politics

BJP’s loss, Third Front’s gain

For the BJP, its breakup with the BJD will erode its bargaining power with other NDA allies

Rakhi Chakrabarty Delhi, Hardnews

The 11-year-old alliance between the BJP and the Biju Janata Dal snapped on Saturday. This could well be the game-changer, as CPM general secretary Prakash Karat put it.

For one, it makes the going for BJP tough and dims hopes for the NDA to come to power at the Centre. But, it has helped resurrect the idea of a Third Front.

Reporting in a post-truth world

Ever since Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, those aligned with his ideology have been openly derisive of journalists they say oppose the BJP. All kinds of invectives have been hurled at journalists, including the coinage of “presstitutes”. Journalists’ credibility was damaged methodically by alleging lack of objectivity in their writing.