Blog: In Western UP, "Modi-<i>ji</i>" Triumphs Over Public Anger, Ifs And Buts

Blog: In Western UP, "Modi-ji" Triumphs Over Public Anger, Ifs And Buts

IP Bajpai | Tuesday March 12, 2019

If the BJP holds its ground here, then it is back with a bang; a minor slip and the party can still cobble together a coalition with support from outside the NDA as it stands; a big drop and the BJP could be staring at a bleak future.

Blog: The Biggest Error That This Budget Made

Blog: The Biggest Error That This Budget Made

IP Bajpai | Saturday February 02, 2019

Probably no previous Budget has tried to give so much to so many in such a short time. From farmers to drivers, domestics to handloom weavers, from the huge tribe of nomads to 3 crore middle class people, the budget has seemingly something for everyone.

Blog: Why The Exit Polls Should Not Have Congress Crowing

Blog: Why The Exit Polls Should Not Have Congress Crowing

IP Bajpai | Monday December 10, 2018

The votes are in and the exit polls are out. Not that the latter necessarily makes you any the wiser. Yes, Rajasthan continues to trend towards the Congress and KCR seems to be coming back in Telangana. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh?

Blog: BJP Vs Congress - Why It's A Close Fight In Madhya Pradesh

Blog: BJP Vs Congress - Why It's A Close Fight In Madhya Pradesh

IP Bajpai | Wednesday November 21, 2018

In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan is campaigning as if his life depends on it, but his party seems more sanguine - Prime Minister Narendra Modi is only speaking 11 times in the state compared to 21 addresses in the recent election in Karnataka and a desperate 34 in Gujarat.

Blog: In Chhattisgarh, A Jaded BJP, Leaderless Congress And Wildcard Ajit Jogi

Blog: In Chhattisgarh, A Jaded BJP, Leaderless Congress And Wildcard Ajit Jogi

IP Bajpai | Thursday November 15, 2018

Chhattisgarh elections are always a close fight. The risk of defeat in a small state could damage the Prime Minister's image nationally. Something he would not want in an election year. In Chhattisgarh, a one per cent lead in votes for the BJP has been enough to give it a credible majority in the last three elections.

Blog: US Mid-Term Elections: No One Trusts The Polls

Blog: US Mid-Term Elections: No One Trusts The Polls

IP Bajpai | Tuesday November 06, 2018

If polls were correct Hillary Clinton would be President and Donald Trump would have remained a builder. But almost all of them were completely wrong. So Donald Trump is President and Hillary Clinton is still dreaming of being President.

Blog: BJP, Stung And Bitter, Will Try To Exact Revenge In Karnataka

Blog: BJP, Stung And Bitter, Will Try To Exact Revenge In Karnataka

IP Bajpai | Monday May 21, 2018

For the BJP, all is not lost. Those who discount the Modi effect do it at their peril. He remains a very potent campaigner and can lift the party and its votes considerably. The BJP has five months to throw more goodies at the electorate including the universal medical policy before the tournament begins in Central India in November.

Blog: In Karnataka, It Appears To Be Advantage BJP

Blog: In Karnataka, It Appears To Be Advantage BJP

IP Bajpai | Monday May 14, 2018

Who has won Karnataka? The answer is nobody knows - look at the exit polls which offered totally opposing results. So much so that Times Now decided to get two polls done, just to make sure that they had it right. Of course, both polls gave different results, leaving everyone even more bemused. And then one of those polls - the one that forecast the Congress in the ...

Blog: Karnataka Election Could See Much-Needed Sizzle With Modi Rallies

Blog: Karnataka Election Could See Much-Needed Sizzle With Modi Rallies

IP Bajpai | Monday April 30, 2018

Can Prime Minister Narendra Modi cross the language barrier in Karnataka? Can his translated message have the same impact as asking Gujaratis to vote for the son of their land? Congress leaders don't think so and claim that his Hindi message will be lost in this secular and multicultural state

Blog: What Budget 2018 Means On A Day When BJP Lost Rajasthan

Blog: What Budget 2018 Means On A Day When BJP Lost Rajasthan

IP Bajpai | Thursday February 01, 2018

The BJP needs to reach out to rural India fast; the Budget offers the ideas, will they be delivered?

Blog: Why Modi Will Call The General Election For December

Blog: Why Modi Will Call The General Election For December

IP Bajpai | Wednesday January 31, 2018

It is clear that this is what the government really wants. And if the BJP wants, it can be done in 11 of the biggest 17 states without resorting to any constitutional amendment.

Blog: <i>"Padmaavat"</i> Undoes The Red Carpet Modi Just Promised The World

Blog: "Padmaavat" Undoes The Red Carpet Modi Just Promised The World

IP Bajpai | Wednesday January 24, 2018

But if any foreign investor were to arrive in India today wouldn't they ask themselves should they be investing in a country where people are rioting, burning buses and forcing businesses to close - all because of a film!

Blog: Why Should Every Anil Kumar Have My Aadhaar Data?

Blog: Why Should Every Anil Kumar Have My Aadhaar Data?

IP Bajpai | Thursday January 18, 2018

Information that can be accessed on the net can be broken into. The biggest IT companies in the world have been hacked. So security of personal information is an issue.

Blog: People Of UP Wish They Were Cows

Blog: People Of UP Wish They Were Cows

IP Bajpai | Friday December 22, 2017

In Uttar Pradesh, it is increasingly clear that it is better to be a cow than a human being.

Blog: A Detailed Guide To What Helped And Hurt Modi In Gujarat

Blog: A Detailed Guide To What Helped And Hurt Modi In Gujarat

IP Bajpai | Monday December 18, 2017

Whatever the BJP spin machine may say, falling below 100 seats was an embarrassment they could have done without. And if one looks closely at the numbers, they were only a few 1000s of votes away from losing the election.

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