In the Kashmir valley, the line that divides religion and politics is a thin one. Amarnath Yatra, the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave dedicated to Lord Shiva in south Kashmir’s mountains, has once again become an issue of debate and a controversy following a Supreme Court direction asking the Jammu and Kashmir government to construct a road to the cave through the mountains.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan is a troubled man these days, what with the state BJP earning the sobriquet of the party of differences.
The Shiromani Akali Dal, which had laid off issues stemming from core Panthic values, seems to be embracing them all over again.
In 2003, a team from Calcutta University's Archaeology department led by Dr Ashok Dutta stumbled upon an ancient ruin while looking for a lost stretch of the Subarnarekha river.
It is not a crisis restricted just to north eastern India. The exodus of North Eastern population from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra in the wake of rumours that they may be attacked as a retaliation against the alleged atrocities on Muslims in Assam, has also affected these states.
Arup Patnaik, who led the Mumbai Police for over two years, has recently been unceremoniously promoted as director general and posted as Managing Director of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation.
In the AIADMK, you are either in the good books of party boss and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa or you perish. Take K A Sengottayan for example. Once described by Jayalalithaa as "a perfect example of loyalty", the cabinet minister has been shown the door.
The Punjab Police has a unique problem. The state has a whopping 43 Inspector Generals of Police (IGP). Things have reached to such a pass that it now has an IGP virtually for every department associated with the police – the human rights commission, special narcotics cell, litigation cell or modernisation and provisioning. Most of these posts were earlier held by an officer of the rank of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP).
No one had expected a smooth ride for Kerala's Chief Minister Oommen Chandy when he assumed office in May last year, after his Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) coalition unseated the CPM-led Left Democratic Front (LDF), securing a slender majority of 72 MLAs in the 140-member state assembly.
Assam is all abuzz with the attack on RTI activist and Team Anna member Akhil Gogoi during his visit to flood affected areas of the Nalbari district in the state.
Even as the world steps ahead in an accommodative modern approach with different cultures coming together for a peaceful coexistence, in Kashmir, it’s an altogether different story.
Bihar has been witness to innumerable political murders down the years and every time it is but natural for opposition parties to make political capital out of the problems that a ruling party faces.
Overarching political ambition is often felled by poor strategy – as is the case for the Congress in Andhra Pradesh after the ill-timed arrest of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Member of Parliament and son of the late state chief minister, YS Rajasekhara Reddy, in a case relting to disproportionate assets.
He has been under fire for years but nothing, it seems, can fluster CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.
After it completed its third anniversary last week, UPA-2 finds that its troubles are never ending.