,000: Shinde   24 June, 2013
Warbling woods   15 June, 2013
No compromise made to end stand off: Army   17 June, 2013
'Discord over PM candidate will hit poll chances'   31 August, 2013
India will not accept snooping by any country: Sibal   20 September, 2013
'Floating armouries can lead to 26/11 type attacks'   03 December, 2013
Govt committed to form Telangana: PM   03 December, 2013
Modi's marital status: Court orders police to file report   16 April, 2014
Antony justifies statement in RS   07 August, 2013
Rajnath appeals Muslims to forget Gujarat riots   22 June, 2013
Snowden charged with espionage, theft   22 June, 2013
Cong dismisses queries on Rahul's absence   22 June, 2013
'Politicians' ego root cause of corruption'   03 August, 2013
March 31 deadline for states to frame rules   03 December, 2013
Teenager beheads father after he rapes her   17 June, 2013
Soldiers from India, China celebrate Bihu   16 April, 2014
Why is UPA govt in hurry over Food Bill, asks Mamata   22 June, 2013
Hang me if I have committed crime, no apology: Modi   16 April, 2014
Pak calls for resumption of composite dialogue   02 December, 2013
Mars Orbiter crosses Moon's orbit   03 December, 2013
Modi in firing line of Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka   16 April, 2014
Modi wants to eliminate Muslims, claims Farooq   16 April, 2014
SC dismisses Sajjan's plea to quash charges   03 December, 2013
Industry's fear exaggerated, overblown: Ramesh   30 August, 2013
Kejriwal launches a scathing attack against BJP   14 April, 2014
BJP to raise coal scam, misuse of CBI   03 December, 2013
BJP doing turnaround on Article 370: Tewari   02 December, 2013
CBI will eventually give Parakh a clean chit: ex-CAG   14 April, 2014
Modi will run govt on the lines of Vajpayee: Naqvi   14 April, 2014
India to seek US help for joint mechanism   02 December, 2013
Tehelka: Holding company shows negative networth   02 December, 2013
Gujarat development model a 'toffee model': Rahul   14 April, 2014
Robotic mini-sub's search mission aborted again   16 April, 2014
Communal violence bill may come up in winter session   02 December, 2013
Modi hits out at Delhi govt over women's security   02 December, 2013
No differences between me and Modi: Joshi   14 April, 2014
Bill to scrap collegium system of appointing judges   29 August, 2013
Kejriwal beats Modi, Rahul in TV news coverage   14 April, 2014
TMC will play a decisive role in govt formation: Minister   14 April, 2014
The haute seat   12 April, 2014
Survival skills   12 April, 2014
Repeater’s rap   12 April, 2014
Not game for politics   12 April, 2014
What Indian politicians drive   14 April, 2014
Gandhis insulted Ambedkar, taking credit for laws: Modi   14 April, 2014
Manmohan hobbled by Sonia: Book   12 April, 2014
Maiden night test of Agni conducted successfully   12 April, 2014
Election: Keeping India together   11 April, 2014
PM had threatened to quit on nuke deal: Book   11 April, 2014
Hinduja's proposal to tackle challenges generates interest   12 April, 2014
Justice R.M. Lodha to be next CJ   11 April, 2014
Congress has run out of ideas to tackle Modi: Venkaiah   12 April, 2014
Kejriwal to meet community leaders in Varanasi   12 April, 2014
Cong, BJP ask Mulayam to apologise immediately   11 April, 2014
Rahul's ego is on cloud nine: Modi   12 April, 2014
Timing of Baru's book critical: Prithviraj Chavan   12 April, 2014
Manmohan didn't put wife's name in RS affidavit: BJP   12 April, 2014
Mulayam under fire for rape remarks   10 April, 2014
Once in power, BJP may scrap reservation: Mayawati   12 April, 2014
'Cong worked overtime to send me behind bars'   12 April, 2014
Did not make personal attack on Modi: Rahul   12 April, 2014
Co-pilot made mid-air phone call: Report   12 April, 2014
Rahul rakes up Modi marriage issue to attack him   11 April, 2014
G20 gives US year-end deadline for IMF reforms   12 April, 2014
S.Korea, US launch largest-ever air drill   11 April, 2014
BJP sacks Jaswant's son from national executive   10 April, 2014
Modi ready for probe into charges   11 April, 2014
EC cracks whip on Amit Shah, Azam Khan   11 April, 2014
Mulayam appeals to Muslims to vote unitedly for SP   10 April, 2014
China explores regional security framework   10 April, 2014
The AAP is not even a page three party   05 April, 2014
Crocodile found wandering around mall   11 April, 2014
Russia says ready to work with IMF, EU   11 April, 2014
Modi's marriage was a 'social formality': brother   10 April, 2014
Congress' taunt and brothers' defence   10 April, 2014
High turnout in 91 seats; Chandigarh tops with 74 per cent   10 April, 2014
US issues global advisory for its citizens   11 April, 2014
Mounting trouble   05 April, 2014
Bucking the trend   07 April, 2014
India doesn't need a 'deaf-dumb' govt: Modi   10 April, 2014
Mulayam for change in rape law, says boys make 'mistakes'   10 April, 2014
Clamour for glamour   07 April, 2014
IAF Chief visits air base along China border   09 April, 2014
Dalits can wait   05 April, 2014
BJP copied Congress' election manifesto: Rahul   10 April, 2014
Mamata is playing vote bank politics: Modi   10 April, 2014
People are my teachers, I am learning from them: Rahul   09 April, 2014
BJP demands strict action against Cong, SP from EC   09 April, 2014
Kejriwal visits house of autorickshaw driver who slapped him   09 April, 2014
LS poll cost 80 times up since 1952   08 April, 2014
Israeli embassy sending home diplomats who assaulted official   08 April, 2014
BJP's "poisonous thoughts" reflect majoritarian politics: PC   08 April, 2014
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