Suhas Palshikar

The writer taught political science at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, and is chief editor of ‘Studies in Indian Politics’.

Articles By Suhas Palshikar

Defeat of saffron party in 2019 may not ensure failure of BJP project

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.

Good, Bad, Ugly

Moments like Pulwama hold up a mirror to the government, media and nation.

Pseudo-social justice

Policy is not based on assessments of deprivation — it merely addresses specific groups

Republic of unfreedom

Our political class has failed to uphold civil liberties. It counts on the people’s apathy on the question.

Here’s looking at you, BJP

Assembly outcomes won’t bring transformations. But they may just bring BJP narrative down to earth.

Temple entry, and exit

Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits point to electoral rise of new Congress, and final departure of idea of Congress

Reshimbagh reality check

There is no glasnost. The same consistently confusing politics manifests itself as the core project of RSS.

The urban Naxal subterfuge

Such naming is meant to suppress dissent. It erases the distinction between disagreement and violence.

The new reservation

It is not a demand for social justice but proportional power-sharing that underlies the new quota agitations

Don’t hold your nose

Congress needs to frame a cogent stand on coalitions rather than looking at them merely as tactical necessity

Two speeches, a spectacle

At Nagpur, Pranab Mukherjee lost an opportunity. Mohan Bhagwat seized it

The Karnataka lesson

For BJP, reliance on PM could become a limitation. For Congress, electoral discourse must go beyond identities

Citizenship rights, not burka

Why the Harsh Mander-Ramachandra Guha debate must continue — and expand.

Gorakhpur to Delhi

BJP’s Opposition has scored a moral victory. Much hard work is needed to turn it into material success

Discontent powers vote for change

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.

A general overstepping

Army Chief’s statements on the Northeast are problematic in terms of prudence, politics, principle.

Do we want to keep the Republic?

Creating it was an act of audacity. Maintaining it is proving to be a daunting task

Caste adrift

Violence at Pune, Mumbai speaks of distorted political economy, communities failed by political leaderships

Decoding the BJP’s victories: Trends of continuity with some significant change

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.

Lampooning Rahul

It speaks about the new Congress president. It also mirrors the level of politics, issues at stake