Modi was defensive, the party was desperate and its leaders panicky. After Delhi and Bihar, Gujarat was one election where it was assumed that Modi could lose. But the end result finally disappointed all those who had dreamt that Modi would be defeated in his own burrow.
Step by step, China has been rolling out surveillance technology that is remarkably intrusive, comprehensive and ubiquitous. Eager to exploit gains in technology, Beijing seems little concerned about human rights or privacy violations.
"White men saving brown women from brown men" wrote feminist scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in her seminal work "Can The Subaltern Speak?" What Spivak wrote in context of the larger colonial narrative, can be tweaked to reflect what's going on with the issue of Triple Talaq in India. It's a case of "Hindu men are saving Muslim women from...
While all this campaign chaos was ensuing on the air waves, a most extraordinary metamorphosis was taking place in Rahul Gandhi. Gone was the uncertain, fidgety scion of the past decade; in his place was a leader who spoke in tones of calm reassurance with a slower cadence.
To hold the party together means having to deal with the reality that Rahul Gandhi is in charge. And while Gandhi is certainly not the idiot he's been portrayed as being, he's far from being a natural politician.
It does not behove a prime minister, who has taken an oath to uphold the highest principles and ideals of the Indian constitution, to utter falsehoods and twist his political opponents' remarks to convey an impression that they are anti-nationals, traitors, and stooges of the "enemy" nation Pakistan.