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Tamil Politics without Caste?

Film stars Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth are gearing up for the next elections. Rajinikanth wishes to promote a politics based on spirituality, while Haasan is committed to secularism. But both of them have one aim, which is to eradicate corruption from public life in Tamil Nadu. However, this rhetoric of “corruption-free” politics is, in fact, a façade for promoting a politics that sidelines questions of caste inequalities.

Seismic Shifts in Hong Kong Politics

The victory of six localist candidates in the 2016 Legislative Council election in Hong Kong reflects the significant changes taking place in the sociopolitical landscape of this former British colony. Espousing local interests and challenging the Chinese encroachment on local politics and economy, the localists have found considerable support among certain sections of the Hong Kong public.

Defying the Pattern

On the basis of evidence, culled from the 2016 assembly elections, this opinion piece reiterates the argument that political process shaping voters' preferences needs to be contextually understood to meaningfully explain the poll outcome in India.

Twitter and the Rebranding of Narendra Modi

Through a qualitative study of the historical patterns of retweeting and favouriting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's messages, followbacks to other Twitter accounts, and evolving themes of messages pre- and post-election, this essay examines trends in his political discourse that have corresponded to four distinct periods. Thoughtful construction of messages on Twitter has helped Modi build a powerful online brand, allowing him to transcend a problematic past and emerge as a techno-savvy global leader who speaks directly to his electorate.

Horizontal Imbalances in India

Horizontal imbalances (measured by the coefficient of variation in own revenue as a percentage of total expenditure) persist in India even today mainly due to a host of economic and political factors. Variations in tax base, tax effort, infrastructural facilities - both physical and social - and political uncertainty are found to be the important determinants of horizontal imbalances. The dispersion in horizontal imbalance can only be reduced through all-round development of the poorer states. General-purpose transfers from the centre are essential for horizontal equity but they cannot ensure a permanent solution.
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