Sudha Pai is co-author of Everyday Communalism: Riots in Contemporary Uttar Pradesh (2018).
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.
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?
Formation of smaller alliances by regional parties in states may be a more effective Opposition strategy
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?
The power struggle within weakens a party already undergoing an identity crisis in UP
Bypoll campaign underlined strategic limits to communally charged politics
Mayawati was persuaded by Kanshi Ram to join the Dalit movement.
Polity has a Congress space. But Congress doesn’t seem up to filling it anymore.
BJP abandoned development for ‘love jihad’ in UP. Voters turned away.
Divisive political mobilisations have left UP crackling with communal tensions.
A comprehensive and well-written book, it covers Kanshiram’s early formative years and his long and illustrious career.
For too long, UP politics has been trapped in a time warp. This verdict shows that it feels left behind
The BSP’s shift in political strategy gives the BJP an opportunity in UP.
It’s been preparing a Dalit-Muslim-Brahmin alliance. Can it rock the BJP’s boat in UP?
Wooing Jats with OBC status, Congress falls back on worn tactics in UP.
The question is if he will be able to control the Sangh Parivar fringe.
With the approach of the 2014 national elections, UP is set to become a communal battleground once again.
How political mobilisations divided communities with a shared past.
In Uttar Pradesh,the SP and the BJP are going back to the Nineties.
Mulayam Singh Yadavs renewed talk of a third front,and his decision to oppose the Centre on FDI in retail,frame his own ambitions
Sweeping the election may have been the easy part,given the giant challenges of reforming his party and governing a restless UP
What each party in UP is counting on and hoping for in the upcoming election
Should Uttar Pradesh be split into smaller states? And if so,how?
Mayawatis move to widen reservations demonstrates how the policy needs an economic rationale to stay meaningful
Land and law and order,rather than identity,are the big political issues in UP. Both demand structural fixes.