The uneven pattern in the party’s electoral fortunes across the seven phases of the election is evidence that ‘Good News’ can indeed help swing an election.
In a liberal democracy that rests on the will of the people, the means to an end is as important as the end itself.
Globally, women are paid at least 23% lower than men and in countries like Turkey the gap can be as much as 75%.
In the seventeenth episode of Jan Ki Baat, Vinod Dua reminds Narendra Modi of his yet to be fulfilled promises and discusses Mamata Banerjee’s autocratic decisions in West Bengal.
One of the primary forms by which Dalit students are discriminated against is their lack of fluency in English, say activists and scholars.
N. Biren Singh, a former Congress minister, becomes the 24th chief minister of Manipur.
India’s problem of mob violence is not restricted to a few rogue citizens. It stems from a culture of violence.
Was the impassioned focus on Sharmila’s electoral fate merely to delude ourselves that we are also concerned about Manipur and not just the numerically important ‘mainland states’?
Unlike the US or French presidential elections, there will be no outright Dutch winner, with up to 15 parties having a realistic chance of winning a seat in parliament.
If the BJP is hegemonic today, it is so because its brute power enjoys popular endorsement. Counter-hegemony is the principal political challenge of our times.
Pant has previously held the portfolios of tourism, culture, pilgrimage endowment, parliamentary affairs and reorganisation in Uttarakhand.
Dreams should not demand death as a price. A country that you call your home should not be the nightmare you live within. While Rohith Vemula chose, this is not a choice that he or Rajini Krish or others should ever consider or be forced to make.
Governor Najma Heptullah invited the BJP to form a government in Manipur under N. Biren Singh, with the swearing in scheduled for March 15 afternoon.
While BJP may have swept the elections, data shows that the vote-share of other parties have actually increased since 2014.
The BJP had promised a resolution to the Bodoland issue as part of its manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Several in the Congress believe Rahul Gandhi made poor choices in UP, for which he needs to take responsibility.
Not only has Muslim representation fallen dramatically, it is a third of what it should be in proportion to population.
The court was responding to a plea filed by the Congress, which argued that governor Mridula Sinha’s invitation to the BJP to form government was “illegal”.
Mamata Banerjee had promised to change nepotism in recruitment of class D government jobs, but her government is now doing the same.
At the moment of his resounding success, Modi has also deepened a fault-line for the Indian state.
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.
The opposition’s tirade against surgical strikes and demonetisation, along with Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati’s loss of credibility added to Modi’s appeal.
The Muslim community has spent years bearing the brunt of the political ambitions of others.
His victory remarks also clearly show the prime minister setting his sights on the 2019 election and beyond.
People suffered but voting may have been driven less by anger over the damage to immediate economic interests than by their belief that a ‘decisive’ Modi would make them better off in the long run.
The electorate was happy to give a huge majority to criminals and strongmen in the fray but the face of a poet whose eyes were moist and whose nose had a tube inserted inside left them unmoved.
The party, whose vote share has risen dramatically, will elect its legislative leader on Monday.
Party with three MLAs that campaigned on anti-saffron platform will now join hands to bring the BJP back to power.
In the absence of any positive change, how long can a voter keep casting their vote based on false promises?
This ‘moral cleansing’ project of the prime minister has played a big role in enabling him to break through caste barriers to create a larger social coalition.
The party is now all set to become the biggest player in the Rajya Sabha by 2018, but is still some way off from a majority
Siddharth Varadarajan and Vinod Dua take you through the 2017 assembly election results.
Meanwhile, the BJP’s incumbent chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar and five of its ministers lost their seats.
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
Irom Sharmila is a human rights activist, and a renowned one at that. But her personality is not that of a typical politician.
Three potential challengers in UP – Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati – proved no match for Narendra Modi’s relentless campaigning.
The results point to the success of BJP’s election “war room” – the first of its kind in the state – led by Harvard-educated public policy expert Rajat Sethi.
In Punjab’s first triangular contest, AAP ate into the traditional Akali vote, while the Congress was given a new lease of life.
With no chief minister candidate announced before the election, it now remains to be seen who will lead the BJP government in Uttarakhand.
The crux of the election is that Narendra Modi’s opponents could not match him in weaving a broader political narrative around development.