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7 Must Reads: Jaswant's revolt, exclusive interview with Raj Thackeray and more

Friday, 18 April 2014 - 10:43pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

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#1 Between BJP and Congress, do we really have a choice these Lok Sabha elections?
The release of the BJP’s election manifesto only served to further clarify a trend that has been evident in Indian politics for a while – that there is no real choice. With a handful of minor differences, both the main political parties operate within the same horizon of thought – with similar ends, and, as the manifestoes make it extremely clear, with largely the same policies

#2 What did we learn from the Jaswant Singh revolt?
A day after Barmer went to poll, Rishi Majumder looks at the politics of ageism in India through BJP rebel and senior politician Jaswant Singh

#3 What has Sharad Pawar done for Maharashtra, asks Raj Thackeray
In an exclusive interview with dna, MNS chief Raj Thackeray roots for Narendra Modi as PM and he sees himself as chief minister of Maharashtra one day soon.

#4 Dear Ajit Pawar and Raj Thackeray, can't we move beyond the politics of threat and intimidation? 
As politicians resort to threatening voters, it is a wonder if Lok Sabha elections can truly be a democratic process.

#5 Decoding Varanasi: Politics, religion and astrology
How does the political landscape of Varanasi merge with its identity as the temple town of India?

#6 Why does Mamata Banerjee think Election Commission – and everyone else – is the opposition?
Though the media hype is around BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, it misses the larger picture around regional parties like the Trinamool Congress (TMC), who aspire to expand their influence beyond their state. And this aspiration has arisen from Mamata’s dream of being the third largest party in the Lok Sabha after May 16.

#7 Lok Sabha elections 2014: Is political advertising really working?
Young people – those aged between 18 and 28 years – form the bulk of the voters in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The question is whether mainstream parties and leaders have got their political advertising right to influence the new generation


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