Ravish Tiwari

Articles By Ravish Tiwari

After tri-state loss, BJP gets new talking points for Lok Sabha election campaign

BJP leaders present in Parliament House suggested that announcements related to farmers and middle-class would add to their talking points of the 10 per cent quota and the government’s readiness to release the land around the disputed Ayodhya site.

After Babri Masjid demolition: Can the Ram Temple swing voters?

Ayodhya gave BJP its big issue. It has delivered to an extent, but it has had to compete with other narratives.

UP-turn: The Arithmetic and Chemistry of SP-BSP alliance

On paper, the maths is in favour of the SP-BSP alliance. But will Battle Uttar Pradesh 2019 be only about maths, or also the proved chemistry of Modi? And will Priyanka Gandhi Vadra dent either of the two? The Indian Express travels through 11 Lok Sabha constituencies to find out.

Priyanka in charge: On day one, decision yet to sink in outside family boroughs

With their usual rustic banter about each other’s choice of party, the group of farmers did not get drawn to repeated attempts to factor in Priyanka’s new electoral role.

The story of the Guest House

What was the infamous incident that took place in Lucknow 24 years ago that turned the SP and BSP into sworn enemies, seemingly to never come together again? Why has that situation changed now?

Why 10% quota to EWS opens new front, many possibilities in run-up to LS polls

The move appears to be an attempt by the BJP to open fresh opportunities given the re-energised Opposition. In particular, it signals a bid to wrest control of the pre-poll narrative and throw the Opposition off balance.

Eyes on polls, Cabinet approves 10% quota for ‘economically weaker’ General category

Unlike the reservation for SC/ST/OBCs, caste is not going to be a criterion for eligibility to the reservation under this new provision.

What to expect in 2019: The new language of politics

Every 5 years, elections are fought amid new ideas that were not central to the previous polls. This time, the additions include nationalism, social media as everyone’s tool for connecting with voters, MeToo, and a repositioning of parties in the secular-communal debate.

What to expect in 2019, Polls & Parties: Abki baar, not quite 2014

The pitch changes from ‘Abki baar’ to ‘Fir ek bar Modi sarkar’. BJP will be missing the novelty factor and will have to rely on what its govt has done rather than what previous one did not. For Opposition, boosted by recent Assembly results, the question is how it gets together, if at all.

How this translates to Lok Sabha: BJP tally down 62 to 31 in three states

In the three Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the BJP has lost as many as 180 assembly seats — almost 48 per cent of what it held in 2013.

A law for Ram temple would go against norms stated by apex court

While the legislature is well within its right to enact a law that can alter the foundation of any judgment, it is also now well-settled that this cannot be resorted to in a case between two parties.

After record wheat procurement in UP, Yogi says drew inspiration from Chhattisgarh

He said UP procured about 53 lakh tonnes of wheat early this year, which means it surpassed the previous highest wheat procurement of 50.63 lakh tonnes, achieved in 2012-13.

Shivraj Chouhan’s ‘mai ka lal’ remarks on quota, govt stand on SC/ST Act anger upper castes

“The SC/ST Act will weigh him (Chouhan) down,” said Ravindra Singh Tomar, an upper caste Thakur in his 50s from Bhojakhedi, in Pandhana Assembly segment of Khandwa Lok Sabha constituency.

Milestone in politics: How working women & technology scripted & will script change

Akbar’s resignation stands out because it is one of its kind: for the first time, a Minister has had to quit because of his alleged insensitivity and violation of a group of women over years.

In tribal Madhya Pradesh, BJP grapples with anger over Aadhaar glitches, delay in welfare schemes

While tribals are unevenly distributed across Madhya Pradesh, one-fifth of the Assembly constituencies in the state (47 out of 230) are reserved for them. The BJP had won 31 of those seats in the 2013 elections.

In rural MP, Shivraj Singh Chouhan battles calls for change with schemes for poor

While “change” is in the air after 15 years among a section of the rural strata, it doesn’t appear to have been supplemented by a coherent Congress narrative among voters lower down the economic ladder who want to vote out the Chouhan government.

In Madhya Pradesh’s theatre of farm rage, BJP puts its money on crop insurance

Apart from the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), the BJP is also counting on the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana (BBY), to neutralise rural anger ahead of the elections.

Aadhaar verdict: Ecosystem hit, govt thumbs up but fingers crossed in tech space

Beyond the declared purpose for targeted welfare/subsidy delivery, Aadhaar has grown as a digital infrastructure created by the government that served as a platform for creating a host of authentication-based services for the private sector.

Mohan Bhagwat’s silence on Golwalkar telling: Edits anti-Muslim remark

Mohan Bhagwat had to make one reference on the last day, Wednesday, when he was responding to a question on Golwalkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts where Muslims are called the shatru (enemy).

Amit Shah: Narendra Modi charisma to return party to power

BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday asked senior party cadres from across the country to highlight the BJP government’s achievements of the last four years to counter Opposition parties for the 2019 elections.