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Suhas Palshikar

The writer taught political science at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, and is chief editor of 'Studies in Indian Politics'.

Do we want to keep the Republic?
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Creating it was an act of audacity. Maintaining it is proving to be a daunting task

Caste adrift
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Violence at Pune, Mumbai speaks of distorted political economy, communities failed by political leaderships

Decoding the BJP’s victories: Trends of continuity with some significant change
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

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.

Lampooning Rahul
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

It speaks about the new Congress president. It also mirrors the level of politics, issues at stake

Polls apart
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

The proposal for simultaneous elections goes against basic principles of the parliamentary system and the Indian Constitution.

The mandate, the mirror
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

The first past the post system has served India well. Arguments for change must tread carefully.

Where freedom has gone
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

As a society and as individuals, we are quick to succumb to the temptation of being unfree.

Tank or no tank
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

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.

A vacuum in the Valley
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

If Kashmiriyat wanes, what could take its place? Amarnath yatra attack raises a grim spectre.

If the fury fragments
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Farmers’ protests threaten the BJP’s rise. But local character, lack of ideological vision limit their potential.

The Hindi imposition
Thu, May 04, 2017

Making its dominance official disregards history, does disservice to the cause of promoting the language

After the meteoric rise
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

... must come sustained groundwork. But AAP is stuck in an excess of rhetoric, contradictions

When BJP equals Congress
Fri, Mar 31, 2017

That a party can induct anyone, and that anyone can join any party, speaks of a crisis of the polity

BJP versus who
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

Maharashtra civic elections signal a deeper restructuring of political competition in the state

‘BJP win not surprising, NCP didn’t have much of a chance anyway’
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

While we may have a difference of opinion on people like him, he would have brought in a lot of resources for the party.

The Tamil crucible
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Jayalalithaa’s departure opens up new volatility — and possibilities of political transformation

BJP plus and minus
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

Modi, the election campaigner of 2014, seems less successful in retaining his ability to sway the elections.

Signifying nothing
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

Rahul Gandhi’s hyperactivity only conceals the larger malady: His party still lacks a plan.

Women at work, adjust please
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

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.

Citizens into subjects
Fri, Dec 02, 2016

SC’s mandating of nationalism and patriotism threatens to turn the wheel of constitutional history backwards.

In Indira’s India
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

She disliked plurality of politics and policy, and preferred centralisation. We continue to pay the price

Disenfranchising The ‘Other’
Thu, Nov 03, 2016

M.G. Vaidya’s argument reeks of Muslim-baiting, openly canvasses for a ‘Hindu’ democracy.

Have a good party
Mon, Oct 24, 2016

Indians love political parties — and distrust them too. This presents challenges and opportunities.

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.