Arvind Kejriwal knows this which is why he was so keen to distance himself from the anti-CAA protests. That is why he is so anxious to tell Delhi that he can recite the Hanuman Chalisa. It is an acknowledgement that thanks to WhatsApp University, every battle will now be fought in the arena constructed by the BJP.
The founding premise of the CAB is that, unlike in the case of Hindus, India is not the natural home of Muslims. It is a thinly-veiled message that Muslims who chose India over Pakistan will be tolerated, but this is not their land.
PM Modi instinctively understands that those affected by the domain of GDP don't vote. Many amongst them are traditional BJP voters and will not switch even if they face economic hardships.
It is not Rahul Gandhi who is a liability for the Congress, it is the Congress party which is a liability for Rahul.
On a once-busy highway, a clever dhaba-owner sat swatting flies, waiting for that rare trucker. Ever since they had built a bypass, his business had dropped sharply. He had some leftover aloo-gobhi in his fridge, there was some stale paneer masala and a pan of three-day-old dum aloo. Everything was in progressive stages of decay.
The Modi government needs to judiciously spend money to generate demand directly. It cannot be left to corporate India to decide.
Ravish's success as a seeker and an advocate of truth and the reason for his huge win today with the Magsaysay Award.
Do India's poor really want an enabling economic environment where they can compete for jobs? My answer is - no, they don't.
The Congress could have had a fighting chance of winning a couple of seats if it had agreed to a tie-up with AAP. But it appears to have decided to play the long game. An alliance with AAP would have ensured Arvind Kejriwal gets a voice inside parliament. The Congress would rather eat into his votes than give the Kejriwal cult another lease of life.
Since 2004, Amethi has been Rahul Gandhi's nursery: the seat from where the Congress party has been nurturing its plans for him to become PM.
The bigger question is what was the PM trying to achieve? In terms of electoral dividends, the address to the nation was an anti-climax. It raised expectations but delivered very little. If it was intended to seize the agenda back from Rahul Gandhi's NYAY, it was unlikely to work in rural India. Even the urban voter, who opinion polls show care more about jobs and pri...
The truth is that Priyanka and Rahul are wasted on UP. The Congress needs about 120-130 seats to be able to lead a multi-party coalition government at the centre. And it doesn't need UP for that.
The three opinion polls that ran on TV channels yesterday said that the NDA will be within striking distance of a majority. However, the numbers were not significantly different from the polls done in January before the airstrikes inside Pakistan.
There's no parallel between Indira Gandhi's wave election in 1971 and the coming Lok Sabha polls. Indira was riding on economic populism, Modi is trying to capitalise on anti-Pakistan nationalist fervour. Will war clouds on the western front help him tide over the bad news coming daily on the economic front? If he manages to pull it off, he would have written a brand ...