A worsening agrarian crisis and rising unemployment has morphed into concrete political anger against the BJP – a matter that the party hasn’t addressed in its election campaign.
A large section of middle class Hindus base their nationalism on doses of Islamophobia, a campaign aggressively pursued by the Sangh parivar in urban Gujarat.
The party feels the first phase of voting did not go well and is looking to its rhetoric on Pakistan for a decisive edge in the second.
“If indeed PM Modi is serious about the charge that the dinner meeting at Mani’s house was a conspiracy then he must hold an independent inquiry,” Sinha said.
In July this year, the state government had issued orders mandating the use of a Deendayal Upadhyaya logo on all government advertisements.
The prime minister has a complicated relationship with the truth, making outlandish claims and sometimes offering outright lies.
The Congress, while questioning the Gujarat model, has not countered the narrative of communal polarisation in the state.
Rahul has committed the cardinal sin of politics: he has abandoned his bravest general at the height of a battle that he could very well have won.
Two brutal attacks just a week apart in Bhagalpur, and the very different political receptions they have got, say as much about Bihar’s caste politics as the assaults themselves.
Gujarat’s ‘frontier’ districts at its remote margins may be the vanguards of change.
The ramifications of dynastic succession go beyond electoral politics. They form the core of India’s political culture.
Vinod Dua discusses the BJP’s election manifesto ‘Sankalp Patra’.
It is the people of India who have to pick up the pieces and reclaim the inclusive pluralist traditions of this ancient diverse land.
The party is putting up a fierce fight by letting the Hardik-Alpesh-Jignesh trio capture the caste-based anger against the BJP, while Rahul focuses on larger political economy issues.
He alleged that he had time and again raised certain issues with the prime minister, but they were ignored.
Work that was getting done at lightning speed in Kol Gadhaiyaa in Bundelkhand ahead of the chief minister’s arrival suddenly stopped when his visit was cancelled.
The well-planned destruction of the Babri Masjid 25 years ago was a dress rehearsal for further acts of vandalism that are in store. No wonder the assault on witnesses like photographers and smashing of their cameras felt like a ‘blinding of the nation’.
The deliberate averting of the gaze from genuine newsworthy issues is equally a sign of how journalists are out to divert the national conversation.
Speeches made by Adityanath and Anurag Thakur during an election campaign in Amreli were clearly aimed at dividing the electorate on religious lines.
To neutralise hostility against it, the BJP machinery has pushed aside its slogan of vikas and is focussing on polarisation tactics. But will this be enough?
In the 652 urban local bodies, the party lost its deposit in 3656 seats and won in 2366.
At an event organised by The Wire, journalists who reported on the Babri Masjid demolition 25 years ago talked about their experiences, from having their equipment broken to being sexually assaulted.
Discrepancies between Election Commission and Electronics Corporation of India Limited data on number of ballot units and control units manufactured have also been revealed.
The 24-year-old Patidar quota stir leader asked people in Surat to not vote for the BJP, but for ‘a party that will be in a position to form a government’.
Sinha was protesting against the government for its alleged apathy towards cotton and soybean cultivators outside the Akola district collector’s office.
While peasants in the Patidar-dominated districted have sided with Hardik Patel, affluent industrialists still harbour mixed feelings on whether the BJP has addressed their issues.
While BJP leaders are going all out to arrest the erosion of Patidar support in the state, they are unlikely to sway those members of the community who have resolved to desert the saffron party.
The senior leader heading a faction of the JD(U) talks about how the Gujarat elections are likely to set the tone for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Nitish Kumar’s demand for quota for backward classes in the private sector and more.
It is clear that this is not a development model that will bring about the greatest good to the most number of people.
Keeping in mind the tribes in the north-east, the party plans to bring out such tribe-specific images of Bharat Mata.
The relevance of parliament as an institution of accountability has come into question.
The AAP chief’s tactical shift could well be a precursor to the realignment of political forces in the 2019 polls.
If the questions raised by Judge Loya’s family had surfaced earlier, both the Bombay high court and the Supreme Court may have come to a different conclusion on the appeal.
In conversation with the newly-inducted Congress leader on what he expects from the upcoming elections, his party’s agenda and more.
The Congress vice president’s comments came in light of a report claiming the average daily production of Nano cars at the Tata Motor’s Sanand plant was down to ‘just two’.
The model of development that was presented as a success story relies on patronising and providing incentives to large businesses while simultaneously suppressing wage incomes.
Decrying the Modi government’s policies is not enough. Rahul Gandhi must also build an alternative development agenda and revamp his role as a leader along with Congress party structures.
While urban voters are leaning towards the BJP, agricultural crisis and growing unemployment have alienated rural Patidars from the party.
In an interview with Karan Thapar for The Wire, Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor talks about the ‘Padmavati’ controversy and Congress’s view on freedom of expression.
It still remains to be seen whether the Gandhi scion can emerge as a formidable opponent to the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Modi.