His election is a key element of the party’s strategy for the 2019 election, and its aftermath.
Will Kovind as president be a champion for Dalit justice? Will he uphold the values of the constitution?
The Bhim Army is part of the Ambedkarite tradition of politics; it is not necessarily a challenge to Mayawati and may in fact help consolidate the BSP.
Two senior police officers have been suspended and 30 have been arrested in connection with the violence.
The BJP is making inroads among Dalits but at the same time, Dalits come together when they are attacked by upper castes
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 Sadanand Fulzele about his association with B.R. Ambedkar, his involvement in the Deekshabhumi, the state of the Republican Party of India and more.
Scientists and engineers taking up the Election Commission’s EVM challenge have said to understand what kind of tampering is possible, it is important to perform actions that insiders or criminals may attempt.
The opposition must build an alternative model that addresses the issues of governance and corruption along with the promise of a more prosperous future.
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.
The opposition’s tirade against surgical strikes and demonetisation, along with Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati’s loss of credibility added to Modi’s appeal.
Narendra Modi may have declared the BJP the victor, but vote-block arithmetic means UP is still anyone’s game.
As the country remains preoccupied with the Uttar Pradesh elections, on women’s day, we look at some of the voices that didn’t find political expression in the campaign.
Join The Wire’s M.K. Venu and Ajoy Ashirwad for a live chat on the UP elections.
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.
The BJP has been capitalising on an anti-Yadav sentiment that has been brewing against the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.
As the BSP and SP lock horns in the fourth phase of UP’s assembly elections, the BJP hopes to accrue the benefits of this competition.
A whole lot of issues that differ from region to region will dictate the electoral outcome in Uttar Pradesh, not leadership in political parties.
As per a recent Supreme Court ruling, appeals to identity politics are fine, as long as they are incidental and not the core of the election campaigns.
Dalit Mahila Samiti members are far from impressed with the decline in public services and safety that accompanied Akhilesh Yadav’s rule in Uttar Pradesh.
If an economic slowdown occurs due to demonetisation, the self-worth and honour of the extremely backward castes communities may be affected. How this plays out in the upcoming state assembly elections remains to be seen.
Severe disenchantment and rebellion in the BJP’s ranks may give the Congress an easy victory in Nainital.
The major parties are fielding many new faces related to established political names in the upcoming UP polls.
The unequal distribution of government welfare schemes, and caste and sub-caste factors are going to play a key role in the assembly polls.
Most party leaders think that the focus on digitalisation as a way to improve people’s material realities may be off the mark.
Shivpal’s announcement comes at crucial juncture as the SP-Congress alliance has taken off well and Akhilesh is the leading candidate in many opinion polls.
Both the SP-Congress alliance and the BJP are strongly placed but the BSP is a contender too
While the BJP and the BSP will gain from its troubles, the Samjawadi Party’s prospects of returning to power will suffer if it fails to repeat its 2012 performance in these areas.
Thanks in part to demonetisation, a Dalit consolidation of sorts seems to be occurring in western UP, which could spell trouble for the BJP.
Western UP residents say they will choose who to vote for depending on the communities the candidates belong to and who they are seen as supporting.
A daily round-up of the human impact of demonetisation.
A conversation with Bhanwar Meghwanshi, Dalit activist from Rajasthan
Recent communal violence may have shifted the tide towards the ruling Samajwadi Party and the BJP, but it is unwise to rule Mayawati’s BSP out of the race, at least in Bijnor.
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.
M.K. Venu and Saba Naqvi discuss the political climate in UP, whether the balance of power is changing and more.
The alliance could disrupt the existing political equations and force the BJP and BSP to draw alternative strategies.
Ever since the Modi government came to power, first Muslims and now Dalits are being targeted on the pretext of protecting cows, she said.
Despite no visible economic improvement in people’s lives, the BJP is hoping that Narendra Modi will emerge as the pre-eminent leader in UP.
In a briefing chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, representatives of all parties have applauded the actions of the Indian Army.
A tribute to the advocate, writer and social activist who stood up for Dalits and the rights of the poor and the marginalised.