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PC’s Karti versus Modi’s ED: Aircel Maxis

What happens when a country’s arguably best investigation agencies want to pin some powerful people down and yet are unable to? And when these powerful people happen to be the Chidambarams – with clout in the country’s main Opposition party, close to the Gandhi family, well connected lawyers themselves and with the might of other top lawyers behind them? Faced with the dire situation of battling such might, the investigation agencies are likely to resort to some tactics of their own.…

PC’s Karti versus Modi’s ED: Part 01

What happens when a country’s arguably best investigation agencies want to pin some powerful people down and yet are unable to? And when these powerful people happen to be the Chidambarams – with clout in the country’s main Opposition party, close to the Gandhi family, well connected lawyers themselves and with the might of other top lawyers behind them? Faced with the dire situation of battling such might, the investigation agencies are likely to resort to some tactics of their own.…

Church Versus The Left In Kerala

As the Chengannur bypoll hangs in the balance, the Church locks horns with the Kerala government over reopening of bars The Catholic Church in Kerala has sounded the war cry against the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government for its decision to reopen bars in all panchayats in Kerala which have a population of more than ten thousand. The first real battle in what looks like an all out war will be played out at the upcoming Chengannur bypolls to the state assembly.…

The Lingayat Gamble

Karnataka accords the Lingayats a religious minority status – now the opposition BJP is on the backfoot and the Congress is waiting to see if its gamble will pay off  For the second time in less than three months, Karnataka BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, BS Yeddyurappa, has been caught on the wrong foot.…

South Turns Against The Centre

Ruling parties of all south Indian States are at loggerheads with the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre over a variety of issues The ruling parties in Karnataka and in Kerala – the Congress and the CPM, respectively – are the inevitable rivals of the BJP. While Telangana’s ruling party the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) was lukewarm towards the Centre for around four years, they too have now upped the ante against the BJP-led NDA, demanding reservation for Muslims in the state which was turned down by the courts. The only allies were the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh, which was part of the NDA and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu which has been deferential to the Centre since the passing of their party supremo Jayalalithaa in 2016. Now the BJP finds itself alone in the south, with both the TDP as well as the AIADMK deserting it. After a week of haggling, the Telugu Desam Party ended its four-year long association with the NDA following, what it called ‘betrayal’ by the BJP in keeping the promises made in Parliament – special status for Andhra Pradesh – during the historic debates on bifurcation of the state.…

Does the ‘Power Star’ Have The Power To Be The Game Changer?

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan has decided to take on all parties in an effort to provide an alternative in Andhra Pradesh ‘Power Star’ Pawan Kalyan has already proved his mettle in the fight against BJP and NDA by setting up a Joint Fact-Finding Committee (JFFC) and preparing a report to expose the bluff by the Centre with regard to special status for Andhra Pradesh.…