It was colour and music to celebrate Gudi Padva, the beginning of the new year but also floats with Shivaji, cannons and men dressed as Indian army soldiers
With his elevation to the Congress top post imminent, many feel Rahul Gandhi will fail as successive debacles have shown he is not fit for the job.
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.
While there are some striking similarities, the Netherlands’ participatory representative democracy highlights what’s missing in India, especially when the space for debate and discussion is increasingly under siege.
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.
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.
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.
Modi wants to conquer India by hook or by crook. His governors are his co-conspirators. He has put the constitution on a slippery slope.
Across the country, the BJP has fought elections by giving tickets to rebel Congress leaders rather than its own party cadre.
The sting against several Trinamool Congress leaders, showing them allegedly accepting cash, is now beginning to bite the party
A bench headed by Chief Justice J. S. Khehar said that such religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.
For the RSS, Adityanath’s elevation sends a subtle signal that no one is above the organisation and nobody is indispensable.
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.
The state BJP unit has remained silent on the allegations made by Mmhonlumo Kikon on social media.
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.
He tried creating his own world almost wholly made up of people drawn from Goa, but Lutyen’s Delhi had its own inexorable ways of breaching his citadel from time to time
If we assume no major changes in the state elections held in 2018 and 2019 (a strong but unavoidable assumption since we can’t predict the future), the NDA approaches a Rajya Sabha majority only in 2020.
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.
Alleging that Mridula Sinha’s consultation with Arun Jaitley constituted a breach of constitutional norms, the opposition forced Rajya Sabha to adjourn.
The opposition must build an alternative model that addresses the issues of governance and corruption along with the promise of a more prosperous future.
Why is it only in Irom Sharmila’s case that we are told that hope must be roundly defeated? That we should grow up, get real, get with the times?
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.
N. Biren Singh, a former Congress minister, becomes the 24th chief minister of Manipur.
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.
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.
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”.
The prime minister’s win should bode well for foreign portfolio investment in India.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, the BJP’s incumbent chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar and five of its ministers lost their seats.
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.
With no chief minister candidate announced before the election, it now remains to be seen who will lead the BJP government in Uttarakhand.
Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to voice his opinions on the election results and said parties should move beyond criticising Modi and actually offer voters an alternative agenda.
They said the BJP’s parliamentary board and state party legislature will decide on the next chief minister for UP soon.
Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar is trailing Congress’s Dayanand Sopte in Mandrem constituency.
Ahead of the assembly election results, here’s a brief look at the electoral politics of UP, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa.
The decision by various TV channels to broadcast live an ongoing anti-terror operation on the last day of UP polling raises many questions about the intent of their coverage.