Like any shrewd leader, the Prime Minister knows not to waste a crisis. So last night, he rolled out reforms in their umpteenth avatar, without revealing any detail whatsoever. After Make in India, Stand-up India, Skilled India, Start-up India, and no doubt a few others that are beyond my powers of recall, we now have the classic Self-Reliant India.
The Modi Government seems unable or unwilling to unleash the full array of financial and administrative resources within its remit that is necessary to win this fight. Or maybe it just doesn't know how?
He did learn from his father's mistakes, the failed attempt to launch a third party in the bipolar polity of Madhya Pradesh in 1996, and probably this is reflected in his choice to join the BJP instead of launching an independent outfit like some expected.
By all accounts, this was a 'Modi for PM and Kejriwal for CM' election. In a Lok Sabha election, the floating vote in Delhi is still likely to vote for Modi. Kejriwal had no challenger at the state-level and Modi has none at the national-level. At least thus far.
The stakes as always high in a Delhi election as the national capital is at the very least a microcosm for North India. For the BJP, it is chance to gain revenge for the humiliation of 2015 and gain electoral legitimacy for their CAA gambit.
Modi-Shah's default response to any mistake or miscalculation is to pretend it's all the opposition's fault and barrel through with a mixture of propaganda and brute strength. However, this, they have unwittingly roused a people's movement of vast size and a sense of belief that can match Hindutva on its best day.
To be Indian is to be proud of your past but also free from it. We are far from making this ideal a living reality for every Indian but the journey must continue and we must be prepared to fight to protect our hard-won freedoms.
Honestly, if Prime Minister Modi is able to replicate or even surpass his 2014 triumph, it will be a major milestone in our political history.
The 2014 elections were held in a context impossible to replicate with Modi being the perfect candidate in the perfect electoral circumstance promising the moon to receptive voters and gaining a record majority for his efforts.
Two stages of the election down and way too many to go. India's never-ending election campaign continues into the cauldron of summer. It's a bit strange that the extended general election schedule is moving at snail's pace while the media is covering it with manic minute-by-minute and tweet-by-tweet intensity.
Taking into account their extremely antagonistic history, the chances of an electoral alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would normally be somewhere between zero and none. However, in the post-Balakot political scenario, both parties, with more than a little coaxing from other opposition leaders, have managed to put past slights aside for the ...
Is this going to be another election dominated by the aura of Narendra Modi's personality or will it be more a state-by-state result determined by the localised strengths of regional parties?
The first day of February in Delhi brought with it the first hint of spring as well as the Union Budget, and a flurry of crucial by-election reverses that raise serious questions about the electoral health of the BJP. That the counting day for the by-elections happened to coincide with the Budget was Im sure nothing but an innocent coincidence. After all, why would th...
Arvind Kejriwal has responded to the Election Commission in a low-key and mature manner that has been appreciated by many opposition leaders who have been wary of AAP's volatility in the past.
Politics is a ruthless business, a lesson that Kumar Vishwas learnt to his cost this week.