Primary sources highlight the political and personal life of India’s first BJP prime minister
The new parliament connects the seat of Indian democracy with the country’s ancient traditions
Apart from family rivalries, JD(S) has lost its shine among voters who do not seem to associate it with the son-of-the-soil interests that patriarch HD Deve Gowda once leveraged very successfully
After a long gap, Congress gets it right in a major state, reasserts its main challenger status. But the party’s success needs to be replicated in crucial state elections due at the year end.
Grass roots anger over price rise, factional frictions hurt BJP while Congress gains by exploiting incumbency and focussing on local discontent.