June 7, 2019

June 7, 2019

Issue Articles

How India's Media Landscape Changed Over Five Years

Mainstream media was delegitimised over the past five years by the BJP government. Co-option and self-censorship by this media have followed. Alongside, the use of social media has grown hugely, making the likes of Whatsapp powerful weapons in elections.

Revisiting the EVM Hacking Story

It has now been revealed that one EVM supplier has been using chips that can be reprogrammed. While this still does not mean that hacking an EVM is easy, the issue of securing public confidence for EVMs remains. A proposal that could do so is made here.

Electoral Choices of Govindan the Carpenter

If you belonged neither to the rich nor poor nor the middle class, but to the aspiring artisanal entrepreneur strata, what factors would have influenced your voting decision? Speculations on Govindan the carpenter in Chennai.

Populism Plus

The Narendra Modi triumph has been built on two projects: one, the representation of Modi as the unquestioned populist leader who could be trusted to defend the nation’s security, and two, the long-term project of a nationalism defined by the Hindu majority.

Election Campaigning in a Transformed India

The Lok Sabha elections of 2019 are being held in a country that is very different from what it was in 2009 and 2014. What are political parties offering the new electorate? What will the outcome reveal of the transformation that has taken place?

The Cultural Politics of Proxy-Voting in Nagaland

Nagaland’s voter turnouts are often the highest in the country, and it may be so this time around as well. But why was the citizenry of Nagaland so keen to vote for their lone, largely ineffectual representative in the Lok Sabha?

No confusion: Modi’s campaign is complex, layered and carefully crafted

The Narendra Modi campaign has orchestrated several motifs and hooks through each phase of the election, each tailored for each region while the recurrent theme has been muscular nationalism.

Forum/Letters

Indo-US Nuclear Deal

Beyond Nuclear Issues
The article on the Indo-US nuclear deal (“A Decade After the Nuclear Deal” by Prerna Gupta and MV Ramana, 3...

Ease of Doing Business for Industrial Growth

Inadequate Critique
I accept that one of the components of the “Make in India” programme was improving the Ease of Doing Business...

Forum: On Employment Generation

Job Creation in the MSME Sector
  Jeemol Unni, Ahmedabad University One encouraging outcome of the recent controversy on estimates of employment is that it has shifted the...
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