In the current Lok Sabha, 18% of Adityanath’s debates have focussed on Hindu issues, including cow slaughter, enforcing a uniform civil code and protection of Hindu pilgrims.
A brief look at how the the militant ‘yogi’ has built his political career out of spewing venom against Muslims.
In a short period of time, Adityanath decimated the political mafia that existed in his area, emerged as a prominent force and polarised the region.
State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma will be deputy chief ministers.
Gorakhnath’s inclusive legacy of promoting Muslim yogis is fading away, with many giving up their sarangi in the face of societal apathy and opposition.
The politician is the latest addition to a seemingly ever-growing list of men and women who have been slapped with legal cases for being critical of Adityanath on social media platforms.
Why would Adityanath meet a terror convict months before serial blasts in Muslim-dominated areas of Ajmer, Hyderabad and Malegaon?
UP officials and police officers insist that the squads are for protecting women from harassment and not to impose moral policing.
For the RSS, Adityanath’s elevation sends a subtle signal that no one is above the organisation and nobody is indispensable.
The Sunni Central Waqf Board, the main claimant in the Babri masjid title suit, is led by nominees of the UP government.
A clear and decisive narrative of Hindutva as an integral component of the larger economic development project is already out there. Various facets of this will soon unfold.
How the BJP’s Yogi Adityanath hopes to use religious polarisation to trump caste fragmentation in the battle for Uttar Pradesh.
The militant Yogi has built his political career out of spewing venom against Muslims.
BJP MP and Hindutva leader Yogi Adityanath also has taken a swipe at Khan, and had said nobody has stopped him from leaving India if he wants to and it will help reduce the country’s population.
The arrival of Adityanath as chief minister is the clearest sign that the BJP as well as its parent, the RSS are thinking of an agenda that goes far beyond just winning elections.
Mediations are only fair if both parties are equally powerful – which isn’t true for the Babri Masjid case, particularly in Adityanath’s UP.
Siddharth Varadarajan and Baburam Bhattarai discuss the recent political developments in Nepal and India-Nepal relations.
For the first time, the Nehruvian order is facing an existential challenge. It can be met – as it must be – but only by a morally superior politics.
On March 20, the ABVP disrupted a seminar at a college in Bareilly, alleging that retired BHU professor Chauthi Ram Yadav had made controversial remarks about the RSS.
The fight over free speech is about the institutional protection of individuals’ basic rights from mob rule and putting a check on the state’s coercive power.
The BJP had said it would take “stern steps to close down all illegal slaughterhouses besides banning mechanised slaughterhouses” if it came to power.
Each move Modi made awed us, even when he spewed venom. We were too ready, too eager to legitimise everything he did.
Adityanath’s appointment is his latest move. The task before us will now be to find virtue in what has been done.
Modi has no clear vision, nor does he have the patience to comprehend complexities. Therefore, the hope that the state is now headed for rapid development is misplaced.
If the party’s success in using communal polarisation to build political support becomes the template for governance, the state and country are headed for dark days
Narendra Modi may have declared the BJP the victor, but vote-block arithmetic means UP is still anyone’s game.
In eastern UP, the BJP appears to be struggling, while the BSP seems secure.
Much is at stake for every political party: the survival of the BSP and of Mayawati as a Dalit leader, the credibility and standing of two young leaders Rahul and Akhilesh and the future of the BJP as a dominant Hindu nationalist party.
Campaigning in eastern UP, Modi has tried every trick in the book – polarisation on communal lines, fiscal giveaways and pitting the poor against the rich.
Given the smaller Muslim population in the later phases of the UP elections, the BJP is focusing its energies on communal tactics.
UP’s assembly elections will reveal voters’ ability to separate the truth from the fanfare of election rhetoric, number crunching and exit polls.
What bearing will a loss in the assembly elections have on the BJP ? Narendra Modi’s position remains unassailable, but will Amit Shah be safe?
With facilities like education and healthcare at stake, Kichha in Uttarakhand is going to be a fight between the Congress, BSP and the BJP.
Party cadres in Mathura are unhappy with the BJP’s choice of Shrikant Sharma as its candidate from that seat and as its likely chief ministerial pick.
Union minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar discusses the BJP’s poll prospects in UP, the Samjawadi Party feud, demonetisation and more.
Sangh Parivar’s fraternal organisations are worried that some of the Narendra Modi government’s recent decisions might add ammunition to claims of it being pro big-business made by its political rivals.
Although political parties often face inter-generational conflicts, the divide in the SP is as much about the younger lot’s desire to undo the corrupt, criminal politics of the older guard as to make the party modern and development-oriented.
Despite the fact that the Ayodhya issue no longer arouses sentiments (or votes) like it used to, it seems to be the BJP’s go-to trick.
This is the third interview Modi has given to the Indian media since he became PM and the pattern is clear. Either the PMO has very restrictive ground rules on what can and can’t be asked, or Indian journalism ain’t what it ought to be.
As Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee prepares to go to Rome for the September 4 canonisation ceremony, Kolkata makes arrangements at Mother House.
Despite the many hurdles in uniting the two communities, if the BSP gains a large section of the Dalit and Muslim vote, it will likely form the next UP government.