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Last Lap of the Karnataka Elections

Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah faces no severe criticism for his tenure, but there are constituents of Karnataka that are unhappy with the incumbent government. Sections of the Lingayats firmly back the Bharatiya Janata Party in parts of central and northern Karnataka, which challenges the Congress’s prospects of a second term. The Janata Dal (Secular) is also a force to reckon with in south Karnataka. However, overall, the contest will probably be a close one, primarily between the Congress and the BJP.

What the Tripura Victory Signifies for the BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party is jubilant after its performance in the assembly elections in Tripura. However, while it was relatively simpler for the party to find success in Assam and Tripura because their politics essentially follows the trajectory of “mainstream” India, cracking the other states in the North East may be complex and a long haul. In the meantime, theBJP will make peace with the regional forces and forsake or dilute the Hindutva-specific agenda according to expediency. It helps to have a government at the centre that can dangle and deliver carrots from time to time.

View from the Ground: Gujarat Elections Defy Easy Predictions

The results of the Gujarat assembly elections are definitely not a foregone conclusion, especially for the Bharatiya Janata Party. This article takes a nuanced look at the factors that will affect the final outcome on 18 December even as it carries voices at the ground level in the state in the run-up to the polls on 9 and 14 December.

Gujarat Operation and the Bharatiya Janata Party

The impending election to three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat has laid bare the Bharatiya Janata Party’s strategy to use each opportunity to win electoral battles at every level and, at the same time, demolish the opposition.

Mayawati’s Financial Tangles and the Cost to Dalit Politics

Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati seems to be focused on settling scores with her former confidantes-turned-foes. Meanwhile, attacks on Dalits are intensifying and the newly-formed Bhim Sena seems to be a greater attraction for Dalit youth in the state.

Messages, Mathematics and Silences in BJP’s UP Win

The Bharatiya Janata Party consolidated the support of the “leftover” castes such as the Gujjar, Tyagi, Brahmin, Saini and Kashyap who are not counted in the typical matrix fashioned for years on the basis of the “dominant” groupings like the Jats, Muslims and Dalits. Accompanying the mathematics were a slew of ideas about Muslims and Yadavs as oppressors, and a strategic silence so as to not polarise all Muslim votes to benefit the BSP.

RSS, BJP and Communal Polarisation in Uttar Pradesh Polls

Ahead of the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its allied organisations are making concerted efforts to achieve better coordination on the ground to consolidate the Hindu votes and crack the complex caste arithmetic of the state. With the Hindutva card unlikely to cut much ice with the backward castes and Dalits, it is crucial for the BJP, to calibrate its campaign strategy to offer these less empowered communities more political representation to reap electoral dividends in the impending polls.

Narendra Modi's 'Revealing' Speeches

In public speeches in the Hindi heartland, the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, blends what were until now considered contradictory elements. With a facade that combines caste and class, Modi stresses his backward caste origins while promising efficient governance and state of the art infrastructure. Obviously Narendra Modi is aiming his marketing skills at what he calls the "neo" middle classes who form a signifi cant part of the semi-empowered castes.

The BJP and the RSS

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has always sought to exercise an ironclad control over its political offspring, the Bharatiya Janata Party. The machinations of the former have directed the fortunes of the latter, including determining who the party president should be. Over the last two decades, however, there have been many changes in the relationship between the two. Most recently, while the current Sangh chief, Mohan Bhagwat favoured "regional" leadership of the party over Delhi-centric leaders, his choice, Nitin Gadkari, had to step aside and make way for Rajnath Singh. The run-up to the 2014 general elections will tell if the BJP will assert its identity or if the Sangh will try to regain complete control.

Uttar Pradesh Elections and Samajwadi Party's Victory

The Samajwadi Party's victory in Uttar Pradesh was possible due to a combination of factors: the loss in support for the incumbent Bahujan Samaj Party from the upper castes who had hitherto supported that party, the grass-roots mobilisation made possible by SP's Akhilesh Yadav, amongst others. A report based on a tracking of the trends over months.

The Press on Ayodhya

The Press on Ayodhya Radhika Ramaseshan The Hindi Press in Uttar Pradesh played a highly partisan role during and after the October 30 events, which undoubtedly exacerbated communal tensions in the already vitiated atmosohere.

BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY- Callousness Abounding

BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY Callousness Abounding Radhika Ramaseshan THE Union Carbide management's response to the line of medical treatment of the victims of MIC poisoning alternated between indifference and prevaricative statements. The management's reaction led to two levels of speculation in Bhopal among doctors and others alike


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