Vandita is The Indian Express National Opinion Editor
Arhar dal to khichdi, cow to quota, ‘jungle raj’ to vikas vote. Vandita Mishra lists the A to Z of one of India’s most watched polls.
BJP chief Amit Shah may have misunderstood the nature of the political opportunity for the Modi-led party in Bihar
In Lalu's stronghold, his ally's governance record could be a stronger factor in consolidating backward caste support for the Mahagathbandhan than insecurities stoked by opponent Bhagwat
Here, Nitish is damned by faint praise, there is an overriding fear of Lalu and unease with the policy of backward caste reservations
For both camps, it’s Shahabuddin who matters in Siwan; his former ‘shooter’ faces his current ‘choice’.
That’s how poll talk begins before it touches on the price of dal, asks why Lalu, shows a new Nitish vote bank — and pits Modi 2014 vs Modi 2015.
A swayamsevak who trained and worked as a molecular biologist until he joined the BJP, Chauthaiwale heads its foreign policy department.
The schoolgirls of Pipalda were demanding more teachers and said they would call off their demonstration only if the 'shiksha mantri' himself gave them a hearing.
The schoolgirls said they would call off their demonstration only if the 'shiksha mantri' himself gave them a hearing,
A room in 7 Strand Road, Patna, is the nerve centre of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s election campaign. This is where a core team is working on a strategy that is focused on Brand Nitish, without the distractions of party and ideology.
The ambitious campaign, designed by team that worked for Narendra Modi, will kick off on July 2, simultaneously from 10,000 locations in Bihar.
Civil society raised hopes only to disappoint...(it’s) the judiciary (that) is more responsible than the others, says BJP veteran L K Advani.
Ahead of the 40th anniversary of the imposition of the Emergency on June 25, L K Advani remembers it as the crime that has not yet been confessed to.
MJ Akbar turns a merciless eye on those in power, except when he looks at Modi.
Ram Madhav talks about the challenges of a PDP-BJP govt in J&K, the RSS ‘role’, L K Advani’s position in the party, and BJP’s focus on eastern India.
Mahkar's gains have sparked some envy, even resentment, in this area of deprivation.
Yogendra Yadav and Adarsh Shastri talk about why their sweeping victory is a sign of changing politics and about AAP’s future plans.
Nitish Kumar, looking to come back as Bihar CM with today's trust vote, discusses Manjhi, Modi and Kejriwal.
Nitish claims the support not just of the Janata Parivar, but also of other opposition parties.
Kejriwal has surged ahead, filling up Congress space in Delhi. Can Congress still pick up the pieces?
Here, Congress candidates are serial winners and larger-than-life figures with established patronage networks.
Between those who say they will vote for the Aam Aadmi Party — and the rest.
This mix of second-hand gossip and first-hand conspiracy theories tells you zilch about Verdict 2014
Those who met the PM Narendra Modi at the Raj Bhawan were 'the elite'.
PM meets delegations of hoteliers, houseboat owners, fruit growers; some want Assembly polls delayed.
FLOOD WRIT LARGE: Could be moment for Naya Kashmir, Naya Modi: Mehbooba.
Signalling separate course, Modi promises that the BJP will give “a good number of tickets to Muslims” in next year’s Assembly elections.
For now, he has reason to smile. But does Nitish model need rescuing from Nitish?
Lok Sabha polls weren’t about Nitish but bypolls are, voters say. However, tie-up with Lalu is a problem.
Nitish-Lalu-Congress campaign’s message and hype are all about uniting the forces of “samajik nyaya (social justice)” and “secularism” to combat Modi.
Bypolls : Lalu talks of Modi ‘jinx’: ‘house collapse, Munde death’; Nitish smiles as chhota bhai
Now, the young party is roiled by yet more internal disturbance and this time it is playing out in the open.
That’s the poll tone in western UP: you hear it in Hindu-Muslim divide, in Modi’s silence.
In SP bastion, BSP banks on Muslim unease but finds Jatavs swayed by Modi story.
What is the impact of the Muzaffarnagar riots?
Masood, who was apparently speaking in the context of the riots, also appears to be using a cuss word for Modi, as his audience cheers.
These are the voices of the epic’s female characters, some of them legendary, others known but not much heard from, yet others dimly glimpsed but so far unnamed, and some few invented to bridge lacunae in the narrative.