Vandita Mishra


Vandita is The Indian Express National Opinion Editor

Opposition still licks wounds, BJP has cracks within
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

The New Lucknow, Part 4: In the eight months of the Yogi government, SP is tongue-tied, the whir of BSP's formidable party machine, which prepares for polls so meticulously, is barely noticeable among the people, on issues of governance.

Aadhaar to NCERT: Madrasas and the new normal
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

The New Lucknow, Part 3: For long, cover of secularism was used as an excuse for neglecting madrasas, now govt harsh light casts a shadow

How cow crackdown in Uttar Pradesh feeds old fears and fuels new anger
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

The New Lucknow, Part 2: As Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath hits the road for civic polls, The Indian Express travels across the state to track the change he’s brought.

Yogi Adityanath govt’s carrots are few, it’s the stick that’s seen and heard
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

The New Lucknow, Part 1: Eight months on, in the mirror of the ongoing campaign for urban local body polls beginning this week, the delivering state is yet to be seen but it’s the disallowing state that’s making itself heard in UP.

The father, the son and the ally
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

It’s not about corruption, contradictions, or the Centre. Lalu bastion Raghopur’s sense of betrayal regarding Nitish comes from that fleeting promise of development.

Nitish back in NDA: In embrace this time, BJP has the upper hand
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

By breaking with Lalu, and joining hands with BJP again, Nitish could be trying to break the stasis, regain room for manoeuvre in his government - Modi is the domineering presence in the BJP today but the state BJP continues to lack a leader of Lalu’s stature — while counting on Central assistance to help get things moving in Bihar again.

Why results in Uttar Pradesh signals new politics, and a new voter
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

UP is seen as — and it sees itself as — India’s heartland. All the main faultlines of India’s politics, along the axes of caste, class and community, are etched here.

Akhilesh Yadav interview – ‘If jaat-dharam wins, we’ll have to ask: why build expressway?’
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

UP chief minister and SP chief on the CM vs PM clash, alliance with Congress and the power of political messaging. Excerpts from a conversation on the last day of campaigning.

Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017: On noteban, voters swayed more by spin than argument, says Akhilesh Yadav
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

The BJP would have been “wiped out” in UP had Prime Minister Narendra Modi not campaigned, Akhilesh says.

UP elections 2017: In Varanasi, Congress has straws to clutch but is adrift elsewhere
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

The Varanasi Congress may appear to be clutching at straws, but by all accounts, it is better placed than its party in most places in UP.

Cashing his notebandi currency, UP’s wish for badlav, Modi lifts himself above the fray
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

UP elections 2017: Modi’s BJP is also capturing the yearning for “badlav” and “parivartan” (change) — in this, it is helped by its decision not to project a frayed or closer-to-home CM candidate.

UP Assembly polls 2017: For Mayawati, getting Muslims is the answer but they ask questions
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Mayawati, at her rally in Gorakhpur on Sunday, reiterated her main message of a strong and firm administration.

Anti-incumbency in Punjab: Akali roads fail to bridge the distance
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

What bothers the voter in spite of new infrastructure, from local power networks in villages to growth priorities in towns and cities.

How the Punjab contest has gone triangular
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

NRI enthusiasm, candidate freshness and what else AAP introduces to an election traditionally fought between Cong and SAD-BJP.

The father, the son and a spirit
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

Netaji may be old now, it is also said, but he hasn’t forgotten the names of people, or the way to their village — that is how he built the party, brick by brick.

Lucknow shift: Why father will remain Netaji but son is the neta
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

As the political family drama in the SP turns and twists every day, distance between two houses is being measured every day and party leaders are calibrating their positions accordingly.

Meeting Mohammad Shahabuddin: What his release means in a Bihar trying to find its feet
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

The don who ruled Siwan with fear, whose clout remains undimmed after 11 years  of jail, is out and has already stirred Bihar’s politics. Vandita Mishra meets him in Siwan

Prohibition, grievance law: Nitish looks at Bihar & beyond
Sat, May 07, 2016

Nitish is being seen as the prime mover, in partnership with the Congress and Left, in forging a national alliance to take on the BJP.

Bihar is our base…After me and Nitish, it is these boys: Lalu Yadav
Sat, May 07, 2016

Within the Mahagathbandhan, RJD chief Lalu Prasad is the more keenly tracked partner, and his son, Tejashwi, a first time MLA and deputy chief minister in the Nitish government, is increasingly being seen as an important stakeholder in, even guarantor of, the alliance's stability.

Why in working formula, Lalu Yadav is stay-at-home dad in Patna
Sat, May 07, 2016

At a moment when Nitish Kumar looks out at the larger political horizon, his old rival and competitor Lalu Yadav is being cast in the role of stay-at-home dad.