What is to become of us if communal, majoritarian language continues to be used and we do not oppose it?
The contest between Amita Singh and Garima Singh, the Congress and BJP candidates from Amethi, has turned the personal lives of the local ‘royal’ family into a political issue.
The BSP and Congress-SP alliance are focusing on minority votes, the BJP is hoping that Muslim votes are split between the other parties.
At a recent rally, Dimple Yadav suggested that women’s reservations in government jobs was part of the Samajwadi Party’s plans.
Given the smaller Muslim population in the later phases of the UP elections, the BJP is focusing its energies on communal tactics.
Even as the election fever in Uttar Pradesh continues to mount, the Sultanpur MP has gone missing from the BJP’s list of star campaigners.
UP’s assembly elections will reveal voters’ ability to separate the truth from the fanfare of election rhetoric, number crunching and exit polls.
What gives Dadua an edge is his legacy. His brother, his son, his nephew have all been players on the political battlefield of UP.
Between 35-40% of candidates in the UP elections have a criminal record. Many criminal acts have ideological legitimacy, resulting in reward rather than punishment, as seen in the case of the UP BJP president.
Political fallout from the selection of candidates and the realignment of voter communities is making a Samajwadi Party victory unlikely in phase three of the assembly elections.
With little hope for normalcy even 100 days after the note ban, there is an urgent need for providing relief and compensation to those who have been most affected.
Originally released only on CDs, Mollywood is now popular in cinemas across western Uttar Pradesh.
As India’s most populous state votes, The Wire takes you through the history of elections, party politics and power shifts in Uttar Pradesh.
Though five people have died since the blockade because they were unable to get medical help on time, authorities have done nothing, villagers allege.
Whatever be the electoral outcome, one thing appears certain: minorities are not going to turn their back on the idea of a secular India.
Of the seven cases that were filed after the 2013 riots, two are yet to go to trial while no convictions have been made in the others.
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The BJP and the BSP have made inroads into several districts across the phase two region, a Samajwadi Party stronghold since the 2012 elections.
Dadua is possibly the only dacoit in UP to have guided political careers across generations.
An NGO’s annual reports on primary education have gained popularity in India and abroad, but its fundamental message on poor learning levels remains unheeded.
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
Government initiatives to clean up the Ganga have failed to stop the dumping of toxic effluents and untreated sewage into the river at the industrial hub of Kanpur.
While the BJP and the BSP will gain from its troubles, the Samjawadi Party’s prospects of returning to power will suffer if it fails to repeat its 2012 performance in these areas.
Congress would contest 105 seats while the Samajwadi Party would fight in 298 seats in the state.
Som has denied the charges, telling PTI that there was “nothing controversial in the CD and that parts of the video had already been aired on TV news channels”.
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.
The commission has sought a report from the Meerut administration over Maharaj’s comments that Muslims are responsible for the population-related problems in India.
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.
Over 50 weavers in the prime minister’s constituency have committed suicide in the last three years due to indebtedness.
A conversation with Bhanwar Meghwanshi, Dalit activist from Rajasthan
Mulayam Singh Yadav had immediately called for a rival meeting on January 5, which has now been postponed.
Party insiders say a deal struck by Amar Singh and Shivpal Yadav set in motion the sequence of events which led Mulayam Singh Yadav to expel son Akhilesh.
All eyes will now be on which Yadav faction comes out on top – the ‘clean politics’ of Akhilesh or the ‘status-quo’ politics of Shivpal.
According to the WHO’s list of 20 worst polluted cities, ten are in India. Of these, six are in North India and four in UP: Allahabad, Kanpur, Firozabad and Lucknow.
As their repeated appeals to the administration go unheard, these women say death seems better than this humiliation.
Recent communal violence may have shifted the tide towards the ruling Samajwadi Party and the BJP, but it is unwise to rule Mayawati’s BSP out of the race, at least in Bijnor.
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In Being the ‘Other’: The Muslim in India, Saeed Naqvi chronicles the events that have led to Muslims being identified as the ‘other’ in the country.
Many have lost their job and even those who continue to work are facing a major demand crunch – leading to widespread pessimism about when things will get better.