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.
Current political chill comes from deep differences. But parties are unwilling to argue them out.
Shiv Sena has toned down. But other parties have imbibed its extermist tactics
Their coming together to take on the BJP could mark the emergence of a new polity.
Rahul’s challenge is not to become party president but to make a party out of Congress.
Can our political parties manage their internal affairs democratically, viably?
The Delhi drubbing could push BJP to being a ‘normal’ party again.
Post-poll survey by Lokniti-CSDS looks into data and messages from verdict that flattened most social cleavages
Kothari’s analysis resonates with the contemporary political moment, writes Suhas Palshikar
BJP has made inroads in states where it has not historically been strong- Haryana, Maharashtra and J&K.
Lokniti-CSDS post-poll analysis shows consolidation and fragmentation of community votes.
In Maharashtra and Haryana, a BJP strategy to reshape local identities from above
By re-discovering Gandhi as only an icon of cleanliness, government has taken the first step towards dismantling his legacy.
With breakdown of alliances, artificial bipolarity of Maharashtra politics is over.
BJP’s return at the Centre has reopened the question: what constitutes the middle ground of India’s democratic politics?
Both the BJP and the Congress have helped demean the office.
The current drama must make us ask hard questions about the diminished office of Governors
Both turned poll into plebiscite, raised huge expectations.
The BJP has turned this into an election for the president of the united states of India.
The party makes a bid for Dalit vote by appropriating legacy of its icon.
Electoral victories in four states may not add up to a BJP wave in 2014.
Will Modi effect a fundamental shift in democratic politics?
Our political parties have been facing continuous assessment for the past two decades.
Survey evidence points to the importance of continuous politics,which requires parties to have a semblance of an organisation and regular activists.
Come 2014,BJP will serve each state a different Modi. There will be at least three
Rumblings in Maharashtras BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and MNS carry portents for 2014
The Advani drama is over. But for the BJP,challenging times have only just begun
Instead of collecting small victories in the shadow of impending defeats,the Congress needs to inject itself with some political adrenaline
Speeches in poor taste are not new in Maharashtra. Ajit Pawars resort to a tested strategy speaks of a deeper malaise
New strains in coalition politics may be redefining power-sharing for the future
Why this years assembly elections could be the tea leaves for 2014
NCPs shrunken options in Maharashtra will weigh heavy as he mulls his future in UPA
The failure to construct an all-India motif has led to the return of the federalism debate
Representatives are not just delegates they balance their constituencys interests with the larger public good.
Is intra-party democracy more important than the party?
What some call factionalism is actually healthy negotiation and deliberation the soul of intra-party democracy.