Girish Kuber

The writer is editor, ‘Loksatta’

Articles By Girish Kuber

End of alliance with Shiv Sena speaks of BJP’s recent propensity to convert friends into foes

In the end, the stalemate in Maharashtra will force everyone to get off their high-horse and introspect. More importantly, it’s bound to compel the BJP to soften its rhetoric and start addressing real issues like the state of the economy and growing unemployment.

BJP’s weakened showing in Maharashtra a lesson for over-confident party that ridiculed Opposition

It’s not surprising that several cabinet ministers in the Fadnavis government were sent packing by voters. The performance of the BJP’s alliance partner, Shiv Sena, has been underwhelming. Political observers have time and again pointed out the Sena’s helplessness in tagging along with the BJP.

Savarkar, father of Hindu rashtravad, also represents a tradition of social reformers

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar aka Swatantryaveer Savarkar is more known as the father of Hindu rashtravad (Hindu nationalism), but at the same time he also represents Maharashtra’s glorious tradition of social and religious reformers.

Saffron side up: How BJP in Maharashtra became a conglomerate of winnable candidates

Ahead of assembly polls, BJP has rearranged Maharashtra’s political field to its own advantage.

Why is BJP keen on alliance with Shiv Sena despite repeated humiliation?

For the BJP, being with the Shiv Sena is critical to holding off the Congress-NCP alliance. For the Shiv Sena, breaking away from BJP poses an existential threat.

A silence in Maharashtra

Revocation of Nayantara Sahgal’s invite to a literary meet is a sign of intellectual decline. The excuse that Sahgal has not written in a regional language is a facade. The real reason could be her active role in award wapasi and other issues.

So where is the Mahagathbandhan that will challenge the BJP? asks Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah speaks to The Indian Express on the Opposition challenge to the BJP, the party’s own difficulties with allies, the criticism over lynchings and cow vigilantism, inner-party democracy and demands for reservation.

Narendra Modi-led BJP is going to improve its performance in 2019, says Amit Shah

In an exclusive interview to The Indian Express Group, Amit Shah spoke on key issues affecting the overall political atmosphere and particularly the BJP, including on vigilantism and lynching.

Why London Needs Company

After Brexit, the UK is looking to the Commonwealth to replace EU as trade partner

Why tensions in Maharashtra represent a tussle between competing nationalisms

For Dalits, it is important to send out the message that they matter politically, before the BJP takes a decision on Maratha reservations.

All hype on energy

India continues to lack a clear roadmap for encouraging the use of clean fuel

Maharashtra civic polls 2017: Behind BJP’s art of winning, there’s craft too

BJP has bagged eight of the 10 municipal corporations where elections were held.

Maharasthra civic polls: Cities are too important to be left to corporators

Ongoing civic polls in Maharashtra underline the disconnect between urban governance and the citizen. Cities are too important to be left to corporators.

So many Shivajis

The 17th century Maratha king has been appropriated by diverse politicians for their gain. But in the hands of different interest groups, he has acquired several personas

In MNS, BJP sees a partner which can take Sena space

The MNS agitation over the movie might have been seen as another display of the in-vogue macho neo-nationalism. But that’s not the case.

A disruption called Donald

Despite his outrageous views, Donald Trump represents hope to many Americans.

Pakistan can’t have terror cake and eat it too, says former envoy Hussain Haqqani

Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani said Pakistan was in denial about terrorism.

A cry for dominance

The advent of the Fadnavis government in Maharashtra has been accompanied by new social and political equations that threaten the Marathas’ political hegemony. Hence their huge rallies now

A bitter sugar story

In Maharashtra, where the sugar industry and politics are twined, drought is a manmade disaster

Death Of A Liberal

Aroon Tikekar carried forward the rationalist legacy of 19th century Maharashtra