Politics India

Jagruti Pandya & Shweta Bhatt Women of Courage

The tale of two women who have taken on Modi
Source: THE HINDU Dec 10, 2012

Politics India-2014

June 18, 2012 [courtesy - The Hindu]

Politics after President Pranab
Siddharth Varadarajan

The ease with which the Congress finally had its way on the presidency does not take away from the tough times that lie ahead

In getting Mulayam Singh to back Pranab Mukherjee for the post of President, Sonia Gandhi may have managed to undo the unconvincing but significant partnership that Mamata Banerjee stitched together with the Samajwadi Party. Yet the tactical victory the Congress has snatched will do little to alter the political trendline that is — as things stand today — taking the party inexorably towards defeat in 2014.

But first the positive. The Congress has every reason to feel satisfied by the ease with which it fought off what looked like a serious challenge to its authority. Caught by surprise, the party didn’t know how to react to the list of three names — including that of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — that Mamata and Mulayam announced at a joint press meet last Wednesday.

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