POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Nov 26, 2015 AT 13:33 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 26, 2015 13:33 IST

Antonio Costa, who traces his paternal roots to Goa, and the leader of Portugal's Socialist Party was named Prime Minister and tasked with forming a government after weeks of political instability caused by an inconclusive election last month.

The 54-year-old leader's appointment comes after Costa’s alliance with Communist, Green and Left Bloc parties toppled an 11-day-old conservative minority government in a dramatic parliamentary vote – the shortest administration in Portuguese history.

We list out five things that you probably didn't know about him:


  • Born in Lisbon in 1961, Antonio Luis Santos da Costa is of Goan origin. His father, Orlando da Costa, a well-known novelist who also wrote essays on Rabindranath Tagore, was born in Mozambique, but spent most of his youth in Goa where his own father, Luis Afonso Maria da Costa, was born and brought up. The latter was a descendant of reputed Hindu families from the Gaud Saraswat Brahmin community that converted to Catholicism during the Portuguese colonial era.


  • In 1991, Costa became member of the Portuguese parliament, presenting as many as 20 law projects.


  • He was secretary of state from 1995 to 1997 and minister of parliamentary affairs (1997-99); organised Expo 98 which turned out to be a great success.


  • From June 2004 to March 2005, he was a member of the European parliament and was also elected as one of its 14 vice-presidents. In 2007, he was elected mayor of Lisbon for the third time.



  • Since 2008, Costa has participated every Thursday in Quadratura do Circulo, a TV show where he debates current affairs with two right-wing politicians.


Read Outlook's full story here: Then Came A Gandhi

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Nov 26, 2015 AT 13:33 IST, Edited At: Nov 26, 2015 13:33 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 12, 2015 AT 14:06 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 12, 2015 14:06 IST

On February 10, Jon Stewart, legendary host of the Daily Show announced his retirement to an unsuspecting audience, after 16 incredible years on air.


Here are videos when he talked about Modi and the Indian elections on his show.



And a few picks from his takes on various events:



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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 12, 2015 AT 14:06 IST, Edited At: Feb 12, 2015 14:06 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jan 21, 2015 AT 21:51 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 21, 2015 21:51 IST

It is no secret that India's general elections are one of the most expensive in the world. Last year, India's General Elections that catapulted Narendra Modi from Gujarat to the national capital was considered the second-most expensive election ever after Barack Obama's campaign. The contrast between the two is evident: the US is one of the richest and most powerful nations in the world. In the eyes of many, India remains a developing nation.

Nevertheless, ho-hum was the typical reaction when the nation got to know about the high cost (Rs 60 crore) of Modi's 3D campaigns. 

The Times of India reported:

"The 3D holographic campaign, a novelty in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and a critical component of Narendra Modi's hi-tech campaign enabling him to address more than 700 virtual rallies, cost BJP over Rs 60 crore. The licence fee alone for two months during the campaign accounted for Rs 10 crore."

While many estimates were flowing in about how much India had spent in the 2014 elections, Outlook had done its own calculations and arrived at the conclusion that a mind boggling Rs 31,950 crore was spent in general elections 2014. That's a little over $ 5.2 billion, which is ten times the Rs 3,426 crore the Indian government spent on conducting the elections. 

The Outlook report said:

"Sensing a strong anti-incumbency 'wave', parties dug deep in their pockets and spent big money to ensure a victory. They paid for every trick in the book to lure voters — from huge publicity campaigns to attempting to buy their commitment via the age-old practice of gifts, liquor and food. Politicians also say that cash-for-votes is rife, particularly in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra."

Of the Indian total, the BJP alone is estimated to have spent two thirds — or over Rs 21,000 crore — in the elections that brought them to the throne.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jan 21, 2015 AT 21:51 IST, Edited At: Jan 21, 2015 21:51 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 16, 2014 AT 22:45 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 16, 2014 22:45 IST

While it may be too early to analyse the reasons for the electoral setback for the BJP, particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the instant verdict, on at least Twitter, was that it was a resounding rejection of the Yogi Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj brand of rabble-rousing and communally polarising campaigning (from Love Jehad to blaming Madrasas for terrorism). Significantly, in UP the absence of BSP ensured that the anti-BJP vote was not divided.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 16, 2014 AT 22:45 IST, Edited At: Sep 16, 2014 22:45 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 27, 2014 AT 19:46 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 27, 2014 19:16 IST

A video purportedly showing BJP's controversial Loksabha MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath, making incendiary comments has brought the focus back on the BJP's Hindutva agenda and the attempts to polarise people on religious and communal lines.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 27, 2014 AT 19:46 IST, Edited At: Aug 27, 2014 19:16 IST
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