Suhas Palshikar

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

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.

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.