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Ravish Tiwari


In high-stakes West Bengal election battle, it’s Modi pull vs Mamata pushback
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

West Bengal Assembly elections: Irrespective of the outcome, what is certain is that this will be a polarising electoral campaign, the likes of which Bengal, a Communist bastion for long, has never witnessed.

Pangong disengagement: Delhi cautious, points to work in progress; military, diplomatic moves shaped result
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's measured tone in Parliament Thursday underscored the need to avoid any kind of chest thumping from the ruling establishment pending the resolution of unresolved issues.

Markets may cheer but as farm laws show, test is street & House
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

How the Centre does its preparatory groundwork with stakeholders — and the Opposition — holds the key. Opposition calls it bid to sell family silver, BMS criticises, task cut out

Bhaiyyaji Joshi interview: ‘Not good for the health of society for an agitation to run too long…both sides must work to find a solution’
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

"In a democracy, there are always many sides and every organisation has its own expectations. Generally, it is difficult to find common ground. That’s how various demands are raised. Those who have to fulfil these demands have their own limitations," said RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi.

Farm stir has to end, both sides must find way out: RSS gen secy
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

In an interview to The Indian Express, RSS general secretary Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi emphasised that “it is not good for the health of society for any agitation to run for too long”. “We just want the agitation (to) end quickly now,” he said.

A forecast for friction: Why 2021 could see a charged up political climate
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

2020 started and is ending on a stormy note; 2021 may be no different. The government could face protests on the street, and hard-fought Assembly elections could raise political temperatures. Major diplomatic challenges lie ahead. For the Opposition, 2021 could be a make-or-break year.

Protests an Opposition ploy, says PM Modi, signals no yield on demand for repeal
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

“Why do you adopt a dogali (doublespeak) policy? What kind of politics are they doing in which there is no logic, no facts? Make false accusations and spread rumours to scare our farmers. Sometimes, naive farmers get misled by you,” the Prime Minister said.

Shaheen Bagh parallel with a difference: Govt draws line, but keeps door open
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

BJP leaders underline the government will engage with protesting farmers as against outright vilification as was done with the anti-CAA protests.

BJP’s Bihar challenge: Wider RJD base, Left revival, its own new faces
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

The choice of two — not one — Deputy Chief Ministers, Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi, reflects how the BJP is addressing the churn from the word go. Indeed, former Deputy CM Sushil Modi’s ejection from state politics underlined this signal.

China insists Indians vacate Chushul heights, India says clear Pangong north
Sat, Oct 17, 2020

Sources said Delhi is insisting on simultaneous withdrawal of forces from the Pangong north bank — where Chinese troops have crossed the point which India says marks the LAC — and advanced Indian positions on the south bank to mutually agreed locations

Veteran Dalit leader, Minister with six PMs, Ram Vilas Paswan dies
Fri, Oct 09, 2020

50 yrs in public life, blending principle with realpolitik

Babri verdict: For Sangh, shadow lifts in criminal case; for Oppn, a bind as in temple ruling
Mon, Oct 05, 2020

Despite the Supreme Court calling the demolition an “egregious violation of rule of law,” Wednesday’s Babri Masjid demolition verdict gives an institutional sheen to the temple movement.

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh: Lalu’s brother-in-arms, first mover of NREGA, is no more
Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh — a true socialist leader who, though never known as an orator or speaker, managed to attract the attention of his ideological fellow travellers and his political adversaries for his plainspeak on issues that he chose to champion.

ExplainSpeaking: Waiting for PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

Given the way PM Modi used his enhanced political mandate to push the BJP’s political agenda, his Independence Day speech might contain signals on how he plans to use his political capital after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Between their lines, PM Narendra Modi, Mohan Bhagwat frame how a promise was delivered
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Modi, on both Article 370 and the Ram temple, has, to the Sangh, underlined what electoral power can achieve and, in the process, reinforced his political credibility like no other leader in the BJP. And this, largely on his own terms.

Explained: The significance of Ayodhya, August 5
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Ayodhya Ram Mandir: For decades, India’s politics has been shaped by a tussle between two competing grand ideas: composite nationalism and cultural nationalism. The laying of the foundation for the Ram Temple marks the demise of an old political consensus, and the beginning of a new journey.

ExplainSpeaking: On August 5, another blow likely to the Nehruvian ideal of the state
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Right now, the attempt in the ruling establishment seems to be to talk up the temple while avoiding confrontation over Article 370 – which for the BJP is done and dusted.

ExplainSpeaking: Truculent China, and the drama in Rajasthan
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Whether the BJP manages to provide cover to the Congress rebels or Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is able to corner them should be clear this week.

ExplainSpeaking: Why the Rajasthan political game could be long drawn out
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

While the hosting of Pilot’s MLAs in a BJP-ruled state and the fielding of senior lawyers like Rohatgi and Salve for Pilot has suggested the central BJP is taking an interest in the matter, Vasundhara’s aloofness has exposed the lack of communication within the party.

Pilot still in touch with Priyanka but CM’s camp unrelenting; BJP explores its chances
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Sources in the Congress said Pilot is in touch with AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The BJP, however, believes that the crisis in the Rajasthan Congress has gone past the point of no-return.

ExplainSpeaking: Return of political activity, even as Covid shifts centre of gravity and LAC sees some disengagement
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

Life has been breathed into competitive political action within Parliament, and in states like Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Kerala, in the last few days.

Health staff dead of Covid: Insurance claims pending, states told to speed up paperwork
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

The Union Health Ministry on Friday flagged this as an issue of concern during a videoconference with states over Covid-19 response.

ExplainSpeaking: Both New Delhi and Beijing are weighing their options – what can they be?
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

India-China border dispute: As things stand today, this crisis appears set to surpass the nearly two-and-a-half-month stand-off at Doklam in 2017.

Tokyo 2014 to Ladakh 2020: PM Narendra Modi’s full circle to draw line for Beijing
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

If in Ladakh Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the era of expansionism is over and development is the engine of the future, in Tokyo, he had foreshadowed this.

ExplainSpeaking: With stand-off at friction points continuing, expect a longer battle of nerves on Ladakh LAC
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

For the military, which thwarted Chinese advances in the Galwan valley, the challenge is to check them without things escalating into uncontrolled violent face-offs. The political questions have also constrained the government's room for manoeuvre.