Saurabh Sharma

Articles By Saurabh Sharma

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Countering Pak-China propaganda: India’s silence on human rights violations in Gilgit-Baltistan, Xinjiang is a blunder

Pakistan has virtually committed genocide in Gilgit and Baltistan and changed the demography. Why then do we not hear New Delhi raising the issue of human rights violations in PoK and Xinxiang just as Islamabad and Beijing ha

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Congress sees BJP conspiracy in RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s call for productive dialogue on reservation

On Sunday, Mohan Bhagwat while speaking at IGNOU had said that those who support reservation should speak keeping in mind the interests of those are against it.

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Mission Kashmir: Why scrapping Article 370 is a historic move by Modi govt

The Narendra Modi government on Monday revoked Article 370 that gave special state to Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two Union Territories — Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. By doing this, the Centre has effectivel

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Karnataka crisis: Matter at SC doors, here are the options before the Speaker

The Speaker has some constitutional powers — he can reject or accept or disqualify — that he can exercise while considering the resignations. But what will he do? Here are some options and their implications.

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What next for Karnataka’s rebel MLAs? Unfolding scenarios and why Speaker’s role will be key

Karnataka crisis: With the deadlock far from over, and the BJP playing wait-and-watch, what are the likely scenarios that could emerge going forward? We take a look at some of them.

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Article 370 a temporary provision, but can’t be revoked through presidential order: Subhash Kashyap

There has been an immense buzz over the possibility of the Centre moving to abrogate this provision but Shah stopped short of making any such statement, leaving it to anybody's guess on if, how and when the government will mo

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Aaditya Thackeray for Maharashtra CM? Why Shiv Sena’s tactics will cut no ice with BJP

While the Shiv Sena has been going great lengths to assert its identity as the big brother in the alliance, the BJP under Modi-Shah is stronger than ever and is unlikely to be deterred by such pressure tactics.

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Operation Cleanup EXCLUSIVE | Five of 12 IRS officers dismissed from service to challenge govt order

The government on Monday invoked clause J of rule 56 of the fundamental rules to dismiss all the 12 IRS officers. According to an office memorandum issued by DoPT in March 2014, instructions exist on the need for periodical r

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Article 370, 35A to go? Why Centre may not budge on Jammu and Kashmir special provisions anytime soon

A no-nonsense man, Shah's views on the special provisions are well known and is expected to act on his promise to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A. Yet, a look back at the government's actions in the last five years that it

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Exit Polls: Is opposition right in blaming EVMs? Why demand for 50% VVPAT check has no ‘statistical basis’

Political parties have often questioned EVMs and have alleged they can be tampered with — a charge that has been vehemently denied multiple times by the Election Commission. Do these allegations have any statistical basis?

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Battle royale: Will Rahul Gandhi survive BJP onslaught as Amethi votes today?

Rahul Gandhi has been representing Amethi in the Lok Sabha since 2004. He is seeking re-election once again from here. The BJP has fielded Smriti Irani against Rahul from Amethi.

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Modi’s Masood Azhar coup rattles Opposition, Kamal Nath sees possible link to elections

The development is being seen as a huge victory for India which through its mature diplomacy persuaded Pakistan's all-weather friend China to lift the 'technical hold' on a proposal seeking the global terrorist tag for Azhar.

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Modi’s Masood Azhar coup rattles Opposition, Kamal Nath sees possible link to elections

Moments after the news broke, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed victory for India and mentioned this in his political speech at Jaipur, Rajasthan. Fearing that Modi could leverage the momentum, opposition leaders tried to

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Lok Sabha elections 2019: From RJD to Congress, seat-sharing triggers disquiet within Bihar’s grand alliance

The seat-sharing in Bihar has created discontent among key alliance partners and their candidates as well as the parties. The first casualties of this seat sharing are those who had won their seats before but won't get to con

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Why Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Wayanad

Political analysts believe that the Congress president needed to contest from a safe seat since the victory margin in Amethi had come down sharply in the last Lok Sabha election.

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From Pakistan to China, these are the forces that keep Jaish-e-Mohammed going

In the last few years, JeM has targeted multiple army posts and strategic locations including an attack on an airbase in Pathankot, Punjab.

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Upper caste reservation: No relaxation in age or number of attempts under Modi’s 10% EWS quota, Centre clarifies

Reservation for general category: The upper caste reservation was hailed as a masterstroke by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrest the disgruntlement of many upper caste voters, but the move has ended up disappointing many.

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No age relaxation for upper caste poor? Fresh SSC job notification upsets aspirants

There is no mention of relaxation in the upper age limit for those falling under EWS. When quota for the economically weaker section was announced, it was expected that job aspirants from the general category would get all th

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Budget 2019: Has Piyush Goyal just secured a second term for PM Modi?

The budget which is the sixth and last of Narendra Modi-led BJP government before the Lok Sabha elections have offered a massive bonanza for farmers and the middle class.

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EXCLUSIVE| BJP making a blunder in Odisha: Jay Panda explains what it is

Ever since he left the BJD, the buzz around the national capital was that Panda would join the BJP. However, it's been seven months and the parliamentarian is yet to take his next call. In an exclusive interview to Financial

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EXCLUSIVE: No serious legal challenge to Modi’s 10% quota decision, says former CJI KG Balakrishnan

Former CJI K G Balakrishnan believes that the constitutional amendment, creating a new class of economically weaker sections under Article 15(5), will hold water if the matter goes through judicial scrutiny. The bigger challe

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Ex-Foreign Secretary confirms: Congress did not want to sacrifice government for Indo-US nuclear deal

The Accidental Prime Minister trailer suggests that the then Congress president was not in favour of the deal, leaving Singh to battle the opposition onslaught on his own. Is this an incorrect portrayal of what really transpi

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Ayodhya dispute: Will ASI findings play a role in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit?

In 2003, the ASI in a report submitted before the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court had said that it found evidence of a pre-existing large structure similar to a Hindu temple beneath the Babri Masjid — which was de

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Maharashtra Congress Youth Wing won’t oppose release of The Accidental Prime Minister, confirms MYC President

Maharashtra Youth Congress President Satyajeet Tambe Patil had demanded a special screening of the movie for party office bearers. He had alleged that some scenes with regards to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congr

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2018 — the year Chandrababu Naidu ditched Modi to become new mascot for opposition unity

From declaring war against the Bharatiya Janata Party over the special status demand to eventually leaving it, and from aligning with the Congress to suffering a defeat in Telangana, there were many moments that changed the e

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TRS did wonders in 2018! How KCR scripted biggest ever political success in Telangana

Speaking to The Financial Express Online, TRS spokesperson and former Minorities Commission Chairman Abid Rasool Khan described the year as "remarkable". TRD retained power in the state in the just held assembly polls.

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Reservation rejig in Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Aditynath’s masterstroke or BJP’s Catch 22?

The Social Justice Committee in its report has recommended that the government divide OBC reservation into three categories — backward class (7 per cent), more backward class (11 per cent) and most backward class (9 per cen

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