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Engendering Hope Among Muslim Youth

It seems that the Aam Aadmi Party’s politics has found resonance among Muslim youth. Disgruntled with the Congress and other secular parties, the new generation of educated Muslims are flocking to AAP, who they think would provide them with a non-discriminatory and an enabling environment for fulfilling their aspirations.

Between formal and substantive legitimacy

The simple majority or the First Past the Post system extant in India suffers from a number of flaws, even if some of them have been mitigated by the nature of political contestation and the social upsurge in the country. Primarily these flaws have to do with lack of substantive “representativeness”, possible issues with accountability among others. A proportional representation system with the provision of a single transferable vote could be a better alternative to the FPTP system.

The "High Turnout" in ongoing Lok Sabha polls - What could explain it?

The ongoing Lok Sabha elections have clearly shown a higher turnout in most states as compared to previous Lok Sabha elections. Is this an one-off phenomenon? A look at the polling percentages in recent assembly elections suggests that there has been a general increase in voter participation over the past few years. What could be the reason?

Uttar Pradesh - Communal Polarisation vs Caste Calculus

After a long time, the focus of the electorate in Uttar Pradesh is on the two national parties much to the discomfiture of regional ones. Whether Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party stand to gain from the changing caste dynamics in the state or the Congress from the increased communal polarisation post-Muzzafarnagar riots, is difficult to say.

Muslims in Uttar Pradesh

The political parties need to redefine their engagement with Muslim communities in Uttar Pradesh and go beyond the imaginary phenomenon of “Muslim vote bank”. Instead of just limiting themselves to issues regarding their safety and security, the political parties need to take cognizance of the existing diversity within Muslims based on caste and class and address their socio-economic concerns.

Muslims of Telangana: A Ground Report

With the creation of Telangana, the polarisation between Hindus and Muslims has become sharper. The new aspirations of the Muslims for socio-economic benefits and political representations is being viewed by the dominant community as aggressive re-assertion by the Muslims, who were otherwise dormant and subdued in the integrated state of Andhra Pradesh.

The Battle for Ballot in North-East India

In all likelihood, the so called “Modi wave” will not dent the Congress party’s prospects in north-east India, its stronghold. Though there are a number of political parties contesting the elections in the region, the main battle is going to be fought between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. In the current scenario, the hypothesis that there will be a pan-NE commonality in voter choice stands irrelevant with the presence of diverse issues and multiple players.

Left Parties - Pragmatic or Dogmatic?

In the run-up to the 2014 general elections, the Left parties have hardly made their presence felt. To make themselves relevant in the prevailing socio-political climate, the Left parties will have to be pragmatic and reinvent themselves, or perhaps head towards a terminal decline.

Status of Opinion Polls

Election surveys are seen as covert instruments used by political parties for making seat predictions and influencing the electorate in India. It is high time opinion polls take cognizance of the situation to establish their credibility and impartiality.

Maharashtra 2014 - A Two-and-a-Half Horse Race

The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navanirman Sena is once again set to determine the electoral outcome in the Lok Sabha elections this year in Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance should be concerned, as the MNS polarised the votes, both in the Lok Sabha and assembly elections, in the state in 2009 to benefit the Congress-NCP combine.

The West Bengal Story

The new politics of caste in West Bengal has the potential to dislodge the traditional bipolar political discourse in the state. While bhadrolok politics is still dominant, the question of caste is likely to play a crucial role in this election.

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