The trouble for the BSP is that a much younger and energetic Dalit leadership has started shaping the discourse within Dalit politics. The BSP’s future in Indian politics depends heavily on what Mayawati chooses to do in the coming months.
Building a Hindu social coalition helped the BJP win UP. Adityanath represents that mandate
There are similarities between UP polls and the lead-up to the Mahagathbandhan’s victory last year. But the BJP seems to have made critical adjustments this time.
BSP needs to look beyond social engineering, at the changing grammar of politics. It could focus on Mayawati’s image as an efficient administrator.
The mandir-masjid dispute continues to frame the political debate in UP 24 years after the destruction of the mosque. Communal faultlines in the state have deepened, in recent times
Survey data suggest women, traditional backers of the Chief Minister, rallied behind her as never before, overwhelming all negatives.
The NDA received 14.6 per cent of votes and apart from winning one seat, the BJP candidates were runners-up in six seats.
Today’s assembly results are unlikely to mark a critical change in Tamil Nadu’s bipolar contest
The more interesting question to ask is: Why is the BJP pushing itself so aggressively to appropriate Ambedkar now, and not five or 10 years ago?
While the upper castes overwhelmingly voted for the NDA, Yadavs, Muslims and Kurmis stood behind the maha gathbandhan.
The Lokniti-CSDS post-poll survey examines what went wrong for the NDA in Bihar, especially after a pre-poll survey had found it ahead of the grand alliance.
Nitish gained popularity among Yadavs, lower OBCs, Muslims, and supporters of other parties.
For the BJP, strategic placement of allies could make or break this election.
The prohibition pledge acknowledges the growing importance of women voters.
Different parties rule at state and national levels. It is not yet clear if this is a sign of maturing democracy or a crisis of governance
The effect of negative campaigns is generally marginal to the final result.
Muslims and upper castes are more similar in their voting patterns than the Hindu right would like to acknowledge.
Modi is a seasoned politician but the rising tide of expectation poses a big challenge to his popularity.
To consolidate its 2014 success, the BJP must weaken the Congress.
Though the Left’s losses are all-India, its route to revival passes through West Bengal.
The reasons for the Congress’s debacle are deep and structural. Revival will be a long haul.
The party has always faced a challenge in mobilising the female voter.
This election campaign is dominated by individuals rather than ideas. Why this is not likely to change come 2019.
In states where the Congress is challenged by centrist regional parties, it has a much harder task of rebuilding itself.
Its achievements in Delhi are remarkable,but not as unusual or unprecedented as they are being made out to be.