ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Of Power and Politics

In these times of hyper-nationalism, everything gets tied to the nation. So, a matter such as synchronising the timing of parliamentary and assembly elections, too, gets packaged as “one nation, one....

My Dear Members of the Congress party, Since I became the president of this coveted, but contemporarily much maligned and mauled party, I have been wanting to talk to you and share my many dilemmas....

Following the result of the Gujarat assembly elections, the print media has witnessed a slew of write-ups by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) functionaries trumpeting the party’s victory and explaining....

In more ways than one, 6 December 1992 marked a shift in the journey of contemporary India and its democracy. Twenty-five years have passed since the vandalism at Ayodhya resulted in the demolition of....

After long deliberation and unseemly delay, the Election Commission of India has announced the dates for elections to the Gujarat assembly. Approximately a month on from now, Gujarat would be well....

Recently, there has been a sudden eruption of swabhiman (Marathi word for self-respect)—not of the Periyar variety—in Maharashtra. First, the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna split and then a disgruntled....

The rally mobilised by the Lalu Prasad Yadav family at Patna in Bihar predictably called upon the people to remove the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from power. Almost as if responding to Modi’s new....

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team are certainly not short on ideas that can easily impress the masses. The Prime Minister’s recent (30 July) monologue (Mann ki Baat) is surely going to be a....

It is not easy to decipher what message emanates from Nitish Kumar’s decision to support the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) presidential nominee and generally rock the non-BJP boat. His victory in the....

June is the month to remember the “emergency” for lessons that we never learned. Of late, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in the forefront of memorialising it while the Congress party....

It is not very difficult to identify features that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shares with other parties. As actors in a common political environment and institutional set-up, parties evolve many....

Political parties in India have long displayed a tendency towards what some commentators have called “Congressisation.” The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), too, has received criticisms that in the....