Suhas Palshikar

The writer teaches political science at University of Pune.

Decoding the data: Upper-caste consolidation, fragmented OBCs and a tough choice
Wed, Sep 16, 2015

The election might be do-or-die for Lalu-Nitish as it could determine their futures; the stakes are much higher in the long run for Modi and the BJP.

The avoidance of debate
Mon, Aug 17, 2015

Current political chill comes from deep differences. But parties are unwilling to argue them out.

Sena’s new normal
Mon, Jul 06, 2015

Shiv Sena has toned down. But other parties have imbibed its extermist tactics

Lalu, Nitish aur Woh
Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Their coming together to take on the BJP could mark the emergence of a new polity.

Can it hit the road?
Tue, Apr 21, 2015

Rahul’s challenge is not to become party president but to make a party out of Congress.

From Congress to AAP
Fri, Mar 06, 2015

Can our political parties manage their internal affairs democratically, viably?

Checkpoint Delhi
Thu, Feb 12, 2015

The Delhi drubbing could push BJP to being a ‘normal’ party again.

Delhi Assembly Polls
An Aam Aadmi beyond social strata, a victory with a marked social profile
Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Post-poll survey by Lokniti-CSDS looks into data and messages from verdict that flattened most social cleavages

Political scientist of India
Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Kothari’s analysis resonates with the contemporary political moment, writes Suhas Palshikar

No rabbit in his hat
Wed, Dec 24, 2014

BJP has made inroads in states where it has not historically been strong- Haryana, Maharashtra and J&K.

How Maharashtra voted: Behind BJP, upper castes, OBCs and rich
Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Lokniti-CSDS post-poll analysis shows consolidation and fragmentation of community votes.

States of the party
Wed, Oct 15, 2014

In Maharashtra and Haryana, a BJP strategy to reshape local identities from above

Cleansing Gandhi of radicalism
Tue, Oct 07, 2014

By re-discovering Gandhi as only an icon of cleanliness, government has taken the first step towards dismantling his legacy.

The game is open
Wed, Oct 01, 2014

With breakdown of alliances, artificial bipolarity of Maharashtra politics is over.

By converting Hindus to Hindutva
Thu, Sep 18, 2014

BJP’s return at the Centre has reopened the question: what constitutes the middle ground of India’s democratic politics?

No leader of the opposition
Sat, Jul 26, 2014

Both the BJP and the Congress have helped demean the office.

If there were no governors
Thu, Jun 26, 2014

The current drama must make us ask hard questions about the diminished office of Governors

Modi, like Indira
Fri, Jun 06, 2014

Both turned poll into plebiscite, raised huge expectations.

Toll on the party
Tue, May 13, 2014

The BJP has turned this into an election for the president of the united states of India.

Babasaheb and BJP
Sun, Apr 27, 2014

The party makes a bid for Dalit vote by appropriating legacy of its icon.

Many a slip
Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Electoral victories in four states may not add up to a BJP wave in 2014.

Moving the middle
Fri, Nov 22, 2013

Will Modi effect a fundamental shift in democratic politics?

Polls apart
Mon, Nov 04, 2013

Our political parties have been facing ‘continuous assessment’ for the past two decades.

Why the party must go on
Fri, Oct 18, 2013

Survey evidence points to the importance of continuous politics,which requires parties to have a semblance of an organisation and regular activists.

With Modis at the helm
Tue, Jul 30, 2013

Come 2014,BJP will serve each state a different Modi. There will be at least three

A triangle of love and hate
Tue, Jul 02, 2013

Rumblings in Maharashtra’s BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and MNS carry portents for 2014

In the strongman’s shadow
Thu, Jun 13, 2013

The Advani drama is over. But for the BJP,challenging times have only just begun

A crisis of political courage
Wed, May 22, 2013

Instead of collecting small victories in the shadow of impending defeats,the Congress needs to inject itself with some political adrenaline

What the bad language signifies
Mon, Apr 22, 2013

Speeches in poor taste are not new in Maharashtra. Ajit Pawar’s resort to a tested strategy speaks of a deeper malaise

Friends like Mulayam
Thu, Apr 04, 2013

New strains in coalition politics may be redefining power-sharing for the future

Sum of states
Fri, Mar 08, 2013

Why this year’s assembly elections could be the tea leaves for 2014

The limits of Pawar
Mon, Jul 23, 2012

NCP’s shrunken options in Maharashtra will weigh heavy as he mulls his future in UPA

Old stage,new players
Thu, Apr 26, 2012

The failure to construct an all-India motif has led to the return of the federalism debate

Why the right to recall is flawed
Wed, Sep 14, 2011

Representatives are not just delegates — they balance their constituency’s interests with the larger public good.

By the ballot alone
Sat, Aug 06, 2011

Is intra-party democracy more important than the party?

Party gamesmanship
Thu, Jun 30, 2011

What some call ‘factionalism’ is actually healthy negotiation and deliberation — the soul of intra-party democracy.