Why India's election could be close
No single party has won a majority in India's parliament since 1989 and governments since then have been formed with the support of smaller, regional parties.
Observers say the country's 16th general election - to be held in nine phases in April and May - will be no different.
There has been a welcome - and sometimes chaotic - deepening of democracy in the six decades since Independence.
There were an average of 4.67 candidates per constituency in India's first elections in 1952; in 2009, the number had risen to over 10. In the 1952 polls, the difference between the winning party (Congress) and its closest rival (Communists) was 348 seats. In 2009, the difference (between Congress and the BJP) had shrunk to 90 seats. The current parliament has 39 parties.
Yet, the 2014 election is being spun as a vote against the beleaguered ruling Congress party and for Narendra Modi, the controversial leader and prime ministerial candidate of the main opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Why decision to free Rajiv Gandhi killers is a political masterstroke
Tamil Nadu's decision to free seven people convicted of plotting the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is being described by many as a political masterstroke by the ruling state government.
The mercurial J Jayalalitha, who heads her ruling regional AIADMK party government, lost no time in taking a cue from the Supreme Court's ruling on Tuesday commuting the death sentences of three of the convicts, which cited federal government delays in deciding their mercy pleas.
Why did Penguin recall a book on Hindus?
"Now here's this book. And there will be more. After half a century of studying and engaging with Hinduism, I'm not about to be silenced by a few (bad) eggs," academic Wendy Doniger wrote in her latest book On Hinduism, published last year.
Doniger, who teaches at the University of Chicago and has written nearly half a dozen books on Hinduism, including a translation of the Kama Sutra, was writing about how her 2009 book The Hindus: An Alternative History quickly became a lightning rod for Hindu anger.
World Bank chief economist on future of India's economy
Poor governance and inadequate infrastructure are holding up growth in India, says World Bank's chief economist Kaushik Basu.
With annual growth rate hovering below 5%, Asia's third-largest economy has been weighed down by high inflation, a weak currency and a drop in foreign investment. A slowdown in mining and manufacturing hasn't helped matters.
Has Rahul Gandhi come of age?
Rahul Gandhi says he is sure about wanting to change the system, empower women, deepen democracy, open up politics to the young and make India a world-beating manufacturing hub.
That's going by his first formal interview on Monday night, a decade after becoming the latest member of the India's fabled Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to enter politics.