The Hindu Top 10 stories of the day : ( 22 Dec 2017)

The Hindu Top 10 Stories For The Day

✔ Analysis: why Gujarat voted the way it did

The electoral victory of the BJP reinforces that Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains the most potent weapon in its armoury.

Through much of travel within Gujarat in the last two months there has been one refrain that has rung out, “Congress is fighting well but BJP will form the government.”

✔ Analysis: how BJP got back Himachal Pradesh

Keeping the decades-long anti-establishment convention, Himachal Pradesh is once again on the way to vote the BJP into power with a thumping majority (likely above 44) in the Assembly elections held on November 9, 2017.

✔ Voting pattern in north Gujarat and Saurashtra – 2012 and now

In this election, North Gujarat and Saurashtra have been considered as Congress’ strongholds and for good reason – the party has focused quite a lot of their campaign in these regions. Party president Rahul Gandhi had, in fact, started off his election with a visit to the famous Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar – a move that was criticised by the BJP who attributed his visit to a Hindu temple as a bid to win votes.

✔ Sitting Ministers win in Gujarat, lose in Himachal Pradesh

While most sitting Ministers in Gujarat retained their seats in the 2017 Assembly Elections, the polls in Himachal Pradesh saw Ministers routed by BJP candidates.

✔ Volatile session for Sensex as investors track political outcome

It was a day of extreme volatility for the stock markets on Monday when the poll results for the key state of Gujarat along with Himachal Pradesh were scheduled to be announced. The benchmark Sensex fell nearly 870 points during the morning trading session as early trends showed that it could be a close fight between the Congress and the ruling BJP.

✔ Poll results approval of Modi government’s policies, says Rajnath Singh

With poll trends favouring the BJP in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the results were an approval of the Modi government’s policies.

✔ It takes a heck of a lot to hack an EVM

Rather than blindly alleging that an electronic voting machine has been rigged, it pays to find out about its inherent technical and administrative safeguards — so that you ask the right questions.

✔ When NOTA edged past national parties in Gujarat

While the BJP is poised to win Gujarat, and the Congress will get solace by increasing its strength in the Assembly, the elections has one more winner — NOTA (None of the Above).

✔ Australia win Ashes with crushing victory in third Test

Australia won back the Ashes after bowling England out cheaply despite rain delays and a pitch controversy to secure an innings win on the final day of the third Test in Perth on Monday.

✔ Wanted justice for husband at any cost, Kausalya Sankar opens up

Kausalya, who lost her husband to caste-related violence last year, has transformed into a woman with a steely resolve and a strident voice.

She has also become a symbol of resistance against caste-related atrocities. In an interview, Ms. Kausalya shares her thoughts about the challenges she faced while pursuing the case against those responsible for her husband’s murder, including her own parents.