The “secular” realm – jobs, prices, the economy, living conditions – is trumping the world of perverse ideas delivered slickly through clever propaganda disseminated by fanatical Hindutva outfits and a section of the fawning media.
Maya Mirchandani speaks to former union minister and advocate Salman Khurshid on the latest triple talaq judgment and how the Gujarat elections were a sign of Congress’s revival.
Clearly on the defensive, was the prime minister’s speech in parliament another example of his belief that people will swallow anything he says provided he does so with sufficient bravado?
The Gujarat election results are a wake-up call for the key political parties, as they gear up to draw strategies for the ensuing elections to three states.
State chief minister Vijay Rupani has said that a two-day special session will be held after January 20.
What industry captains are looking forward to is how the government prioritises its expenditure and if it will follow up on its long-pending promise to rationalise corporate tax rates.
With the electorate no longer allowing itself to be beguiled with the promise of ‘achhe din,’ the BJP has now taken to spreading fear about the return of “caste politics.”
With only 16 months left in his tenure, Modi has cemented himself as the only Indian PM to completely keep the press at arm’s length.
In an interview with The Wire’s M.K. Venu, the former finance minister says that India’s agrarian and unemployment crises cannot be solved through the one budget that’s left.
Nitin Patel is back in the Gujarat cabinet with the finance portfolio. But the episode has shown that BJP chief ministers have no powers of their own.
While disruptive majoritarianism has destroyed many of our values this year, it has also spurred individual acts of dissident disruption.
With conservatism dominating the state’s politics since the 1930s, Gujarat’s rightward tilt is thanks to Sardar Patel, Morarji Desai and K.M. Munshi.
Maya Mirchandani speaks to former Union minister Manish Tewari about the 2G scam verdict, lessons for the Congress from the Gujarat election results, Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as party president and dynastic politics in India.
According to sources in the party, Rupani’s nomination for the chief ministerial position again reinforces the influence the RSS has on the saffron party.
Narendra Modi is seen as being unflinchingly loyal to his subordinates. In contrast, recent events have shown people that Rahul Gandhi is not a fighter.
Will the opposition take up the big challenge facing India’s cultural and social fabric?
Several elements of populism were present in Narendra Modi’s campaign in Gujarat.
Vinod Dua discusses Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Pakistan conspiracy’ remark and the implementation of the Right to Information Act.
Could ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ be a secret leadership manual for Rahul 2.0?
Even in the seats that the saffron party retained in the region, its victory margin has fallen considerably.
The less-than-impressive show in Gujarat indicates that the BJP is no longer invincible and that the opposition is very much in the game.
Trends indicate that when voter turnout rises in the state, the party’s vote share falls. So when more people in Gujarat come out to vote, they most often are voting for the opposition.
The Gujarat assembly election results have confirmed electoral democracy’s curative power to correct political arrogance.
The aggression of development, the militancy of cultural nationalism and the loud assertion of ‘shiny’ India have become the dominant discourse, and it is becoming extremely difficult to come out of its shadow.
This is a moment full of possibility for the articulation of a Dalit-Bahujan oriented left-wing politics – not just in Gujarat but elsewhere in the country.
Amit Shah focused on consolidating non-Patidar regions, making sure Congress’s big names were defeated and engaging with disenchanted traders and merchants.
Mevani, who contested as an independent candidate with support of the Congress, polled 95,497 votes on the seat reserved for a Schedule Caste nominee.
‘Vikas’ took a backseat long ago; the BJP is now back to basics and even when there is no election going on, it will continue on this trajectory.
The Election Commission’s official trends for Gujarat show BJP leading in 99 seats, Congress+ in 80, and others in three.
Vijay Rupani to retain his Rajkot (West) seat.
Backstory: The Defining Image of the Gujarat Election Was Actually a Non-Image – The Missing Muslim Subject
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
Vinod Dua discusses growing religious intolerance in India and the issues that the party that wins Gujarat elections should focus on.
The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a demand, raised by Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal, for tallying at least 25% of EVM votes with VVPAT.
By extending the epidemic of political correctness to words and their usage, the BJP is emptying politics of its meaning.
Vinod Dua discusses the alleged ‘inaction’ of the Election Commission in Gujarat, and details of polling in the two phases of the election.
The run up to polls saw a stiff contest as a resurgent Congress picked holes in the Gujarat model and the BJP, which started on the vikas plank, went back to its Hindu nationalist campaign.
Exit polls predict the BJP to win over 110 seats in Gujarat and 49 seats in Himachal Pradesh.
The party accused the EC of being a ‘puppet’ of the ruling BJP after it pulled up Rahul Gandhi over alleged model code of conduct violation in Gujarat but failed to take action against the PM for the same.
Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj India talks about his prediction for the assembly elections, the agrarian crisis in Gujarat, emerging social movements, Rahul Gandhi and more.
EC Orders FIRs Against TV Channels That Aired Rahul Gandhi’s Interview, Congress Says Attack on Media
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Modi had given interviews ahead of 2014 general elections but had had not been served with punitive notice.