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

People’s demand for a strong leader feeds into the BJP’s majoritarian politics perfectly

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

Dear Yogendra, I disagree

Why the Congress is necessary.

Modi has brought into practice a style of one-way communication: Giving out messages

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.

A debate has two sides

BJP shows it will weave nationalism, security with religious identity. So far, Opposition has no response.

Book review: History, process and pious hope

A former chief election commissioner does not apportion blame, but focuses on pivotal poll issues

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.