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Madhavan Narayanan

Madhavan Narayanan

The author is a senior journalist
 

Whoever wins the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the economy will be their biggest challenge

Irrespective of the policy priorities of the next government, the economy will be the source of the biggest challenges.
 

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After 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the kingmakers are likely to be from the south

 In a scenario where the NDA is short of a clear majority, three leaders from the south will become important: Naveen Patnaik, Chandrashekhar Rao and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy 

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Lok Sabha polls 2019: Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad choice could hurt Congress in the North

Rahul Gandhi may win in Wayanad, but Narendra Modi's BJP will win more seats in the north thanks to that. 

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Pre-poll defections: Political parties prefer a smart defector than a dubious loyalist

Mastery of local issues, goodwill, oratory, lobbying and media savvy are now explicitly recognised as key political skills.

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2019 Lok Sabha elections: Congress and AAP have gifted advantage to BJP in Delhi

An alliance between Congress and AAP has fallen prey to egos on both sides, giving the BJP a big edge.
 

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Balakot air strike is India's googly response to Imran Khan's in-swinger

There is no doubt that IAF's air strike is pre-emptive, visible, more daring and more open than the 'Surgical Strike 1.0' that took place after the Uri attack in 2016.

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India faces diplomatic challenge as Saudi Arabia and China embrace Pakistan

Even as India reserves the right to secure its territory from attackers and terrorists, it is a lonely game in which it has to walk diplomatic tightropes all around.

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Narendra Modi emerges from Rafale in better shape than Rajiv Gandhi from Bofors

The Rafale deal is nowhere near the murkiness of Bofors, but then, this is not same India. New era decisions will face newer questions.

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Piyush Goyal delivers Budget 2019 with the art of a Chartered Accountant

Piyush Goyal has spun an accountant's trick to balance populism with fiscal prudence.

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Supreme Court verdicts on Sabarimala and Rafale are blessings for BJP

The Rafale ruling helped the BJP with the perception of the urban middle class, while the Sabarimala verdict may have opened up the South.

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2019 Lok Sabha elections more than just BJP vs Congress, smaller parties hold the key

The deeper game of electoral chess will see community leaders play a major role in shaping alliances and coalitions.

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Kamal Nath's migrant comment could be a foot in the Congress mouth

Kamal Nath's comment on migrants would be naive at best and suicidal at worst for Congress

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Personal attacks by politicians are an insult to Indian voters

Low-level speeches shift the political discourse away from the legitimate differences on ideology and issues to one where the visibly crass lead the assumedly dumb into a democratic dystopia. 

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Why Garima Arora as a Michelin star chef symbolises the rise of a new India

Garima Arora's achievement as a restauranteur is in the same league as India winning Olympic medals in sports.

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Why a giant Sardar Patel statue is a key piece in PM Modi's political calculation

The statue of Sardar Patel gives PM Narendra Modi an architectural marvel that stands for many things at once: Gujarati pride, ambition, tradition, novelty and creativity.

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