15/03/2017 8:10 AM IST | Updated 15/03/2017 9:33 AM IST

The Morning Wrap: Who Did The Muslims Vote For In UP?; Meet The Feminists Of Awadh

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled off a spectacular victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections without fielding a single Muslim candidate. Post-poll data shows it is likely that not a single Muslim voted for the party. How did the Muslims vote in the state then and for which parties?

Irom Sharmila, the human rights activist from Manipur who spent years fasting to get the draconian AFSPA removed, lost the state elections, having clocked merely 90 votes. Though she anticipated defeat, its scale was more staggering than she imagined. What does life hold for her after this adventure?

Did you know Awadh has several feminist icons, some of whom were showcased in an exhibition in Delhi recently? Here are ten of those feisty women, from writer Attia Hosain to singer Begum Akhtar to academic Constance Dass, who broke new ground in their work and lifetimes.


When You're Doing What You Love, Every Day Is Women's Day!

Today, women are breaking out of gender-defined or traditional job roles and seeking fulfillment in what they do. And financial constraints need not hold them back, because with some smart financial planning, women can have any career they choose.

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The Supreme Court brought forward the floor test at the Goa assembly to Thursday, which the BJP-appointed Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will have to win to form the next government in the state. However, the court did not stay the swearing-in ceremony, as the Congress had demanded.

Manipur governor Najma Heptullah has invited the BJP-led coalition to form the next government in the state, with Chief Minister N Biren Singh expected to be sworn in tomorrow. This is the first time the BJP will be coming to power in Manipur, which saw 15 years of Congress rule.

The Supreme Court collegium has finalised the memorandum of procedure (MoP) for the appointment of judges to constitutional courts. The issue had been stuck in negotiations between the executive and the judiciary for over a year and the breakthrough will bring a much-needed relief to the system.

Off The Front Page

Lack of hygiene among passengers in long-haul flights often leads to toilets being clogged and delay in schedule. Such cases are frequently noted on flights carrying Indians, the most recent example being a Chicago-bound 9-hour-long flight from Delhi, where all the toilets packed up with two hours remaining.

The father of JNU student, J Muthukrishnan, who allegedly committed suicide recently, requested Delhi Police to investigate the 'suspicious death', not 'suicide', of his son. His son came all the way from Salem in Tamil Nadu to study in the national capital, he said, not to die by his own hands.

Trust Google Doodle to come up with something special even on occasions that may have slipped our minds. Celebrating 140 years of Test Cricket, it came up with a delightful cartoon this morning on its homepage, reminding fans of the game of its glorious history.


The BJP's astonishing win in Uttar Pradesh makes the party's victory march towards the 2019 unstoppable. In the Hindustan Times, Rajesh Mahapatra points out Prime Minister Narendra Modi's transition from 'acche din' to 'New India' and what it means for the future of the country.

Maternity benefits alone will not be enough to bridge India's gaping gender gap in the workforce, says an editorial in Mint, looking at the recent changes to the provisions of such leave passed in the Parliament last week.

In The Indian Express, Sanjaya Baru says the recent shifts in electoral politics in India, with the rise of the BJP and the decline of the Congress, demands a new way of reckoning with it, rather than trotting out old theories to explain new realities.

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