The writer taught political science at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, and is chief editor of 'Studies in Indian Politics'.
It is not a demand for social justice but proportional power-sharing that underlies the new quota agitations
Congress needs to frame a cogent stand on coalitions rather than looking at them merely as tactical necessity
At Nagpur, Pranab Mukherjee lost an opportunity. Mohan Bhagwat seized it
For BJP, reliance on PM could become a limitation. For Congress, electoral discourse must go beyond identities
Why the Harsh Mander-Ramachandra Guha debate must continue — and expand.
BJP’s Opposition has scored a moral victory. Much hard work is needed to turn it into material success
The Northeast verdict indicates a major shift in the nature and structure of the politics of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. The coming polls in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan will, however, present a different set of challenges — fighting anti-incumbency, the BJP will be defending rather than attacking.
Army Chief’s statements on the Northeast are problematic in terms of prudence, politics, principle.
Creating it was an act of audacity. Maintaining it is proving to be a daunting task
Violence at Pune, Mumbai speaks of distorted political economy, communities failed by political leaderships
BJP has gained in voteshare, widened its base among Dalits and even Muslims — but it has lost seats. The Congress has gained seats, but it has retreated among traditional supporters and the poor.
It speaks about the new Congress president. It also mirrors the level of politics, issues at stake
The proposal for simultaneous elections goes against basic principles of the parliamentary system and the Indian Constitution.
The first past the post system has served India well. Arguments for change must tread carefully.
As a society and as individuals, we are quick to succumb to the temptation of being unfree.
People, including students, do trust the armed forces. But JNU VC’s suggestion should concern us all. The broader debate may be imagined as consisting of two parts. One concerns the idea of nationalism, the other concerns the idea of the university.
If Kashmiriyat wanes, what could take its place? Amarnath yatra attack raises a grim spectre.
Farmers’ protests threaten the BJP’s rise. But local character, lack of ideological vision limit their potential.
Making its dominance official disregards history, does disservice to the cause of promoting the language
... must come sustained groundwork. But AAP is stuck in an excess of rhetoric, contradictions
Atal Bihari Vajpayee initiated the famous Delhi-Lahore bus service to foster better relationships between India and Pakistan. Vajpayee had travelled on the same bus during its inaugural run on February 19, 1999 and was received by Nawaz Sharif, his counterpart in Pakistan.