Given Kovind’s views on social justice and empowerment, choosing a leader like him as the presidential candidate was a more natural choice for the Sangh parivar than any radical shift in its traditional position on the caste system.
Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta
The opposition will need to think harder, beyond the usual idea of fielding a “secular” candidate, to defeat the BJP’s messaging if it decides to contest.
In a letter written after the UP government denied the CID sanction to prosecute five BJP leaders, the CID has suggested that the case against Adityanath and others be closed.
While civil society activists say journalistic malpractice fuelled the recent mob lynching, the media has blamed the police’s lack of timely intervention.
Cultural transformations and a growing fear of socio-economic alienation are breeding a deep sense of social angst among adivasis against those perceived as ‘outsiders’.
The Bhim Army and its leader, Chandrasekhar, say their fight is against caste oppression and the ‘saffron terror’ of the Hindutva forces.
In conversation with Abdul Wahid Shaikh who was incarcerated for nine years on false charges for the Jully 11, 2006 Mumbai train blasts. He has recently been acquitted.
Internet Freedom Foundation’s Kiran Jonnalagadda has alleged that ISPIRT and its co-founder Sharad Sharma set up fake Twitter profiles to harass, intimidate Aadhaar critics.
The firebrand Hindutva leader had owned up to his hate speech and even justified it in a TV interview; yet the UP government says there is no ‘conclusive’ evidence that he made the speech in question.
“How serious are the state and its agencies in pursing the matter which is of grave concern in which innocent persons have lost their lives,” the Allahabad high court said.
The Students’ Federation of India has alleged that Nabarun Deb and his family were brutally attacked by ABVP activists over what they say is a false charge.
A look at the sequence of events – compiled from news reports and residents’ accounts – shows that the riots may well have been pre-planned.
Given the UP chief minister’s regressive views on women, his views on triple talaq are guided more by anti-Muslim sentiment than concern for women’s rights, say activists and opposition parties.
While the AAP must take stock of the current political climate, the BJP needs to wade away anti-incumbency that appears to be brewing in the states it rules.
The introduction of a cow surcharge in Rajasthan means that anyone who makes a lease agreement, loans money or rents property, will have to pay an additional surcharge of 10% on stamp duty.
While there has been no direct clash between Muslims and Hindus, large-scale destruction of property and the imposition of curfew has created a sense of disquiet.
With the clamour for justice in Bastar peaking, it remains to be seen whether the Raman Singh-led Chhattisgarh government takes notice of such allegedly state-perpetrated atrocities.
Some IIM-C staff members say the BJP misled them into attending the event in the guise of resolving a decades-old administrative issue.
The militant Yogi has built his political career out of spewing venom against Muslims.
In Punjab’s first triangular contest, AAP ate into the traditional Akali vote, while the Congress was given a new lease of life.
The crux of the election is that Narendra Modi’s opponents could not match him in weaving a broader political narrative around development.
Each party in UP banked on creating a coalition of caste groups and weaving a larger political narrative to win the confidence of the majority.
Despite the BJP’s confidence, changing realities on the ground mean that the party’s electoral arithmetic in UP may not work as expected.
Counter-polarisation in favour of Mukhtar Ansari, who was struggling to retain his seat, reflects a larger pattern in which anti-BJP votes get consolidated towards one candidate.
Despite the visibly painful effects of Japanese encephalitis and acute encephalitis syndrome, political parties have not thought of it as an important political issue.
The BJP has been capitalising on an anti-Yadav sentiment that has been brewing against the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.
At a recent rally, Dimple Yadav suggested that women’s reservations in government jobs was part of the Samajwadi Party’s plans.
Given the smaller Muslim population in the later phases of the UP elections, the BJP is focusing its energies on communal tactics.
The Congress nominee talks about being a young politician in Uttar Pradesh, her father’s legacy and more.
The Unchahar seat can be seen as a microcosm of the rest of UP, where conventional electoral formulas may not work for the parties involved.
A whole lot of issues that differ from region to region will dictate the electoral outcome in Uttar Pradesh, not leadership in political parties.
The Union minister’s latest statement on conversions is part of a long list of efforts to endear himself to the Hindu right.
The government has not addressed the real issues of delayed payments and low prices in sugarcane farming in Uttar Pradesh.
Discontent among sugarcane farmers, who are caught in a battle with mill owners and upset with government inaction, will impact caste dynamics in the region, which in turn will determine the voting pattern.
Given the scale of rights violations in Bastar, the government’s decision to send Kalluri on leave looks more like a way of avoiding effective action against lawlessness there.
Dalits have become a bargaining force in Punjab politics but they have failed as a credible political front. Jat Sikh dominance is unlikely to be impacted in the upcoming polls.
Several villagers’ agricultural land lies beyond a fence near the border, limiting access to it and inflicting adversity.
Ramachandran says he was illegally picked up by central intelligence officers in Kolkata and that his “kidnapping” will only add fuel to people’s anger in Bhangar.
In conversation with prominent AAP leader, and likely chief ministerial candidate, Harvinder Singh Phoolka.
The attack comes days after the researcher accompanied an NHRC team to record the statements of rape and sexual assault survivors who have filed FIRs against police personnel.