WHO Gives A Damn? Gujarat Has Fearlessly Underplayed Its Covid Numbers. Always.

May 8, 2022 6:40 pm

The Centre may have scoffed at the latest the World Health Organisation (WHO) report about India underplaying its Covid-19 toll, but it became known as early as December 2021 that the Gujarat Government managed the numbers more than the scourge itself after the Supreme Court reprimanded it over the Covid death compensation. According to the […]

Why A Lone MLA Jignesh Mevani Gives Goosebumps To BJP In Its Own Fort?

May 6, 2022 5:39 pm

Gujarat has been under a vice-like grip of the Bharatiya Janata Party since 1995, it has changed three chief ministers and sacked an entire Cabinet like chucking pawns from a chessboard with not a word of challenge. The Congress’ cookie has been consistently crumbling with 16 MLAs of its 2017’s 77 winners besides sundry spokespersons and […]

With PK & His Key Man Out, Hardik Gets Victor’s Welcome in Congress

April 28, 2022 7:54 pm

The young sulking firebrand Patidar leader and working Gujarat Congress president Hardik Patel, who had kicked up a ruckus for allegedly being slighted and sending indications of quitting, has been finally won over. The occasion was a religious function on the first death anniversary of his father Bharat Patel at his hometown Viramgam, which was […]

Congress Wants PK But With Strings Attached, He Declines

April 26, 2022 8:30 pm

After long drawn-out negotiations that lasted for months and desperate attempts to get master strategist Prashant Kishor on board, the Congress high command has fallen into its own trap — Trying to Have The Cake and Eat It Too. For long Prashant Kishor was pumped up as a veritable panacea to all ills facing the […]

Kadva & Leuva Patidar Battlelines Hardening In Gujarat Ahead Of 2022 Polls

April 4, 2022 3:08 pm

Battlelines between the two powerful sects of the Patidars — Leuva and Kadva Patels — are getting firmer ahead of the 2022 assembly elections in Gujarat, as was evident when two key events of both communities were held simultaneously in the all-important Saurashtra region on Sunday. If the powerful Leuva Patidars’ Khodaldham Temple Trust chairman […]

Arvind Kejriwal’s Appeal to Gujarat: Give AAP A Chance To End 25-Year ‘Corrupt’ Rule Of BJP

April 2, 2022 8:30 pm

Buoyed by his party’s Punjab triumph, an enthusiastic Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday took the battle straight into the toughest opponent’s camp as he appealed to the people of Gujarat to give the AAP an opportunity to end the “corrupt 25-year rule of the BJP.” As thousands cheered on a blistering Ahmedabad […]

AK Sharma’s Urban Development And Power Portfolios In Yogi Cabinet Has Modi’s Stamp

March 29, 2022 5:06 pm

Former bureaucrat AK Sharma, known to be the eyes and ears of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh like he was once in Gujarat, has been given the key ministries of urban development and power clearly with a strategy of strengthening the infrastructure in the cities and the industrial investment. When Sharma was the […]

Centre’s Election Year Gift of River-Linking Project To Gujarat A Millstone Around BJP’s Neck

March 24, 2022 8:38 pm

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech for 2022-23 gave out a veritable election year gift to Gujarat from the Centre in the form of the ambitious Par-Tapi-Narmada River-Linking Project, but it has ironically become a millstone around the BJP’s own neck in the State. The ruling BJP MLAs and MPs are already […]

In This Gujarat Village, You Get Tax Rebate If You Watch ‘The Kashmir Files’

March 17, 2022 7:39 pm

When ‘The Kashmir Files’ is close to netting Rs 100 crore riding piggyback on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s profuse praise for it, BJP’s forte Gujarat could not be far behind — to the extent that a village panchayat has announced tax exemptions to those who display the movie’s ticket. While Gujarat followed other states in […]

Modi Triumphs, Akhilesh Tumbles, Congress Totters, Kejriwal Tiptoes Into Punjab

March 10, 2022 9:54 pm

If the election to five diverse states, including the crucial battle in Uttar Pradesh, is a referendum for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third attempt at the Centre in 2024, he has won it hands down. In a record of sorts, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is the first BJP incumbent in the State to […]

After Attack on Gujarat Dalit Groom, This Dalit IPS Officer Rides Horse Under Police Protection For His Wedding Ceremony 

February 18, 2022 10:16 am

Less than a month after a Rajasthan village created history when a Dalit man rode a mare for his wedding procession on the initiative of an IPS officer, another IPS officer – a Dalit — had to take police protection to ride a horse for his pre-wedding ceremony in the same State. This was in […]

Our Governance Is Poor This IPS Officer Has Made Crores Of Rupees: Gujarat BJP MLAs

February 8, 2022 9:57 pm

In a first, BJP MLAs have made their own government institute an inquiry of corruption against an IPS officer who they claim has made at least Rs 100 crore. A month after being forced to eat the humble pie over a paper leak scam, the BJP Government in Gujarat is now saddled with a more […]

Gujarat Congress Murmurs Continue, This Time By Spokespersons

January 28, 2022 12:17 pm

Months after the Congress party appeared to be finding its feet with a new Gujarat unit president and an AICC in-charge, at least two spokespersons on Thursday raised critical issues about the party’s ranks being given a short shrift in political action ahead of the December 2022 assembly elections.    Coming a day before the Gujarat […]

Gujarat School Notice Board declares Hindutva as national religion and Vande Matram as national anthem

January 27, 2022 2:42 pm

The sweep of Hindutva seems to have seeped into the very vitals of the education system in Gujarat. At least one overzealous principal of a grant-in-aid secondary and higher secondary school in a village in North Gujarat’s Banaskantha district demonstrated this through a message of sorts on the school’s notice board under the head “India’s […]

Are Modi’s Trusted Bureaucrats Cutting The Yogi Tape in UP?

January 10, 2022 2:11 pm

When former BJP MP from eastern Uttar Pradesh Harinarayan Rajbhar declared in a January 4 video that UP BJP vice-president AK Sharma “will be the next chief minister from our region,” he set the political tongues wagging in the Hindi heartland that goes to polls next month. Though Rajbhar from Mau, to which Sharma also […]

Gujarat BJP Walks Into Poll Year 2022 Amid The Congress Debris and Covid Chill

January 26, 2022 2:12 pm

Gujarat was barely recovering from the Covid-19 blues of the previous year when a trickle of cases in the March of 2021 had swollen into a nasty ocean of a second wave. That was also when, ironically, the ruling  BJP in Gujarat was celebrating its huge victories in the just-concluded elections to six municipal corporations […]

VHP Opposes Quota For Converted Tribals, Wants Pope To Apologise For Persecuting Hindus For 350 Years

December 25, 2021 7:08 am

As the BJP braces for several crucial elections next year, the Sangh Pariwar’s hardline arm Vishwa Hindu Parishad is set to launch a “massive campaign” to bring back Hindu converts to Islam and Christianity, while it has demanded that Adivasi converts should not get reservation benefits.      “Christians have persecuted, conducted genocides and mass executions […]

Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel: Unbeaten At 100, Looking At 2022

January 26, 2022 2:12 pm

When Bhupendra Patel’s name was announced at a BJP Legislature Party meeting on September 12, 2021, as the new Gujarat Chief Minister in Gandhinagar, he was taken aback. Patel, 59, was sitting in the fourth row among dozens of MLAs like him, in a simple shirt and trouser, no way dressed for the occasion — […]

Gujarat Paper Leak Scam: Resurgent AAP Forces BJP Govt To Cancel Controversial Exam

December 22, 2021 2:54 pm

In an unprecedented development for Gujarat, the seemingly invincible BJP has been brought to its knees with a vociferous opposition forcing the State Government to cancel the controversial head clerks exam after it has been established that the paper had leaked.   And this victory — whether the BJP or the Congress likes it or […]

‘Yes, We Are Andolanjeevi, You Have Forced Us,’ Medha Patkar

December 22, 2021 2:32 pm

“Yes, we are andolanjeevi,” declared firebrand human rights activist Medha Patkar in a rebuff to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s andolanjeevi taunt at those leading people’s movements in the country. She asserted, “Today’s centralised policies are pushing the marginalised communities further to the margins, squeezing all options for the poor but to take to the streets.” […]