What really happened at the not-at-all-secret meeting with former Pakistani officials at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house.
An estimated 35 lakh Adivasis in Gujarat seasonally migrate to cities for work but the grand electoral promises of BJP and Congress fail to acknowledge their issues.
In a conversation with Karan Thapar, Sanjay Kumar, the director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Prashant Jha, author and associate editor at Hindustan Times, discuss the likely outcome of the Gujarat elections.
The physical segregation of Muslims in Gujarat is a part of the larger Hindutva objective to alienate those considered the ‘other’ from mainstream political processes.
Vinod Dua discusses how PM Modi has brought down the level of political discourse during his Gujarat election campaign and the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill 2017.
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.
“They are so desperate that in the temples where we worship, the religious leader and the priests have been asking us to talk our families and relatives into voting for BJP.”
“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.
Seizures indicate prohibition has not been implemented properly by the state government.
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.
The saffron party’s election strategy was similar when its leaders were unsure of a victory in Bihar.
Can you really fool all the people all the time? The Gujarat model is being shown up as fake.
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.
Gujarat’s ‘frontier’ districts at its remote margins may be the vanguards of change.
The BJP has been eyeing tribal votes in this election after sensing a dent in its loyal Patidar vote bank.
Vinod Dua discusses the BJP’s election manifesto ‘Sankalp Patra’.
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.
Many textile traders who were involved in the protest say they will vote for the BJP again because the Congress fielded an unknown candidate and was not able to win their confidence.
While it is not the EC’s job to see that the ballot boxes in Gujarat produce a verdict commensurate with the angry mood, it should go to any lengths to ensure a level playing field.
RTI application now reveals that model code of conduct does not hamper flood relief work.
The Varachha road constituency which is the centre of Surat’s diamond trade has been slipping out of the BJP’s hands since the area saw massive violence and arson in 2015.
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 an interview with Karan Thapar, Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia talks about the Congress party, Rahul Gandhi’s nomination for the party’s president and the Gujarat elections.
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’.
Congress leaders responded by protesting outside the chief minister’s house, where they allege they were subjected to excessive police force.
The Wire speaks to Kaleem Siddiqui, Socialist Party (India) candidate from Vatva in Ahmedabad, about why Muslims are being ignored by major political parties and the media.
Indranil Rajguru, who won the Rajkot East seat for the Congress in 2012, has decided to contest against Vijay Rupani from Rajkot West this time.
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.
Rajguru has been campaigning in the Rajkot West constituency for a year now, and is known for his aggressive, macho image.
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.
Arfa Khanum Sherwani discusses the political landscape in Gujarat, the rise of young leaders and election strategies of various parties with The Hindu’s deputy editor Vikas Pathak and political analyst Abhay Kumar Dubey.
Vinod Dua discusses the failure of the ‘Gujarat Model’ of development and PM Modi’s Gujarat election campaign.
Given Bhuj’s large Muslim population, the prime minister shifted away from his broader campaign tenor and raked up issues with the potential to polarise communities.
The AAP chief’s tactical shift could well be a precursor to the realignment of political forces in the 2019 polls.
In conversation with the newly-inducted Congress leader on what he expects from the upcoming elections, his party’s agenda and more.
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.
Though the party brought out an amended second list of candidates, certain sections remain disgruntled.