Unlike the Congress when it was in power, the BJP understands the power of narrative - and the power of deflection. The Congress chose to weakly defend its record of governance, instead of changing the subject massively. The BJP, clearly, has no such intention.
There is something pathological about how we report and respond to news these days. Whatever may have happened, even if relatively routine and predictable, is presented as one of three or four narratives, mostly to do with Narendra Modi.
Is Arvind Kejriwals dream dead? Perhaps. That is certainly one big possibility when one looks at the results being declared of by-elections across India. But before that, you have to ignore the rest of the noise.
Choosing the direction of his government is entirely Adityanath's prerogative. If he believes that it should be oriented towards the three traditional Hindutva concerns - Ram, Cow and Muslim - then he has every right to push it in that direction, subject, of course, to the checks on executive authority that the constitution provides. Who knows? A g...
What was the Congress thinking? That state governors are still 10 Janpath appointees instead of coming from Nagpur and Ashoka Road? It still has the entitled lethargy it displayed in government, and none of the hunger that a party that has practically no governments to its name should display.
Here's the big picture: Modi and Shah can celebrate. UP can perhaps look forward to what it has long lacked: co-ordination between state and central governments to solve development problems. In 2019, Modi will start with a giant head start. But he will also, for the first time be playing defence, with no state governments or Congress to blame. Let...
Of course, these polls will be forgotten once the real results start coming in on Saturday. But nothing that they have revealed dents the meta-narrative that has been true for months, even years, now: that Narendra Modi is proceeding swiftly, with assistance from the AAP, towards his long-term goal of a Congress-mukt Bharat.
There is only one way to evaluate policy in Narendra Modi's India: how many patriotic WhatsApp messages can it spawn? By that yardstick at least, his government's fourth budget is a tremendous success.
Two months into Narendra Modi's demonetisation, the Opposition looks like it is still flailing for a response - at least in the short term. Speaking at the giant rally in Lucknow that revitalised his party's campaign, the Prime Minister wasn't shy about repeating the virtues of note-bandi, as he saw them: it was, he said a transfer from the corrupt...
In the end, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on New Year's Eve was not exactly the stuff of what history is made. It could be seen as any of three things: an admission of defeat; a declaration of war; or a pivot to populism. Or, perhaps, it's best understood as a combination of all three.
The other "efficient Chief Ministers" who are widely praised - whether Nitish Kumar or, yes, Narendra Modi - simply follow in her footsteps. They too adopted this authoritarian model, with all its flaws and benefits.