First Time Voter out to raise election awareness among youth

The world's biggest democracy, India, is in the ecstatic mood of election season as political giants take each other head-on for the 543 Lok Sabha seats on offer. As India is one of the most youthful nations in the world, there are expected to be over 13 crore first-time voters this year. Making good use … Continue reading First Time Voter out to raise election awareness among youth

Indian Politics Round-up: March 2019

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IAF's Abhinandan returns to India Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returned to India—after enduring two days of incarceration in Pakistan—on March 1 via the Attari-Wagah border. The IAF Pilot was captured by Pakistan Army after his jet was shot down during an aerial assault on February 27. Pakistan has called the move a … Continue reading Indian Politics Round-up: March 2019

General Elections 2019 Schedule Announced

The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora, announced the dates for General Elections 2019 on March 10 in a press conference. The 17th rendition of Lok Sabha Elections will be conducted in seven phases spread across April and May. The first phase will begin on April 11 and the last phase will take place on … Continue reading General Elections 2019 Schedule Announced

Indian Politics Round-up: February 2019

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Interim Budget for 2019 announced by Piyush Goyal On February 1, Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal laid out the government's budget plan for this year. The highlights of the Interim Budget were the elevation of income tax threshold from 2.5 lakhs per annum to 5 lakhs per annum, an income support scheme for small farmers, … Continue reading Indian Politics Round-up: February 2019

Citizenship “(Adamant)” Bill: Govt’s immigrant obsession unaffected by turmoil in the North-east

Evident unrest has spread across the North-east as the fear of being overrun by immigration continues to grow in the minds of the indigenous people. This fear stems from the government’s dogged resolve to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which would legalise hundreds of undocumented immigrants who had illegally entered the Indian states of Assam, … Continue reading Citizenship “(Adamant)” Bill: Govt’s immigrant obsession unaffected by turmoil in the North-east

What A Shocker! Pollution Control Budget Slashed By 50%

Considering that pollution kills more people in India than HIV, TB and Malaria put together, I expected the new budget to put more emphasis on pollution reduction measures. However, the interim budget for 2019—announced by the Finance Minister (FM) on February 1—has halved the funds for pollution abatement, allocating only ₹10 crores—down from last year’s ₹20 … Continue reading What A Shocker! Pollution Control Budget Slashed By 50%

Indian Politics Round-up: January 2019

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Former Cabinet Minister, George Fernandes, passes away at 88 An important figure in the history of Indian politics, George Fernandes, passed away on January 29 at the age of 88. He was an Alzheimer's patient and, most recently, had been suffering from swine flu. During his political career, he served as the Union Minister multiple … Continue reading Indian Politics Round-up: January 2019

Minimum income could be RaGa’s coup de grace to NaMo

In a move to gain popular support ahead of the General Elections in May, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has pulled a rabbit out of his hat by abruptly revealing his party’s plan to guarantee a “minimum income” for the poor, if voted to power. Nothing has been said of how the party defines “poor” in … Continue reading Minimum income could be RaGa’s coup de grace to NaMo

May’s Brexit deal faces crushing defeat …. What’s next?

The process of United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union took a hit this month as the Brexit agreement—terms of divorce negotiated by the two sides—failed to get enough votes in the British Parliament’s House of Commons. The gravity of the poll defeat—the margin of loss was 230 votes—was compounded by the undesirable distinction of … Continue reading May’s Brexit deal faces crushing defeat …. What’s next?

Liberal mayor becomes victim of hateful Polish politics

In an outrageous instance of political extremism in Poland, Pawel Adamowicz, mayor of Gdansk, was brutally stabbed and murdered at a charity event on 14 January 2019. The knife-wielding suspect tackled him on stage and punctured his chest with consecutive blows until he collapsed on his own pool of blood. The suspect—in a show of … Continue reading Liberal mayor becomes victim of hateful Polish politics