Modi has no clear vision, nor does he have the patience to comprehend complexities. Therefore, the hope that the state is now headed for rapid development is misplaced.
The opposition’s tirade against surgical strikes and demonetisation, along with Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati’s loss of credibility added to Modi’s appeal.
His victory remarks also clearly show the prime minister setting his sights on the 2019 election and beyond.
People suffered but voting may have been driven less by anger over the damage to immediate economic interests than by their belief that a ‘decisive’ Modi would make them better off in the long run.
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
Three potential challengers in UP – Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati – proved no match for Narendra Modi’s relentless campaigning.
With no chief minister candidate announced before the election, it now remains to be seen who will lead the BJP government in Uttarakhand.
The crux of the election is that Narendra Modi’s opponents could not match him in weaving a broader political narrative around development.
Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to voice his opinions on the election results and said parties should move beyond criticising Modi and actually offer voters an alternative agenda.
The decision by various TV channels to broadcast live an ongoing anti-terror operation on the last day of UP polling raises many questions about the intent of their coverage.
Recent events show that Babasaheb Ambedkar’s fears of democracy giving way to dictatorship if the authority of its leaders remains unchecked may not have been unfounded.
Prakash Karat, Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav, Dangwimsai Pul and activists from the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information held a public rally to protest against the Centre’s systematic weakening of anti-corruption efforts.
This was a closely fought triangular contest in UP, but it looks like the BJP and BSP are now the main contenders.
According to the poll of over 25 economists, the inflation rate for February rose to a three-month high of 3.58% from 3.17% in January.
Not only were women’s day rallies cancelled so as to not disrupt the prime minister’s visit, anyone seen as a possible ‘protestor’ was detained by the police.
Each party in UP banked on creating a coalition of caste groups and weaving a larger political narrative to win the confidence of the majority.
The lack of sex-disaggregated data and statistics, right from birth, make gender gaps and the realities of the lives of women and girls invisible.
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.
Law and order concerns were raised and Section 144 imposed after protesters, led by a Bengali group demanding citizenship for Hindu Bangladeshis, vandalised an All Assam Students’ Union office.
With the second phase of the Manipur assembly elections set to begin on March 8, The Wire takes you through the candidates contesting from 22 constituencies.
US report also says that while demonetisation “addresses the problem of counterfeit currency, it does little to mitigate long term money laundering risks.”
Indian shares rose on Monday, with the NSE index moving close to breaching a key psychological level of 9,000, on hopes the ruling BJP would win the ongoing elections in UP.
Till the third phase of the UP assembly elections, the BJP had a relatively quiet campaign, but it seems to have changed its tactic mid-way through the fourth phase, making excessive use of the prime minister.
For the third time, the commission has refused information in connection to the prime minister. This time, a petition sought documents pertaining to Modi’s passport applications.
The VC, who acknowledges his sympathies for the RSS, vehemently denies being present at the prime minister’s rally.
Defence policy in India should not be seen as the final ‘good’ that nobody can disagree with.
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.
As the first phase of assembly elections in Manipur begins, The Wire takes you through the history of elections and power shifts in the northeastern state.
The differences between Narendra Modi and Pranab Mukherjee’s recent speeches are as clear as day and night. What should we take away from them?
While an important measurement, GDP is far from adequate to judge a country’s economy and socio-economic conditions.
The beginning to countering the politics of hate lies in self-reflection, in digging deep into the everyday discourses we participate in that mark the “other” and in recognising the “other” in the “us”.
The BJP has been capitalising on an anti-Yadav sentiment that has been brewing against the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.
Campaigning in eastern UP, Modi has tried every trick in the book – polarisation on communal lines, fiscal giveaways and pitting the poor against the rich.
Donald Trump has finally broken his silence on the incident, but Narendra Modi remains mum.
The visit will mark 25 years of diplomatic relations with Israel and will be the first time an Indian leader will skip visiting neighbouring Palestine.
What is to become of us if communal, majoritarian language continues to be used and we do not oppose it?
Forcing people to use digital payment methods will require the government to increase the cost of using cash, which will be a greater burden for the poor.
Despite the hardships, why do many people continue to back what most economists and analysts have termed a bad policy?
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have raised the communal temperature in the state from the fourth phase onwards, but it remains to be seen whether the party will be able to get its critical mass of Hindu votes cutting across various castes.