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Failure of the Mahagathbandhan

In the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 in Uttar Pradesh, the contest was keenly watched as the alliance of the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, and Rashtriya Lok Dal took on the challenge against the domination of the Bharatiya Janata Party. What contributed to the continued good performance of the BJP and the inability of the alliance to assert its presence is the focus of analysis here.

Gathbandhan Politics: Can the SP–BSP Alliance Succeed in Uttar Pradesh?

While an opposition alliance defeated the BJP during the 2018 Lok Sabha bypolls, it remains to be seen if the SP-BSP combine can win a majority in this year’s general elections.

Facts and Fiction about How Muslims Vote in India

There is a widely held belief that Muslims in India vote en bloc and strategically to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party. This misconception has given rise to several wild theories about how Muslims participate in electoral arena—that they vote in large numbers, their decision of whom to vote for is influenced by clerics, they are more concerned about religious issues while voting, and are less supportive of India’s political institutions. This article presents a body of evidence using public opinion and election returns data from Uttar Pradesh to show that the political and electoral behaviour of Muslims is no different from that of any other major community in the state.

Third Democratic Upsurge in Uttar Pradesh

The upcoming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh point to an electoral battle between the incumbent Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which swept the state in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. With a decline of identity politics in the state, the major political parties are trying to outdo each other in engineering alliances, reaching out to hitherto neglected, marginalised groups, under the garb of inclusive politics. Sensing an opportunity, these backward groups are turning away from their identity-based political anchors and being drawn towards parties that promise political and economic empowerment, signalling the beginning of the “third democratic upsurge” in UP.

Uttar Pradesh: Impact of Identity Politics

Just ahead of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in early 2017, this is an analysis of the identity politics that is scripting a new political paradigm in the state, undermining the focus of political parties on ideology and social justice, and transforming the Samajwadi Party, which once stood for secularism and inclusion, into a caste-based, criminalised organisation.

Shifting Political Equations in UP

A Congress-SP alliance may signal a new era in UP politics. Much depends however on how serious the Congress is about its recent overtures to Mulayam Singh.

Do It Dignity, Man!

It was the Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav and the RJD of Laloo Prasad Yadav that were responsible for the tragic denouement of the Women's Representation Bill. It is difficult to see why the left and democratic forces let these two Yadavas get away with downright feudal attitudes.

Of Rallies and Reluctant Allies

The gravest danger to the country's polity todate has been drowned in legalities and rhetorical cleverness. This is what happens when the defence of the secular polity is not understood primarily as a function of people's movements and struggles.

Political Prospects in UP

Indian national politics is believed to be largely UP-centric. Electoral outcomes in UP have an impact on political developments in the whole country. Pointers to the likely results of the elections to the UP assembly later this month from a large-scale pre-poll survey.
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