Nitish Kumar's New Innings: What's in it for Bihar?
Nitish Kumar has had no inhibitions in swapping allies in order to remain atop Bihar as 'Mr Good Governance'. But can he reverse the rot in the state?
What Went Wrong with the Samajwadi Party and What Should it do Now?
Akhilesh Yadav and the SP have paid the price for going into a shell after the 2017 defeat in the Uttar Pradesh elections. The party needs to be on the streets as it used to earlier and it needs to…
The End of a Political Model in Uttar Pradesh
The BSP’s strategy of combining a core base with moneyed candidates no longer works in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP has crafted a new winning formula that uses only elements of this old model.
Seven Medallists at Tokyo, Seven Hundred Crowd the Podium
The Indian athletes at Tokyo gave it all they could but a familiar ugliness has surfaced after the event. Officials, politicians, and sponsors are jumping on to the bandwagon of the medallists, while…
The Politics of Language in Assam
Language has been at the heart of political debate in Assam since the formation of the British colonial province of Assam in 1874, then through the turbulent decades leading to Independence, the…
The Fault Lines in Tamil Nadu that the DMK Now Has to Confront
The DMK faces new challenges in expanding social justice alongside economic modernisation: internal fault lines have emerged in the form of cracks in the Dravidian coalition of lower castes and there…
West Bengal's Verdict in 2021
The BJP’s failure to wrest West Bengal is a vote against the centre, as well as a sign the TMC’s welfare programmes gained the incumbent support from sections that had earlier moved over to the…
The Implications of the Left Victory in Kerala
The LDF’s return to power in Kerala was on the back of its creditable response to emergencies and its quality of governance. The unprecedented second term signals the emergence of a new kind of…
Historical Roots of the Rise of Hindutva in West Bengal
For a century, Hindu organisations have worked amongst Dalits in Bengal to incorporate them into the religious community, while the Left excised the question of caste from its discourse. These…
Brand India and the Making of a New Citizenry
Branding projects to make India appear open for global business has entailed the production of an exclusionary image of the nation and a rewriting of the contract between citizens and state.