The likely success of grand alliance in the recent UP polls suggests that the parties the BJP defeated in 2017 will put in a serious effort to get one going at the national level.
While there are some striking similarities, the Netherlands’ participatory representative democracy highlights what’s missing in India, especially when the space for debate and discussion is increasingly under siege.
In the absence of any positive change, how long can a voter keep casting their vote based on false promises?
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.
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.
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.
Most party leaders think that the focus on digitalisation as a way to improve people’s material realities may be off the mark.
A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality.
Derided as rat eaters, a large number of Musahars in Bihar villages see education for their children as the only way out of the oppression they face daily, but the going is still tough.
The student was found dead the morning after her mother had been refused permission to take her home
The day before her murder, the student had complained of being harassed by a teacher.
Every major crime – murder, rape, kidnapping, rioting – increased in the months following the liquor ban.
Despite the uncertainty about the political impact of note ban, the party holds an advantage for several reasons, including its strong track record of capitalising on crises within regional parties.
A report suggests that BJP functionaries made transactions worth crores on behalf of the party, in Bihar, till just before demonetisation was announced.
Nitish Kumar said the move would be beneficial in the long run, but others like Mamata Banerjee, Sitaram Yechury and Thomas Isaac were critical of it.
Bihar’s new prohibition law could land liquor sellers and consumers in jail for up to seven years and make them poorer by Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
The court found that the ban was violating Article 14 and Article 21 of the constitution.
Given the negative impact biometric point of sales machines have had in Jharkhand and Rajasthan, the group urged Bihar to continue its own PDS reforms.
Environmentalists support Nitish Kumar’s demand to demolish the barrage, but urge caution to ensure the desiltation policy does not damage the river’s ecosystem.
The National Disaster Response Force has fanned out 56 rescue and relief teams to help people hit by heavy rains in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
The local administration has not yet confirmed the cause of death, but the victims families have said symptoms started after they consumed alcohol from illicit liquor stores.
Though Rahul Gandhi’s petition is now listed for final hearing on July 27, the Congress leader is unlikely to accept the Supreme Court’s suggestion that he express regret in order to avoid facing trial for defamation.
BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav discusses the Assam elections, Jammu and Kashmir, the party’s strategy and more.
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Although the Congress today is in no position to coherently challenge the BJP, a small event can galvanise the party.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced today that total prohibition has been enforced with immediate effect.
January 19 marked the 29th anniversary of the police firing that claimed the lives of two Bunkars in Bhagalpur. Nearly three decades after the incident, the community is still plagued by the same issues.
Whatever it’s limitations, the AAP government’s efforts to limit vehicular pollution and traffic in Delhi shows a party eager to involve people in governance.
With one foot in traditional caste rhetoric and the other in ‘modernity’, Tamil Nadu’s political parties are experimenting to draw the old and young voter alike
Winning elections is always a morale booster, but the party has to reaffirm its secular values more clearly to rebuild itself
The middle class fears the return of the bad old days, forgetting its own contribution to the making of the state’s political culture of the 1990s.
Social justice cannot be achieved if only the higher castes get electoral representation and negotiate the terms of the debate
Patna: JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who was sworn in as Bihar chief minister today for a third straight term on Friday, kept the home portfolio with him while Lalu Prasad’s younger son Tejaswi Yadav was named deputy chief minister. The chief minister will look after home, general administration and […]
As Nitish Kumar returns as the chief minister of the state with India’s poorest people, his game plan should be clear: Press on with policies that offer educational opportunities and further economic progress, especially jobs, wealth creation and infrastructure.
In the 1962 elections, Jan Sangh supporters spread rumours that Nehru used to go to the Ashoka hotel to eat beef and posters were put up in Delhi showing him with a sword in his hand leading cows to slaughter. The result of the assembly election of Bihar […]
The Prime Minister will be under tremendous pressure to create a broader climate for faster economic growth. So far, his ego has come in the way of personally reaching out to opposition leaders like Sonia Gandhi.
While it has now become a cliché to condemn Lalu Prasad Yadav for presiding over Bihar’s alleged descent into ‘casteist’ lawlessness from 1990 to 2005, his achievements cannot be overlooked.
The prolonged Bihar spectacle has defrocked this self-promoted messiah of techno-nationalism, a man who can effortlessly woo the CEOs and other technocrats in the Silicon Valley and still practise pre-Partition politics.
Eight takeaways from Bihar’s stunning election result