Note: The original version of the article was published on February 3rd in “The Daily Guardian”.

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As the Indian economy continues to struggle against the crippling financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s first full-time Finance Minister announced the Union Budget 2021. For the first time, the voluminous Union Budget documents were not printed and the budget was announced in a paperless format. Sitharaman presented the Union Budget through a tab, instead of the traditional “bahi khata”.

The Finance Minister said the budget proposals for 2021–22 rest on 6 pillars of Atmanirbhar Bharat. These include health and wellbeing…


Note: The original version of the article was published on January 27th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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As party leaders and political influencers have taken to the streets of Tamil Nadu for the upcoming assembly elections, we have been seeing more aggressive back and forth between the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) alliances take place. AIADMK’s ‘Vetrinadai Podum Tamilagam’ (Tamil Nadu marches on victoriously) slogan is one that positions the DMK as one that opposes democracy with violence while DMK president MK Stalin has launched a pro-development, 100 day promise which would take petitions…


Note: The original version of the article was published on January 20th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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While in the throes of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in September last year, political parties in India shifted their focus to the Assembly by-polls being conducted in Uttar Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) successfully won six out the seven Assembly seats in the by-polls. This included Bulandshahr, Bangarmau, Ghatampur, Deoria, Tundla and the closely contested Naugawan Sadat seat. “In the byelection, the BJP has repeated its performance of the 2017 State Assembly and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. This points out that the…


Note: The original version of the article was published on January 13th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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Communist Party of India (Marxist) mural in Kolkata, made ahead of the 2004 parliamentary elections

Union Minister Prahald Singh Patel of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed last week that the voters of West Bengal are angry and dissatisfied with the Mamata Banerjee government and the party is likely to win 200 out of the 294 seats in the upcoming elections. “Bengal is a victim of the state government’s negligence,” he added in a statement. …


Note: The original version of the article was published on January 6th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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As the Tamil Nadu legislative elections are getting closer, discussions over the political dynamics within the state have been on the rise. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s influence has been growing steadily throughout the country and the party has been looking to make inroads in the state with Home Minister and party ex-president Amit Shah ready to visit Chennai on Pongal next week. The party is expected to conduct major rallies with many party leaders to strengthen the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) sway in…


Note: The original version of the article was published on December 30th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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This week, the Indian National Congress has announced that it will be contesting the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections in alliance with the Communist Party of India (CPI(M)). While the details of the alliance (seat-sharing ratios) have not yet been announced this is the second assembly election in a row (after Bihar), the Left has aligned with the INC. It seems to be understood that the alliance has been made hoping to be a third option after the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata…


Note: The original version of the article was published on December 16th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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As of December 2020, worldwide around 57 vaccine trials are underway, with 17 trials in Phase 2 or 3. No vaccine trial has so far successfully completed a Phase 3 trial, although, several vaccines in Phase 3 have been approved for emergency use in various countries.

Let us break down testing terminology for you before we understand which vaccines are currently on their way to being approved? Phase 1 of testing usually marks the first time the vaccine is being tested in a very…


Note: The original version of the article was published on December 23rd in “The Daily Guardian”.

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Credit: Walter Alternatives

In the last few weeks, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections have been covered extensively in the news. In the run-up to the elections, various parties revealed their manifestos in order to attract voters. Free water supply was a common promise in the manifestos of all the parties. The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) promised free water for all up to 20,000 litres, while the Indian National Congress promised up to 30,000 litres of free water for all.

Free water as an election promise…


Note: The original version of the article was published on November 24th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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President-Elect of the United States Joe Biden. Source: Market Watch

Joe Biden is set to become the 46th United States President at the White House. His running mate Kamala Harris would become the first-ever woman, and one of colour, to become the Vice President of the United States. Donald Trump may have not conceded yet but the countries around the world are gearing up to understand what their terms of engagement would be when Joe Biden officially enters the Oval Office. …


Note: The original version of the article was published on November 2nd in “The Daily Guardian”.

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Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on October 8th 2020. Source: Money Control

The first phase of polling for the Bihar Assembly Elections was conducted on Oct 28 while the country continued to battle with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. Undoubtedly, this is going to be a very crucial election for many reasons. This is the first election which will be conducted without Lalu Prasad Yadav, while his son takes over the reigns of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). The results of the Bihar elections will tell us a lot about the future of the National…

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