The writer taught political science at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, and is chief editor of 'Studies in Indian Politics'.
Creating it was an act of audacity. Maintaining it is proving to be a daunting task
Violence at Pune, Mumbai speaks of distorted political economy, communities failed by political leaderships
BJP has gained in voteshare, widened its base among Dalits and even Muslims — but it has lost seats. The Congress has gained seats, but it has retreated among traditional supporters and the poor.
It speaks about the new Congress president. It also mirrors the level of politics, issues at stake
The proposal for simultaneous elections goes against basic principles of the parliamentary system and the Indian Constitution.
The first past the post system has served India well. Arguments for change must tread carefully.
As a society and as individuals, we are quick to succumb to the temptation of being unfree.
People, including students, do trust the armed forces. But JNU VC’s suggestion should concern us all. The broader debate may be imagined as consisting of two parts. One concerns the idea of nationalism, the other concerns the idea of the university.
If Kashmiriyat wanes, what could take its place? Amarnath yatra attack raises a grim spectre.
Farmers’ protests threaten the BJP’s rise. But local character, lack of ideological vision limit their potential.
Making its dominance official disregards history, does disservice to the cause of promoting the language
... must come sustained groundwork. But AAP is stuck in an excess of rhetoric, contradictions
That a party can induct anyone, and that anyone can join any party, speaks of a crisis of the polity
Maharashtra civic elections signal a deeper restructuring of political competition in the state
While we may have a difference of opinion on people like him, he would have brought in a lot of resources for the party.
Jayalalithaa’s departure opens up new volatility — and possibilities of political transformation
Modi, the election campaigner of 2014, seems less successful in retaining his ability to sway the elections.
Rahul Gandhi’s hyperactivity only conceals the larger malady: His party still lacks a plan.
The narrative that appears only as a faint backdrop is the politics of the Shiv Sena. The narrative of politics in the urban space is more prominent but not fully teased out.
SC’s mandating of nationalism and patriotism threatens to turn the wheel of constitutional history backwards.
She disliked plurality of politics and policy, and preferred centralisation. We continue to pay the price
M.G. Vaidya’s argument reeks of Muslim-baiting, openly canvasses for a ‘Hindu’ democracy.
Indians love political parties — and distrust them too. This presents challenges and opportunities.
Let’s welcome his castigation of gau rakshaks. But his belated statements still require scrutiny.
‘Strangeness’ of SC Arunachal verdict lies in its upholding of constitutional morality in these times.
How regional parties shape national polity will depend on their historical trajectories, specific contexts.
Four states (and one Union Territory) have produced distinctly different electoral verdicts reflecting the specificities of their politics.
‘Achhe din’ remain a mirage. On ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ BJP is making a deeper dent.
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.
Maharashtra’s social contract is fraying. Its political elites cannot comprehend, or handle, the situation.
Same theatre, new icon: Student leader appeals to a public reason that was once shaped by the Delhi chief minister.
The problem in the state is as much about politics as about procedures and institutional norms
Notwithstanding electoral setbacks, the BJP appeared poised for the politics of ideas in 2015.
His 75th birthday celebrations brought diverse politicians on the same stage. It is not surprising
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.
The statement that “almost half of lower OBCs support the NDA” does not mean that the other half is with the Grand Alliance.
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