Stories about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

Congratulations, Modi, on being the mascot of Hindu fundamentalism in India for two years

India’s Donald Trump completed two years in office last week. We, Indians can relate to the fear the Americans may have on the possibility of the Republican leader winning the elections. We have been living in that anxiety and fear since 2014. There are many people in the United States who believe that the raucous, divisive Trump will be a changed man once he becomes the president. They are willing to buy the argument that power will mellow him down. The same argument was touted when Modi launched himself as the candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for premiership three years ago. Many, who ...

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Rahul Gandhi is inexperienced and lacks vision

The Indian National Congress has been enjoying unbridled power ever since independence. Until 1999, India did not have any opposition party strong enough to challenge it. However, with the emergence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as a national party in the late 90s, the face of Indian politics changed. The BJP led National Democratic Front first came to the national scene in 1996, and after a brief interregnum for two years, they won the general elections in 1999 again, where they remained in power for five years. The party has gone from strength to strength ever since. However, BJP’s victory in the 2014 ...

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The GIR Bill is an attack on the democratic rights of all Indian citizens

One of Narendra Modi’s mantras before he became prime minister in May 2014 was, “Minimum government maximum governance.” Two years later, this famous quote has lost its meaning. Currently, in all walks of life, there is more government and less governance. The powerhouse in Delhi wants to decide whether people are national or anti-national, it wants to dictate the religious preferences and wants to monitor each activity through Unique Identity Card (UID). The way the government is intruding into the private and personal space of individuals, it will eventually end up making the common man a prisoner in their own nation. The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill (GIRB) is another attempt to invade the ...

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Pakistan and India do not need another war

We are in the midst of turmoil with tensions across the Line of Control (LoC); every passing day, there is news reported on both sides of the border, blaming the other side of a breach and cross-border fire at the LoC, thereby resulting in the death of soldiers and the displacement of our citizens from bordering areas. While Pakistan has a long history of army dictators taking control of the government and establishing their command, India, in comparison, has progressed towards evolving itself into a successful and robust democracy, with its own limitations on certain fronts. After the recent triumph of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), under the ambitious ...

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Why did Modi cancel talks with Pakistan?

This question has always been there right from the beginning: will Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walk the talk? Will his huge electoral mandate be able to transform a Hindu sectarian leader into a national statesman? Will the early promises of out-of-the-box thinking usher in a new era of development in the Pakistan-India relationship? The rhetoric never matches with reality. Words don’t match actions. Oratory is not a substitute for a vision. Modi has all the germs to be a great sectarian leader. He has proved time and again that he lacks the gene to be a leader that suits India’s mood ...

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