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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.

Moving Backwards

Given the level of socio-economic development of the majority Meitei community and their political domination of the state of Manipur, their demand to be classified as a scheduled tribe is absurd. It is inconsistent with the very idea of scheduling of tribes as envisaged in the constitution and the principle of positive discrimination.

Fragmented Politics in Tamil Nadu

2014 elections in Tamil Nadu is a point of no return for the Congress much like the 1967 general elections. But consolidation of the OBCs that led to the DMK’s emergence is now over and the fragmentation in the socio-political sense has thrown the field wide open to a radical realignment of forces.

The peasant path for a landlord's party

Following on the surprise victory in the Rajasthan assembly elections, the National Unionist Zamindara Party is betting big on its prospects in the Lok Sabha Elections by eating into the Left’s vote bank. Money power coupled with the broad basing of backward classes is keeping the conversation going about Rajasthan’s newest entrant into electoral politics.

Uttar Pradesh: Competitive Communalism Once Again

Uttar Pradesh, a key state in the race for power in New Delhi, is witnessing a resurgence of communal politics after a brief lull in the early 2000s. While the Samajwadi Party’s attempts to win back Muslim support seem to have hit a roadblock after the Muzaffarnagar riots, the Bharatiya Janata Party hopes to revive its earlier appeal by promoting Narendra Modi and the Hindutva agenda. Though the earlier weakening of identity politics was expected to bring in a development-oriented politics, the state remains underdeveloped and caught between political parties that still play the same old electoral cards of division and promotion of strife.

Playing Politics

Outraged by Jayalalithaa’s decision to release former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins on the eve of general elections, the Congress-led central government has challenged the order in the Supreme Court. Looking beyond political reasons underlying the Tamil Nadu government’s decision, the key question to ask is whether the chief minister has the power to release the convicts without the approval of the central government.

Comrades No More

This editorial was published in the April 4, 1964 issue of Economic Weekly. This was the year the Communist Party split into two factions - CPI and CPI (Marxist) - over ideological differences. Arthur Koestler was wrong: the ultimate battle will not be between the communists and the ex-communists...

Tribal Autonomy Undermined

The central and state governments have failed to implement the provisions of the Fifth Schedule, both in letter and spirit, as envisaged in the Indian constitution. Instead, the indifferent and callous attitude of the various political dispensations has led to marginalisation of the rights and autonomy of the tribal communities residing in areas governed by the Fifth schedule.

Gandhi-Ambedkar Interface

Gandhian and Ambedkarian discourses are not antithetical. Both are concerned with the issue of emancipation. At present when the legitimacy of the emancipatory discourse is being challenged and the dominant discourse upholds capitalism, it is all the more essential to broaden the scope of Gandhian and Ambedkarian discourses.

The Case of Falling Walls

The city of Rampur with its rich architectural and cultural history lies in a state of deep neglect. Any plans for urban development and beautification of the city should ensure its rich heritage is preserved and not lost due to ill-conceived policies and vacuous politics.

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