In Congress, loyalty above all else, even the failure of some

Loyalty versus capability, or for that matter merit, has always been a burning debate in the Congress. And the leadership (read, the Gandhis) has invariably leaned towards loyalty when rewarding party leaders. And in many cases, decisions are also taken to balance power, caste and regional equations, or to adapt and adjust various categories and … Read more

Abhishek Singhvi interview: ‘Yashwant Sinha is a powerful name (for Prez poll) with rich experience… (who exposes) whatever is wrong with BJP’

Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday appointed Abhishek Singhvi, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesman, as a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body, along with a few other names. In an interview with The Indian Express, Singhvi spoke on a range of burning issues. Excerpts: How do you see … Read more

Kapil Sibal on Agnipath: ‘If somehow the process of recruitment gets skewed, it can disturb the ethos of the Army’

Congress leader and Independent Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal speak to Manoj CG On the Enforcement Directorate questioning Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition leaders, the need for the Opposition to speak in one voice and the government’s Agnipath scheme. Excerpts: What do you think about the questioning of Rahul Gandhi and the protests by the … Read more

Your Daily Wrap: Center announces 10% quota for Agniveers, Farooq turns down offer to be Oppn’s presidential candidate; and more

◾ Taking yet another step to quell the growing anger among Armed Forces aspirants against the new Agnipath recruitment policy, Home Minister Amit Shah today announced that there will be a ten per cent quota in the Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles across the country for the Agnivers. Meanwhile, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh … Read more

Congress protests against ED summons to Rahul Gandhi show his misplaced priorities and weakened capabilities

The current regime has converted the use of investigative and enforcement agencies into a political art. Hardly a day passes without some agency taking action against some Opposition leader. Such brazen use of official agencies throws up a dilemma for the Opposition: If it ignores such official enthusiasm in pursuing investigation, it can be read … Read more

Next President to be elected on July 18, Sonia dials Mamata, Pawar to force contest

With President Ram Nath Kovind’s term ending July 24, the Election Commission of India Thursday announced that polling to elect the country’s 15th President will be held on July 18 and the votes will be counted July 21. The ruling BJP-led NDA and the Opposition are yet to reveal their choice of candidates. That the … Read more

Newsmaker | After fast rise in Congress, Kapil Sibal’s sudden exit; big blow to rebel G23

Kapil Sibal perhaps always had a rebellious streak in him. While his exit from the Congresstwo months after he openly asked the Gandhis to step aside from leadership roles and give some other leader a chance, was swift and the circumstances leading to it eventful, it was not the first time the lawyer-politician had gunned … Read more

After meteoric rise, 28-year-old Patidar leader Hardik Patel deals body blow to Congress

When he had launched the Patidar quota agitation as the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) founder in 2015, Hardik Patel, then aged 22, had not imagined how he would soon fire the imagination of the community’s youth, who were struggling to secure education and jobs after their agrarian assets had shrunk. Having established himself in … Read more

Your Daily wrap: India clinches Thomas Cup; CWC approves one family, one ticket rule; and more

◾ A determined Indian men’s team has etched its name in the history books by lifting the Thomas Cup title for the first time with a dominant 3-0 win over 14-time champions Indonesia in the final. The vague whiff of a dream turned into reality as the week wore on, and India inched closer to … Read more

Congress should consider Prashant Kishor’s suggestions

The observations and recommendations of Prashant Kishor (PK) are available on 85 slides circulating on social media. There are some comments that what is circulating is an early draft, but even if it is, it contains much of what has been reported as its key content. So, even if the Congress does not have PK, … Read more