Law student Dilip Saroj was beaten into a coma with hockey sticks, pipes and bricks in public view despite the presence of a patrol car 100 metres away.
Analysis shows that the results of the recent urban local body elections should worry the BJP.
Agitation against any regime is easy. However, to sustain a movement and give an ideological alternative to the existing system is a whole different proposition.
Two recent books chronicle the rise and fall of an influential Dalit movement and a significant Dalit politician.
From declaring towns in the state as official pilgrimage sites to his colour drive, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister is going all out in his obvious push for Hindutva.
Political families exist across the country and in many parties. And until Indian democracy matures, the people will have to put up with such dynasties.
The BJP leadership is in two minds over a high profile by-election in Phulpur, which could see the opposition in UP unite and set a template for 2019.
His election is a key element of the party’s strategy for the 2019 election, and its aftermath.
Ram Nath Kovind’s presence in Rashtrapati Bhavan will not make any difference to the ongoing atrocities against the Dalits. What can Mayawati do to keep the struggle going?
“I have no moral right to be in the House if I am not allowed to put across my views on atrocities being committed against Dalits,” Mayawati said.
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.
Policemen who didn’t file FIRs, journalists who didn’t write questioning reports and former CMs who didn’t push investigations should all get a share of the credit for making Adityanath UP’s chief minister.
While BJP may have swept the elections, data shows that the vote-share of other parties have actually increased since 2014.
The opposition’s tirade against surgical strikes and demonetisation, along with Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati’s loss of credibility added to Modi’s appeal.
If the party’s success in using communal polarisation to build political support becomes the template for governance, the state and country are headed for dark days
The crux of the election is that Narendra Modi’s opponents could not match him in weaving a broader political narrative around development.
Mayawati rejected the results and asked the Election Commission to hold fresh elections in the state.
This was a closely fought triangular contest in UP, but it looks like the BJP and BSP are now the main contenders.
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.
What the leaders of bahujan parties have done by asserting their backward identity and standing up to oppression is bring the millions that hail from the oppressed sections into mainstream political discourse.
Counter-polarisation in favour of Mukhtar Ansari, who was struggling to retain his seat, reflects a larger pattern in which anti-BJP votes get consolidated towards one candidate.
The entry of Chinese players into the market in the 1990s selling cheap hosiery dealt a severe blow to a once-thriving industry in eastern Uttar Pradesh, made worse by the rise of cotton prices and non-inclusion of weavers in economic policies.
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.
Muslim voters have more faith in Mayawati than in the Samajwadi Party
A whole lot of issues that differ from region to region will dictate the electoral outcome in Uttar Pradesh, not leadership in political parties.
Mayawati has alleged that the media actively discriminates against her party, calling media organisations Brahmanical.
As India’s most populous state votes, The Wire takes you through the history of elections, party politics and power shifts in Uttar Pradesh.
The major parties are fielding many new faces related to established political names in the upcoming UP polls.
Unless leaders from both parties come out in full support of the alliance, they may not be able to convert popular support into votes.
Both the SP-Congress alliance and the BJP are strongly placed but the BSP is a contender too
The political reality of women in India pretty much mirrors the actual reality.
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 conversation with Bhanwar Meghwanshi, Dalit activist from Rajasthan
The state elections in 2017 will indicate which way the winds are blowing and will also chart Modi’s rise or fall.
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M.K. Venu and Saba Naqvi discuss the political climate in UP, whether the balance of power is changing and more.
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 the many hurdles in uniting the two communities, if the BSP gains a large section of the Dalit and Muslim vote, it will likely form the next UP government.