Suhas Palshikar

The writer teaches political science at University of Pune.

What upsets PM Narendra Modi
Tue, Aug 09, 2016

Let’s welcome his castigation of gau rakshaks. But his belated statements still require scrutiny.

Strange, said the BJP
Fri, Jul 15, 2016

‘Strangeness’ of SC Arunachal verdict lies in its upholding of constitutional morality in these times.

States of politics
Thu, Jun 16, 2016

How regional parties shape national polity will depend on their historical trajectories, specific contexts.

Lokniti-CSDS post-poll analysis: Record Hindu swing in Assam, Cong in decline, states rising
Sat, May 21, 2016

Four states (and one Union Territory) have produced distinctly different electoral verdicts reflecting the specificities of their politics.

Two years, two promises
Mon, May 16, 2016

‘Achhe din’ remain a mirage. On ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ BJP is making a deeper dent.

The Other Satyagraha
Sat, May 14, 2016

In the context of Ambedkarite politics and ideas, Anand Teltumbde shows how the Mahad conferences in 1927 wrested control of the movement from caste Hindus in favour of Dalits.

Cracks in a state
Tue, May 03, 2016

Maharashtra’s social contract is fraying. Its political elites cannot comprehend, or handle, the situation.

Kanhaiya & Kejriwal
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

Same theatre, new icon: Student leader appeals to a public reason that was once shaped by the Delhi chief minister.

Arunachal’s double crisis
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

The problem in the state is as much about politics as about procedures and institutional norms

Lose some, win more
Thu, Dec 31, 2015

Notwithstanding electoral setbacks, the BJP appeared poised for the politics of ideas in 2015.

Pawar grid
Fri, Dec 18, 2015

His 75th birthday celebrations brought diverse politicians on the same stage. It is not surprising

Bihar post-poll survey: Voters had better image of Bihar than PM Modi painted
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

Data from the Lokniti-CSDS survey for The Indian Express shows that what defined this moment went beyond electoral mathematics and mere alliance chemistry and was, in fact, embedded in hard politics.

Lokniti-CSDS stands by Bihar pre-poll survey, says NDA is ‘definitely ahead of the Grand Alliance’
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

The statement that “almost half of lower OBCs support the NDA” does not mean that the other half is with the Grand Alliance.

Bihar pre-poll survey: Advantage BJP as state gets ready for elections
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

BJP-led alliance poised for 4% lead over Nitish Grand Alliance, survey shows; surge in urban areas

Advantage NDA as Bihar gets ready: Lokniti-CSDS pre-poll survey
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

BJP-led alliance poised for 4% lead over Nitish Grand Alliance, survey shows; surge in urban areas

In Bihar, caste comes across as more relevant than last time but development still comes first
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

While development and related concerns are still the main issues in Bihar elections, caste and community considerations too remain relevant.

30 seats, 2,079 respondents: How Lokniti survey was done
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

Field investigators asked the respondents, face to face, a detailed set of questions which could take up to 20-25 minutes. The achieved sample largely matches the actual demographic profile of the population in Bihar.

Just behind on personal appeal, PM Modi has an edge in New Delhi
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

A victory in Bihar next month may again tempt many to conclude that it was nothing but Modi that tilted the scales in the NDA’s favour.

Three reasons why Nitish Kumar lost half his charm in five years
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

No other leader in Bihar comes close to Nitish Kumar as the choice for chief minister.

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