Sudha Pai

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

Articles By Sudha Pai

Hate and healing

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

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

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?

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?

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

Muzaffarnagar tales

Bypoll campaign underlined strategic limits to communally charged politics

Rise of Mayawati in Hindi heartland is a remarkable phenomenon

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

Grand Ossified Party

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

Uttar Pradesh lesson

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

A grim arithmetic

Divisive political mobilisations have left UP crackling with communal tensions.

The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

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

UP of ‘timepass youth’ and purposeless waiting

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

Sarvjan Samaj Party?

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

Silently, like BSP

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

Caste in the same mould

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

Because Modi doesn’t travel light

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

The Hindutva heartland

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

Muzaffarnagar memories

How political mobilisations divided communities with a shared past.

The backsliders

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

No mere kingmaker

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