The writer taught political science at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, and is chief editor of 'Studies in Indian Politics'.
When the fig leaf of decency is gone, the minimal requirements of rule of law can be thrown out of the window as useless appendages to the elixir of power. This is what Maharashtra is witnessing.
Even as it is possible to criticise the Court’s ruling, what social and political spaces exist to critique, dispute and contest the political narrative in which the Ayodhya agitation originated?
We may be looking at voter fatigue with the Modi model amid continued voter endorsement of Modi.
In Maharashtra, the party works on constructing all-India politics while also appropriating the regional space
On Independence Day, we heard the aspiring statesman, the man of ideas, the debater, the polemicist, the ruthless executive.
Sonia Gandhi’s return as party president is likely to impede the real task of party-building that the Congress has been postponing since the 1980s. Rajiv Gandhi reminded the party of this when it was celebrating its centenary. Sonia could not do it when she took over in the late Nineties.
The current processes of in-flow and out-flow underline the weakness of the way parties are organised. Parties do talk about membership drives, but they often obfuscate intra-party democracy and intra-party competition.
We are moving away from the constitutional logic behind enabling clauses such as Articles 15 and 16.
Over the past decade-and-a-half, the idea that claims made by the majority are a natural corollary of democracy has settled itself quite comfortably in India’s collective imagination of democracy
Why the Congress is necessary.
Modi probably believes that he doesn’t need the media because his power derives from the people. He forgets that without the prolonged love affair that the media had with him, his image could not have been built in the way it was between 2013 and 2018.
BJP shows it will weave nationalism, security with religious identity. So far, Opposition has no response.
A former chief election commissioner does not apportion blame, but focuses on pivotal poll issues
The last elections brought about the discourse of “New India”. It brought to the forefront a wound caused (to some political groups) by the imagery of India that originated in India’s national movement.
Moments like Pulwama hold up a mirror to the government, media and nation.
Policy is not based on assessments of deprivation — it merely addresses specific groups
Our political class has failed to uphold civil liberties. It counts on the people’s apathy on the question.
Assembly outcomes won’t bring transformations. But they may just bring BJP narrative down to earth.
Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits point to electoral rise of new Congress, and final departure of idea of Congress
There is no glasnost. The same consistently confusing politics manifests itself as the core project of RSS.