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  • Opinion: UP Rejects Minority Appeasement, Fake Secularism
    Mohandas Pai
    The massive victory of the BJP in UP has many lessons for India's political parties. A great majority of the voters are below the age of 40 and their world view is largely shaped by the heady growth in GDP of 8.4% in $ terms per annum over 25 years. They want growth, development and jobs, not caste politics, Mulayam and Lalu's brand of crony social...
    Opinion
  • Blog: Why Parrikar's Goa Return Is Essential For BJP
    Tejas Mehta
    What bewilders many is why any Defence Minister would give up the powerful Number 4 position in the central government to return as Chief Minister of a state not seen as politically significant.
    Blog
  • Blog: Next UP Chief Minister? Intelligence Bureau Checks Done
    Rahul Shrivastava
    The resounding win in UP is not a full stop in the BJP's political effort in the crucial state but just a comma. If the party has risen to the top from spot 3 by winning over diverse caste groups to lay the foundation for the general election in 2019, the real test starts now.
    Blog
  • Opinion: What Modi Has Mastered That Others Haven't - As Yet
    Ashok Malik
    The BJP's success owes much to the rainbow coalition it built of the upper castes and urban middle classes, the non-Yadav OBCs and sections of Dalits. The BJP has done this before: in the early 1990s, under the leadership of Kalyan Singh;a broad coalition was stitched together then in the context of the emotive Ayodhya movement.
    Opinion
  • Opinion: So In 2019, It Will Be Modi Versus The Rest
    Chandan Mitra
    The spectacular victory of the BJP in the present round of assembly elections has raised existential questions for several of its opponents.
    Opinion
  • Opinion: AAP Has Been Defeated Before. We Will Recover For Gujarat
    Ashutosh
    I know analysts will be ruthless in their assessment about AAP. Criticism is most welcome. But I want to say with all the humbleness at my command that AAP is here to stay in Indian politics. Those who think that AAP's future is bleak are going to be proven wrong again.
    Opinion
  • Opinion: How Amit Shah Won Uttar Pradesh For Modi
    Rana Ayyub
    Today, much against expectation and the media rhetoric around me, I would like to place the crown firmly on Amit Shah's head for leading the BJP to one of its most iconic victories in Uttar Pradesh, a mandate that even surpasses the one given to Kalyan Singh in 1991.
    Opinion
  • Blog: The Reasons For Modi Being Stronger Than Ever
    IP Bajpai
    On this day, Narendra Modi coloured the Ganga from source to Varanasi in saffron in an astonishing victory that recalls the sweep of the 2014 general election and clearly allows the BJP to set the political agenda until the next general election in 2019 without much opposition.
    Blog
  • Opinion: 3 Big Take-Aways From BJP's Uttar Pradesh Triumph
    Mihir Swarup Sharma
    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...
    Opinion
  • Blog: Modi-Amit Shah's Caste Experiment In Uttar Pradesh
    Rahul Shrivastava
    I recall on Sunday, March 5, the "Modi-Modi" chant at Varanasi's Pandeypur from a sea of saffron-capped heads wasn't abating. Every minute, in groups, people with BJP flags in their hands would join the swelling gathering. The BJP had prepared for the PM's Road Show Number Two in Varanasi in as many days. Campaigning was to end the next day.
    Blog
  • Blog: Exit Polls May Prove Wrong - But On Modi, They're Clear
    IP Bajpai
    Whatever else the exit polls may or may not say, they do confirm the big election story - that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has almost single-handedly lifted the BJP in Uttar Pradesh from the depths of despair to one where they are predicted to win outright or at least emerge as the largest single party.
    Blog
  • Opinion: For Modi, A Tip On Aiming For The Nobel Prize
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    If Modi wants a Nobel, perhaps he had better put Colombia on his charged travel schedule!
    Opinion
  • Opinion: Indians' American Dream Shattered By Xenophobia-Fueled Shootings
    The Washington Post
    In at least two recent shootings, in Kansas and suburban Seattle, it was motive enough for the gunmen that the victims appeared foreign.
    Opinion
  • Opinion: Exit Polls Show Modi On A Congress-<i>Mukt</i> Roll
    Mihir Swarup Sharma
    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.
    Opinion
  • Opinion: The Many Disturbing Sides And Faces Of #Suchileaks
    Raja Sen
    Over the last week, Suchitra - or at least her Twitter account @SuchitraKarthik (with over 5,00,000 followers) - claimed to expose a casting couch nexus and the way Tamil film producers prey on young actresses.
    Opinion

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