In the history of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mohan Bhagwat would be reckoned as the organisation’s head (Sarsanghchalak) who is more political than the rest. His Dussehra address was meant to convey a definite message to members of various RSS constituents that comprise the whole Sangh Parivar and also to the BJP-led government at the Centre. The RSS is after all the ideological fountainhead of the BJP and the chief’s speech from Nagpur on Vijaya Dashami sets the agenda of the organization.
Building toilets in rural India were one of the major promises Prime Minister Narendra Modi made during his speech from the Red Fort ramparts in his first Independence Day address. The government has since moved with alacrity, claiming to have constructed around 80 lakh toilets in the countryside under Modi’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission. But women are still fighting to get a toilet built in their house and one woman from a village in Bihar had to take the help of a police to get her father-in-law to agree to build one.
The Election Commission's deadline to the warring factions of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK party for the submission of documents in support of their claim for the "two leaves" electoral symbol ended on Friday. According to a leader in the ruling faction led by Chief Minister K.Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam, additional documents have been filed with the poll panel.
China has stepped up security on its border with India, North Korea and Myanmar ahead of the key Communist Party Congress next month. The once-in-a-five-year meet is China's most important political event. The authorities would not like to risk any event which disrupts the meeting where Chinese President Xi Jinping will get a second five-year term.
Hours after a stampede left 22 commuters dead and 39 others injured, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal ordered a slew of initiatives to beef up commuters' safety and security on the Mumbai suburban network. But the Congress tore into the BJP government and mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his claims of efficiency and said that if that was so then he should take over the railway ministry.
Twenty-two commuters were killed on Friday when a horrific stampede broke out on a narrow railway foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel stations when hundreds took shelter there to escape pounding rains. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi is busy making grand plans to bring the Bullet Train to India for a showpiece run from Mumbai to Ahmedabad at a whopping cost, bridges such as these which are built in the British era get no funds for repair or expansion, nor any allocation to improve railway safety.
Knives are out within the party with a difference. Even though BJP mentor and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha’s critique about the economy was, in fact, a direct attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and a veiled respite to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the economic downturn. But the mud that Sinha has slung at Jaitley is sure to stain some of Modi’s designer suits.
Leaving behind the days of the shutdown and the miseries that followed, West Bengal's picturesque hill station of Darjeeling bounced back to life following the withdrawal of the over three-month-long protest by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).
The resignation of Justice Jayant Patel as a judge of the Karnataka high court marks a crisis moment for the judiciary in India. He quit following the order of his transfer to the Allahabad high court, where he would have been the third seniormost judge in the hierarchy, as compared to his current number two position in the Karnataka high court: when the current chief justice, Subhro Kamal Mukherjee retires on October 9, he would ordinarily have become acting chief justice of the court. Given the perception that Justice Patel is paying the price for directing a CBI investigation into the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case when he was the acting chief justice of the Gujarat high court, both the Karnataka and Gujarat Bar Associations have announced a boycott of the courts for a day. The CBI’s probe into the Ishrat Jahan case led to the arrest and charge-sheeting of a large number of senior Gujarat police officers for her cold-blooded killing and was a major embarrassment for Narendra Modi, who was chief minister of Gujarat at the time.
Wading through the heat and dust of Gujarat's caste-driven, economically backward Saurashtra region for three full days, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi finished his last day by climbing the 900 steep steps of the popular hilltop Chotila temple, catching the imagination of the crowds who followed and watched him.