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Vandita Mishra

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Vandita is The Indian Express National Opinion Editor

Explained: Mandal is falling stock, Mandir-plus a blue chip
Fri, Mar 11, 2022

That Mandal politics is now seen, in large sections of even its homeground, UP, as casteist and divisive, is proof not just of the BJP’s narrative dominance, but of the many critical failures of Mandal’s own flagbearers.

A Letter From Uttar Pradesh: The final countdown
Sun, Mar 06, 2022

On one side are “Modi-Yogi” and the phalanx of Suraksha-Hindutva-Govt Schemes. On the other is Akhilesh’s appeal, resting on several discontents and the SP's traditional vote base. Somewhere in the middle is a shrunken Mayawati. Vandita Mishra travels from Lucknow to eastern UP, as the polls moved there in the last leg

Uttar Pradesh polls: Fighting shy of caste & past, SP focus on bread and butter to take on Yogi’s Hindutva plus
Thu, Mar 03, 2022

Following five years of the BJP’s incumbency under Yogi Adityanath, with Narendra Modi at the Centre, the project of Hindu consolidation sounds triumphal. But the other project, of backward caste consolidation, dares not speak its name.

Punjab elections: Captain shrunk, Congress hopes Channi is party’s change card
Sat, Feb 19, 2022

Last-minute gamble by party as all contestants try to swing votes in their favour

Punjab: Protest success doesn’t translate, farmers find little echo in campaign
Fri, Feb 18, 2022

The Balbir Singh Rajewal-led Sanyukta Samaj Morcha (SSM), comprising 22 of the 32 farm unions of the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) that led the agitation, is struggling to convert the wide support it got into votes.

There is a change vote across Punjab and AAP is its only suitor
Wed, Feb 16, 2022

In Punjab, where a hardened two-party system is being challenged by a new entrant — the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made it a three-cornered contest in 2017 — and where more players, including sections of a spectacularly successful farmers’ movement, crowd the fray, that’s also the choice, and clash.

Lakhimpur to Gorakhpur, familiar fault lines are widening ahead of Assembly polls
Sun, Nov 07, 2021

A month after four farmer-protesters were killed at Lakhimpur Kheri, VANDITA MISHRA sets off from the scene of the crime to Bahraich, Gonda and finally, CM Yogi Adityanath’s home district of Gorakhpur. Along the way are familiar fault lines that are widening ahead of a crucial Assembly election.

The Sunday Story: Echoes in a walled city
Sun, Sep 26, 2021

Amid the recent political upheaval in Punjab, The Sunday Express travels to Amritsar, the state’s political, religious and cultural hub, and sees the slow slipping away of an older city. What it is being replaced with, no one is really sure.

(CM) Sikh hona ya Hindu hona secondary hai: Akal Takht jathedar
Mon, Sep 20, 2021

There was speculation about Punjab getting a Hindu CM for the first time after it was created as a Sikh-majority state in 1966.

On street, Captain Amarinder Singh looks down from posters but his is an absence amid talk of many crises
Sun, Sep 19, 2021

For the Amarinder Singh government, on government schools, it may have been a matter of too little too late. But in Amritsar, his is a wan and besieged presence in other conversations about other crises, too.

Tea, talk, tally and temple
Sun, Aug 29, 2021

Below the Ganga waters, there are undercurrents, a desire for ‘naya chehra’, discontent over prices, bitterness over Covid, disquiet over religious rift. However, will it matter in 2022? One can’t say with Banaras.

Himanta Biswa Sarma: Regional parties cannot come together against BJP because states compete with each other
Sun, Jun 13, 2021

"You will see the rise of a leader here and there but when you come to the bigger national picture, the people of India will always vote for a party that will safeguard the integrity and sovereignty of the nation," says Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.

How Shashi Tharoor examines the two nationalisms at odds in India today but fails to explain the popularity of a hard, unforgiving ethnocentrism
Sun, May 23, 2021

The in-between space, between the Constitution and Modi, seems sparsely populated in Tharoor's new book 'The Battle of Belonging'. In real life, in this space, lie political failures of the past that cast a bigger shadow on the present and haunt the future

Farmers protests: BJP sees plot, others lend weight but socially distanced
Fri, Dec 25, 2020

As the ruling party at the Centre, the BJP, of course, is on the other side of the fence. With the Shiromani Akali Dal exiting the NDA over the farm laws, the BJP is on its own again in a state that resisted the Modi sweep in 2014 and again in 2019.

Farmer-mother with 3 kids to Arhtiya Boss: a growing coalition of fears and anxieties
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

Concerns about the three farm laws, grounded in what they see and hear, and drawing from their own struggles and experience, are expressed most insistently by the smaller farmers.

Chorus on ground: Dhakka from Delhi won’t work, protest now has life of its own
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

The Indian Express found in a week-long journey through villages and cities across Punjab’s three regions that the image of the un-seeing Centre is compounded by the spate of name-calling.

Despite crowds, an absence: Why Tejashwi’s Caste-Plus remained his work in progress
Wed, Nov 11, 2020

Despite a last-minute attempt by Team Tejashwi to package him anew — or perhaps because of the last-minuteness of it — RJD’s new chief ministerial candidate was carrying into this election neither a narrative nor a clean slate.

Tejashwi challenge: Voters look for ‘Kejriwal-type’ clean slate
Thu, Nov 05, 2020

Tejashwi, the candidate with a past, will need to overcome the hesitations of this voter to talk to him, and listen to him, outside of the RJD’s Muslim-Yadav base.

Bihar elections: With ex-BJP, Brahmin faces, RJD tries to go beyond M-Y in bid to look ‘like A to Z’
Sun, Nov 01, 2020

As discontents with 15 years of Nitish raj rise to the fore, and a desire for bringing in the new makes itself heard in Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD faces a difficult predicament in this election: It is new — but it is also old.

Bihar elections: His base shrinking, Nitish hopes voter cheering Modi will carry him along
Sat, Oct 31, 2020

For the first time in 15 years in Bihar, Nitish is at the receiving end of, not in the driving seat of, the desire for change.

Nitish diminished, Tejashwi banks on Caste-plus refresh
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

The three-term Chief Minister looks alone with the people’s anger points to a formless opponent, and an ally receding from the stage.

Notebandi to Article 370 to Mandir: People must begin all over again, PM Modi will write their destinies afresh
Wed, Aug 12, 2020

For all the chants and invocations of a past glory, culture and civilisation, the spectacle in Ayodhya was about the leader, here and now: Modi, wearing longer hair and a mask, framed solo, no props or supporting cast, enacting a by-now familiar script of Fall and Rise.

NRC fears don’t cross the divide: among poor Hindus, a confidence, assured sense of place
Tue, Feb 11, 2020

From Dalit basti in Gaya to village near Dhanbad, refrain: humein kaun hatayega (who will turn us out?)

Bangla border to Lucknow via Gaya: CAA protests aren’t just about CAA
Mon, Feb 10, 2020

As Shaheen Bagh took centrestage in the high-octane campaign in the Capital, The Indian Express travelled from West Bengal, Ground Zero of the NRC debate, to UP, which saw the most deaths in the crackdown. To find out how Shaheen Bagh plays out, how the protests unite — and divide

Express Adda with Nirmala Sitharaman: ‘Difficulty is not in taking a call on reforms, it’s in moving forward’
Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was the guest at the recent Express Adda held in Mumbai. She spoke to The Indian Express on India’s decision to not join the RCEP, boosting investment and ushering in reforms

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