There are many opportunities for the opposition, but the question is, are they up to it?
Results of state assembly elections can have extended consequences on the composition of the Rajya Sabha.
A recent survey has revealed that tackling the lack of awareness on reservations among those entitled to it is critical to improve the policy.
The banners were put up by a little-known political group headed by Amit Jani, who had threatened to kill Kanhaiya Kumar last year.
Economists caution that the move could encourage indebted farmers not to repay loans, deepening malaise at public sector banks.
The chief minister is today the undisputed leader of the desert state and there is currently no one to match her political stature.
Harsh Mander’s ‘Where Are India’s Dissenting Hindus?’
As anti-Muslim rhetoric festers, the Hindu majority continues to fail to raise its voice against the BJP’s toxic politics of hate.
“The charges are absolutely baseless. The people were attending a prayer meeting voluntarily. We prayed. Nothing else was done,” pastor Adam said.
The so-called ‘illegal’ slaughterhouses are public municipal slaughterhouses across UP, which have been allowed to sink into abysmal conditions due to utter negligence.
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.
Under the guise of upholding Indian tradition and protecting women, an anti-modern cultural imperialism is taking shape, which will not hesitate to erase the very idea of equality from Indian civilisation.
In ‘When Crime Pays’, Milan Vaishnav explores the factors that influence voter demand for candidates with criminal reputations, showing that voters prefer them not despite their dubious record but because of it.
Uttar Pradesh, and indeed other states, may issue farm loan waiver bonds to banks but everyone knows these bonds will have no takers. The Centre will have to guarantee them.
To blame butchers and the meat industry for not complying with the law is to ignore the unhelpful attitude to business of the state’s administration.
In the twenty-sixth episode of Jan Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the anti-romeo squads set up by the UP government and explains the GST Bill.
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.
“People look up to courts for justice. They think the court is their sole protector. If Adityanath addresses the judiciary in the programme, it will be an insult.”
At least nine Africans have been seriously injured in multiple attacks over the last two days.
The arrival of Adityanath as chief minister is the clearest sign that the BJP as well as its parent, the RSS are thinking of an agenda that goes far beyond just winning elections.
Mediations are only fair if both parties are equally powerful – which isn’t true for the Babri Masjid case, particularly in Adityanath’s UP.
Siddharth Varadarajan and Baburam Bhattarai discuss the recent political developments in Nepal and India-Nepal relations.
Why would Adityanath meet a terror convict months before serial blasts in Muslim-dominated areas of Ajmer, Hyderabad and Malegaon?
The fight over free speech is about the institutional protection of individuals’ basic rights from mob rule and putting a check on the state’s coercive power.
The BJP had said it would take “stern steps to close down all illegal slaughterhouses besides banning mechanised slaughterhouses” if it came to power.
In a short period of time, Adityanath decimated the political mafia that existed in his area, emerged as a prominent force and polarised the region.
The Sunni Central Waqf Board, the main claimant in the Babri masjid title suit, is led by nominees of the UP government.
A clear and decisive narrative of Hindutva as an integral component of the larger economic development project is already out there. Various facets of this will soon unfold.
Each move Modi made awed us, even when he spewed venom. We were too ready, too eager to legitimise everything he did.
Adityanath’s appointment is his latest move. The task before us will now be to find virtue in what has been done.
The militant Yogi has built his political career out of spewing venom against Muslims.
State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma will be deputy chief ministers.
The opposition must build an alternative model that addresses the issues of governance and corruption along with the promise of a more prosperous future.
Several in the Congress believe Rahul Gandhi made poor choices in UP, for which he needs to take responsibility.
Not only has Muslim representation fallen dramatically, it is a third of what it should be in proportion to population.
The prime minister’s win should bode well for foreign portfolio investment in India.
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 Muslim community has spent years bearing the brunt of the political ambitions of others.
This ‘moral cleansing’ project of the prime minister has played a big role in enabling him to break through caste barriers to create a larger social coalition.
The party is now all set to become the biggest player in the Rajya Sabha by 2018, but is still some way off from a majority
Three potential challengers in UP – Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati – proved no match for Narendra Modi’s relentless campaigning.