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Badri Narayan

The writer is professor, Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad

Welfare-Hindutva combination won the vote in UP
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

Shifts in political choice are not the outcome of election campaigns alone, but a result of the long-term developmental strategies adopted and delivered by the BJP

BSP cannot be ruled out as a contender in UP polls
Sat, Feb 19, 2022

Badri Narayan writes: It retains the support of its voter base, has been working hard on the ground to build social alliances.

India’s electoral democracy and the Hindutva chalk circle
Tue, Nov 02, 2021

Badri Narayan writes: Political parties may be either in the soft or hard Hindutva fold, but everyone needs to demonstrate their Hindutva affiliation. This has become clear in the run-up to UP elections.

The limits of BSP’s ‘bhaichara’ politics
Thu, Sep 23, 2021

Badri Narayan writes: It won’t help party at UP polls next year if the attempted Dalit-Brahmin political alliance is not backed with a social alliance.

Remembering the forgotten heroes from India’s freedom struggle
Sat, Aug 21, 2021

For a deepening of democracy in the country, we need to embrace subaltern narratives of participation in India’s freedom struggle as part of the mainstream.

Why Dalit is no longer an empowering word for some marginalised communities in UP
Tue, Aug 10, 2021

Badri Narayan writes: With weakening of Bahujan movement, there’s greater assertion of separate caste identity.

Will the coronavirus birth a new politics?
Fri, Jun 04, 2021

A new diction and vocabulary may emerge and get prominence in the framing political narrative of the country, particularly in northern India

BR Ambedkar isn’t just an icon of democratic politics. He’s also a folk icon
Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Educated followers may indeed read his texts and use his arguments and visions for the emancipation of marginal communities, but Ambedkar appears in many different ways in the ordinary life of Dalits

How BJP uses gods and icons of marginalised communities in Bengal and elsewhere to draft them into Hindutva politics
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

It has turned the heterogeneity of Hindu culture into its strength

BJP is using lesser-known figures from medieval history to further its politics
Wed, Dec 15, 2021

The attempt by mainstream Hindutva politics is to over-emphasise these marginal and contested memories, establish them as sites for “believers” and use them as symbols of cultural nationalism .

Absence of a charismatic Dalit leader opens up space in poll-bound Bihar
Thu, Nov 05, 2020

The Bihar assembly election may have various implications for the long-term Dalit politics in the state. It indicates a transition which may yield a new leader.

Dalit assertion and politics is dependent on dominant parties in Bihar
Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Unlike in UP, Dalit politics in Bihar continue to be dependent on mainstream parties. The Ambedkarite radical consciousness is weaker in the Dalit politics of Bihar and Dalit assertion at the grass roots continues to be weak.

Religio-cultural public spheres, ignored by most, are tapped well by Hindutva groups
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

Hindutva politics, thus, is increasingly becoming influential due to its engagement with the non-political but socio-culturally and religiously powerful public spheres associated with the Hindu religion.

Ambedkar’s legacy is being re-engineered to suit the Hindutva agenda
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

The social memories created by the Hindu religion, and the Hindutva version of Ambedkar’s symbol, are creating a situation where the Hindutva parivar is easily accessible to a section of the larger Dalit community.

Among the urban poor, two strands of Hindutva mobilisation are emerging
Thu, Oct 17, 2019

The RSS and its various affiliates enter slums through running schools, organising medical camps, etc. RSS shakhas are also expanding their footprint among the urban poor by giving them a “Hindu” identity.

Towards social politics
Wed, Jul 17, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is nudging electoral politics in a new direction.

Gathbandhan vs Gathbandhan: Social coalition crafted by BJP trumped BSP-SP-RLD caste alliance
Fri, May 24, 2019

The impressive success of the BJP and the failure of gathbandhan in UP may have far reaching consequences for Indian politics. Political parties may have to redefine the politics of social justice in north India.

Caste narratives have emerged as an important trope in the 2019 election
Tue, Apr 30, 2019

Dalit-Bahujan alliance is a riposte to the BJP’s national security centred discourse.

Mayawati’s decision to not contest the Lok Sabha election is rife with political implications
Thu, Mar 28, 2019

Mayawati's sacrifice has elevated her stature above other leaders of the gathbandhan. Her decision is a signal of sorts to the partners that should the situation arise, they should support her candidature for the PM’s post.

A stirring in the East
Fri, Feb 01, 2019

By placing Priyanka Gandhi in UP, Congress is trying to reclaim an old bastion

The Spurned Party
Wed, Jan 16, 2019

Congress could prove to be a spanner in the works of the SP-BSP alliance

Of Melas And Politics
Tue, Dec 18, 2018

These efforts may lead to the formation of “samagra Hindutva” — the BJP’s recently-framed strategy for the 2019 election

The Battle For The Bahujan
Tue, Dec 04, 2018

Even as Mayawati tries to sideline him, Chandrashekhar’s Bhim Army is expanding

Why BJP Sings Kabir
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

It’s part of the party’s strategy to attract Dalits and marginalised communities.

A larger Dalit public sphere
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Song, drama and literature play a role. Ambedkar, the symbolism around him, is at its centre.