Author: Nitika

How did BJP policies perform in last 4 years?
Analysis, India

How did BJP policies perform in last 4 years?

Bharatiya Janta Party is a right-wing party and was formed on 6th April 1980. It has close ideological and organisational links to Hindu Nationalist RSS i.e, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. A brief history of the (BJP) Bharatiya Janata Party - The BJP was originated from Bharatiya Jana Sangha which was formed in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Our current Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a member of BJP. The official ideology of the BJP is “Integral Humanism” and was first formulated by Deendayal Upadhyaya in the year 1965. The party is committed to Hindutva and advocates social conservatism. How did the BJP evolve in MODI's time? BJP led by Narendra Modi had promised a lot of positive changes and his slogan “Achhe din aane wale he” (Good days are coming) along with his Gujarat Model impre
Why Kejriwal’s dharna is not more than an AC room drama?
Delhi

Why Kejriwal’s dharna is not more than an AC room drama?

Crisis in the Capital. Who exactly is governing Delhi? This is a question that is bound to arise once again since the chief minister and four of his cabinet colleagues have been camping for three days in the lieutenant governor's office to press him to end a protest by bureaucrats. Of course, this is only the latest bone of contention between the L-G and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, which says the Centre is trying to diminish its functioning and stop development work undertaken by it. The provocation for the latest round of differences between the bureaucracy and the state government is the alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash on 19th February at the chief minister’s residence. The sit-in at the LG’s office is not likely to pay dividends, either for Delhi or for the AA
G7 Countries: Members, History and 44th G7 Summit
International relations

G7 Countries: Members, History and 44th G7 Summit

The Group of Seven (G7) is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These seven largest advanced economies of the world represent more than 62% of the global net wealth ($280 trillion). The G7 countries also represent more than 46% of the global gross domestic product (GDP) based on nominal values, and more than 32% of the global GDP based on purchasing power parity. The European Union is also represented at the G7 summit. The organization was founded to facilitate shared macroeconomic initiatives by its members in response to the collapse of the exchange rate in 1971, during the time of the Nixon shock, the 1970s energy crisis, and the ensuing recession. The annual G7 leaders’ summit is attended by the heads of government. The
What is the role of religion/religious gurus in Indian Politics?
India, Opinion

What is the role of religion/religious gurus in Indian Politics?

Political participation refers to voting, lobbying, convincing others to vote and other related activities. In most cases, the most dominant measure of political participation is the number of people who turn out on voting day. A number of reasons have been postulated to explain why participation in the political activity is high in certain groups and low in others. Factors such as lack of awareness, community beliefs and values, cultural factors, and missing fundamentals in a political system have been put forward to explain political participation. Of all these, the cultural and religious factors stand out as the most influential. Is "religion" a factor affecting politics? On a more definite scale, religion is the most outstanding factor as it forms the basis for most belief systems. W...
Which is the narrowest defeat in Indian Politics?
Election History, India

Which is the narrowest defeat in Indian Politics?

People are known in history for their victories. There are very few leaders who are remembered for their defeats. No, I am not talking about Abraham Lincoln. I am referring to former Indian Prime Minister Shree Atal Bihari Vajpayee. These few defeats are imprinted in the pages of History for they bring a factor of either shock, surprise or awe. Let's try to know more about the narrowest defeat in Indian Politics. The 13th Lok Sabha Elections took place in India from 5 September to 3 October 1999. This election was particularly important and historical for the following three reasons: First, the election took place after few months Kargil war. Second, it was the first time a united front of parties managed to attain a majority and form a government. It lasted a full term of five ye...
Couto’s letter: Why religious politics is a threat to country?
India

Couto’s letter: Why religious politics is a threat to country?

We all know that India is a secular country. The constitution of India gives religious freedom to each and every individual so that they can express their opinions and practise & promote their religion. Traditionally, Secularism is the principle of the separation of government institutions and persons mandated to represent the state from religious institutions & dignitaries. There are various manifestations to secularism. One describes secularism as asserting the right to be free from religious rule and teachings. Another explains that public opinions or decisions should not be influenced by any religious idea or belief. Archbishop Anil Couto's letter questioning the secular fabric of our nation -  In a letter to all parish priests and religious institutions in the archdiocese of
Here are the key takeaways of Modi-Xi Jinping Meeting at Wuhan Summit
Analysis, International relations

Here are the key takeaways of Modi-Xi Jinping Meeting at Wuhan Summit

Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi and President of People's Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping held their first Informal Summit in Wuhan on April 27-28, 2018, to exchange views on overarching issues of bilateral and global importance, and to elaborate their respective visions and priorities for national development in the context of the current and future international situation. Both the leaders believe that the simultaneous emergence of India and China, two large economies and major powers with strategic and decisional autonomy, has both regional as well as global significance. Views expressed by respective heads of India and China in Wuhan Summit -  They shared the view that peaceful, stable and balanced relations between India and China will be a positive factor for stabili
Will Wuhan summit be a breakthrough in Indo-China relations?
International relations

Will Wuhan summit be a breakthrough in Indo-China relations?

India and China were great powers in Asia before the advent of Western imperialism. China had considerable influence and control on the periphery of its borders based on its unique tributary system. At different times in China’s long history of the dynastic rule, Mongolia, Korea, parts of Indo-China, and Tibet accepted China’s authority. Various kingdoms and empires in India also extended their influence beyond their borders. In both cases, this influence was political, economic and cultural. However, the regions where India and China exercised influence rarely ever overlapped. Thus, there was limited political and cultural interaction between the two. The result was that neither country was very familiar with the other. Indo-China relations: An introspection into political history In th
Why the bubble of Fake news must be burst?
Analysis, India

Why the bubble of Fake news must be burst?

The phenomenon of fake news has gained a lot of prominence due to its vast circulation. What is Fake News all about? Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media. Fake news is written and published with the intent to either mislead in order to damage an agency, entity or person, or gain financially or politically. This is done by using sensationalist, dishonest, or fabricated headlines to increase readership, online sharing, and Internet click revenue. One needs to understand that intentional misleading and deceptive fake news is different from obvious satire or parody, which is intended to amuse rather than mislead its audience. What motivated people...
What is Cambridge Analytica and how will it affect the elections?
Analysis

What is Cambridge Analytica and how will it affect the elections?

“What happens on Social Media, stays on Google forever”- David Alston. Well, this quote might not be really pleasing especially for Mark Zuckerberg since the CEO has been in the news quite lately for Facebook’s failure in keeping user’s data private. Let's find out what is Cambridge Analytica and how will it affect the elections. How did Cambridge Analytica lead to Facebook's breach of user's privacy?  Facebook is under international investigations after news broke about the illicit harvesting of user’s personal data. According to a whistleblower, Cambridge Analytica (CA) gathered data from 50 million users, developed a software program and predicted the users’ voting patterns. Then through micro-targeted ads, it influenced the US citizens’ voting decisions.  Cambridge Analytica obtained