Review: India general election 2009 results

Poll reverse constitutes a mortal blow to the BJP

Defeat may make the party more aggressive
Author: Amulya Ganguli - Published 16-05-2009 13:56 GMT-0000
The BJP's defeat in two successive general elections is both good news and bad news. To start with the second, there is little doubt that its reverses will be regarded by the party as very much a mortal blow, which it may not be able to withstand in the long run. The reason is that the BJP is not a normal party, accepting the phenomenon of winning and losing elections as an inevitable part of the democratic process.
Review: General election 2009 results

Severe jolt to Left: West Bengal reverses harder to digest

Time for immediate corrective steps
Author: Nitya Chakraborty - Published 16-05-2009 13:48 GMT-0000
NEW DELHI: The results of the 15th Lok Sabha elections have given a big jolt to the Left as there has been a big reduction in its seats in the new house. But far more important is its impact on the role of the Left as a strategic player in power politics at the Centre.
India: Post poll scenario

Post-election government to face coalition pressures

Economic agenda of UPA may need course corrections
Author: S. Sethuraman - Published 15-05-2009 09:57 GMT-0000
Electronic media exit polls, furiously unleashed at the end of the final phase of polling on May 13, confirmed the general expectation of a hung Parliament, irrespective of which of the two leading parties made it with the largest number on its own, to cross the first hurdle to staking its claim to form a Government.
Corporate Watch

India lacks business diplomacy skills

Domestic companies must be given support on foreign soil
Author: Nantoo Banerjee - Published 15-05-2009 09:50 GMT-0000
It may not have been one of Tata group's best overseas acquisitions, but the takeover of the sinking Jaguar-Land Rover manufacturing outfits from the US automobile giant, Ford Motors, was regarded as the best New Year gift of 2008 by the people of the UK, where the JLR plants are located providing livelihood to thousands of local workers in these units and ancillary facilities.
India: Post poll scenario

Parties squaring up for the post-poll battle

Name of the game: Power at any cost
Author: Kalyani Shankar - Published 14-05-2009 08:56 GMT-0000
With ballots locked up in the electronic voting machines, the next step for political parties is to regroup and bid for power. The next few days will see bargaining and money power in full swing.
India : Post election scenario

Mamata's moment of truth

Will Congress sacrifice alliance to court CPI(M)?
Author: Ashis Biswas - Published 13-05-2009 08:42 GMT-0000
KOLKATA: With compulsions of national-level politics finally catching up with the Congress, its uneasy alliance with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal faces rough weather.
NDA's Maha rally

Desperate Akali Dal attempt to drum up support

Rally exposes growing AD-BJP rift
Author: B.K. Chum - Published 13-05-2009 08:35 GMT-0000
CHANDIGARH: NDA's 'Maha Rally' held at Ludhiana yesterday and attended by its eight Chief Ministers and leaders of some of its other constituents was an attempt to present a united face at a time when the ruling UPA has shown signs of cracks. Its obvious objective was not only immediate electoral considerations but also preparation of the ground to unitedly deal with the post-polls situation.
India: Post poll scenario

Left parties to lay down stiff conditions for support

Change in economic policy, independent foreign policy must
Author: Nitya Chakraborty - Published 13-05-2009 08:28 GMT-0000
NEW DELHI: A change in the direction of the present pro-foreign capital economic policy of the Centre and the formulation of an independent foreign policy will be the two major demands which the Left will be making in the event of the Congress approaching it for support to its attempt to form a new coalition after May 16.
India: Post poll scenario

A Congress-Left alliance again?

Mamata's deepening dilemma
Author: Amulya Ganguli - Published 12-05-2009 08:29 GMT-0000
There are only a few certainties in this most unpredictable of all elections. One can only be sure of the fact that the SP and the BSP will continue to remain in opposite camps in U.P., like the DMK and the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. So will the Trinamool Congress and the Left in West Bengal although this may not be true of the Trinamool's ally, the Congress, and the communists, especially at the Centre.
Indo-Nepal relations

Democracy under threat in Nepal

India's role is unhelpful
Author: Praful Bidwai - Published 12-05-2009 08:22 GMT-0000
Barely three years after the people of Nepal launched the April Uprising which turned their country into a beacon of democratic hope for the world, Nepal has been plunged into turmoil by a standoff between the civilian government led by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), and the military, which saw Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda resign as Prime Minister.