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Sudha Pai

Sudha Pai is co-author of Everyday Communalism: Riots in Contemporary Uttar Pradesh (2018).

Hate and healing
Tue, Apr 23, 2019

The Mahagathbandan hopes to repair the strained relations between Jats and Muslims in Western UP following the 2013 riots. The political experiment is pregnant with possibilities.

Battlefield is set in east UP; the three main competitors have chinks in the armour
Thu, Jan 31, 2019

Clearly, a highly competitive battle is in the offing between the incumbent BJP, the SP-BSP alliance and the Congress. Can Priyanka script a fresh, alternative vision moving beyond Ram Mandir and goshalas?

Kairana, a state template
Mon, Jun 04, 2018

Formation of smaller alliances by regional parties in states may be a more effective Opposition strategy

Is this the end of the road for Mayawati?
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Can Mayawati can script a new ideology and strategy to bring Dalits back from the Hindutva to the Ambedkarite fold, rebuild her social base by uniting Dalits and regain her position as a formidable Dalit leader prior to the 2019 elections?

Who is Samajwadi Party?
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

The power struggle within weakens a party already undergoing an identity crisis in UP

Muzaffarnagar tales
Sat, Feb 13, 2016

Bypoll campaign underlined strategic limits to communally charged politics

Express Blogs
Rise of Mayawati in Hindi heartland is a remarkable phenomenon
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Mayawati was persuaded by Kanshi Ram to join the Dalit movement.

Grand Ossified Party
Wed, Feb 11, 2015

Polity has a Congress space. But Congress doesn’t seem up to filling it anymore.

Uttar Pradesh lesson
Thu, Sep 18, 2014

BJP abandoned development for ‘love jihad’ in UP. Voters turned away.

A grim arithmetic
Wed, Aug 13, 2014

Divisive political mobilisations have left UP crackling with communal tensions.

The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
Sat, May 24, 2014

A comprehensive and well-written book, it covers Kanshiram’s early formative years and his long and illustrious career.

Elections 2014
UP of ‘timepass youth’ and purposeless waiting
Tue, May 20, 2014

For too long, UP politics has been trapped in a time warp. This verdict shows that it feels left behind

Sarvjan Samaj Party?
Tue, May 06, 2014

The BSP’s shift in political strategy gives the BJP an opportunity in UP.

Elections 2014
Silently, like BSP
Tue, Apr 15, 2014

It’s been preparing a Dalit-Muslim-Brahmin alliance. Can it rock the BJP’s boat in UP?

Elections 2014
Caste in the same mould
Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Wooing Jats with OBC status, Congress falls back on worn tactics in UP.

Because Modi doesn’t travel light
Fri, Feb 07, 2014

The question is if he will be able to control the Sangh Parivar fringe.

The Hindutva heartland
Tue, Jan 07, 2014

With the approach of the 2014 national elections, UP is set to become a communal battleground once again.

Muzaffarnagar memories
Thu, Sep 12, 2013

How political mobilisations divided communities with a shared past.

The backsliders
Fri, Sep 06, 2013

In Uttar Pradesh,the SP and the BJP are going back to the Nineties.

No mere kingmaker
Wed, Sep 19, 2012

Mulayam Singh Yadav’s renewed talk of a third front,and his decision to oppose the Centre on FDI in retail,frame his own ambitions

What’s Akhilesh’s economics?
Wed, Mar 21, 2012

Sweeping the election may have been the easy part,given the giant challenges of reforming his party and governing a restless UP

The state of the highest stakes
Tue, Jan 03, 2012

What each party in UP is counting on and hoping for in the upcoming election

Heartland surgery
Mon, Nov 21, 2011

Should Uttar Pradesh be split into smaller states? And if so,how?

Different faces of deprivation
Fri, Sep 30, 2011

Mayawati’s move to widen reservations demonstrates how the policy needs an economic rationale to stay meaningful

Change in the heartland
Mon, Jul 11, 2011

Land and law and order,rather than identity,are the big political issues in UP. Both demand structural fixes.