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Jiby J Kattakayam

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 Sub-categorisation of OBCs and the end of Mandal

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Jiby J Kattakayam The establishment of the Mandal Commission in 1979 by the Janata Party government, the tabling of the report in 1983 recommending reservations for OBCs, and the implementation of 27% reservation in central jobs by the VP Singh government argu... More »

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SP, BSP stare at bleak futures

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Jiby J Kattakayam The sense of defeat was palpable in BSP supremo Mayawati and SP’s Akhilesh Yadav deciding to go their separate ways after an experiment that posed a serious challenge to BJP in Uttar Pradesh. The challenge… via TOI Blog More »

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Why Rahul Gandhi Must Resign

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Jiby J Kattakayam Since Saturday’s eventful Congress Working Committee meeting in which Rahul Gandhi offered his resignation, top Congress leaders have been attempting to convince him to stay in the post. Rahul must realise that leading and managing a large or... More »

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In Kerala, a vote against CPM and BJP

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Jiby J Kattakayam Even as it took hard blows across much of the country, Congress was the recipient of a double bonanza in Kerala. The impressive 19-1 UDF performance in Kerala with Congress picking up 15 seats was unforeseeable even nine months ago, even in t... More »

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The fall of Congress dynasties big and small

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Jiby J Kattakayam Most Congress dynasties are crumbling and how. Topping the list would be the party president Rahul Gandhi himself. Amethi has been a Gandhi family bastion ever since Sanjay Gandhi picked it to contest the 1980 elections in a comeback attempt ... More »

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It Is Modi Wave 2.0

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Jiby J Kattakayam India has reposed trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a sweeping mandate. In many  states across India, particularly the Hindi heartland – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Delhi, Himach... More »