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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Suhas Palshikar

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

Why siege of Capitol in Washington DC resonates closer home, carries lessons for us all
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

The US experience indicates that democracy requires continuous caution. But perhaps the least learned lesson at home in India is about the comparative pathology of such autarchy lurking in our midst.

Farmers’ protest may be bringing a small beginning of normal politics, of negotiation and compromise
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

Suhas Palshikar writes: In itself, a prime minister agreeing to negotiate is not a shortcoming, but after having built an aura of non-negotiability about his wisdom, a settlement would mean the first step in converting the all-powerful and all-knowing supreme leader into a more routine political player.

Decoding the close Bihar election 2020 verdict
Thu, Nov 19, 2020

Bihar Assembly election results 2020: Held against the backdrop of the pandemic, the Bihar contest was also one of the closest in recent times. In this post-poll survey, Lokniti-CSDS unpacks the many aspects of NDA’s narrow victory over the Mahagathbandhan — caste & community, confidence in Modi, and women voting more for NDA.

BJP’s Bihar performance sets template for its expansion in states
Wed, Nov 11, 2020

The popularity of Modi seems to be a stable factor in the BJP’s electoral politics. So much so that he has transformed into a brand. Like a brand, he can be used in any state, any context and against any competition.

The Hathras case is symptomatic of the disappearance of Dalit politics
Fri, Oct 16, 2020

Suhas Palshikar writes: Dalit politics is caught between balancing concerns of political power and altering its social dynamics.

SAD exit from NDA may not hurt BJP much but will shake up political game
Wed, Sep 30, 2020

The isolation would allow the BJP to more openly march towards where it has been itching to move in the past year or so — an ideological position that openly defies the Constitution and a political practice that rejects all democratic norms.

At Ayodhya, we will see dismantling of the old, and the bhoomi pujan of the new republic
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

If the BJP is guilty of dismantling the republic, all other parties are silent approvers. Like in the case of the most ardent opponent of majoritarianism, the epitaph for India’s slowly dying republic could also be “Hey Ram”.

Congress fumbling, as in Rajasthan, could end up being catalyst for spurt of regional parties
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Suhas Palshikar writes: It would be interesting to see whether the Congress seeks to move in the direction of a more federal handling of factionalism without necessarily allowing state-level factions to hijack the state units. But if what is happening in Rajasthan is mere drift, then it seems more than likely that leaders like Pilot, from many states, might consider forming their own state parties.

Will there be a George Floyd moment in India’s public life?
Thu, Jun 11, 2020

India seems to have lost that urge to consistently relate to injustice as an assault on democracy. Be it plight of migrants or minorities, their failure to strike wider chord tells truths about us.

Amid pandemic, politics needs to resume in its core sense — politicians, parties need to connect with people
Sat, May 23, 2020

In Opposition, non-BJP parties have been lazy in not responding politically at all. It took two full months for the UPA and some other non-BJP parties even to think of talking formally to each other.

Minimise democracy, maximise interfaith distance, maintain aloofness from poor — may be the new normal
Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Equally disturbingly, the lockdown has ensured that the class-chasm would become more real, more sharp and yet politically infructuous. The overwhelming support that the lockdown has received among India’s middle classes is noteworthy not just because of the gullibility of that class but also because of its complete lack of social connection to anything beyond itself.

An eerie quiet: At the stroke of midnight on March 24, India suspended ‘politics’
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

We should brace ourselves not only for the deep impact the coronavirus crisis will have on routine lives and the economy; this crisis will also leave its imprint on the idea of the public and our politics.

Scindia’s move to BJP needs to be seen as the routine task of maximising political gains
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

The two handsome victories of the BJP must have told the political class that the tide of popular sentiment is turning in favour of a particular set of beliefs. Broadly identified as Hindutva nationalism, this new political culture does not have much patience for ideas of inclusion, diversity, compassion and co-existence.

Delhi Assembly elections 2020: How the capital voted — and why
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Takeaways from AAP victory: Governance matters most in state polls, having a popular face is crucial, emotive issues take backseat to govt performance

By ignoring ideological questions, AAP remains within BJP’s framework
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

AAP's win in Delhi elections provides relief, hope. But the romance with the Delhi outcome must halt.

CAA protests have inspired a new vocabulary of citizenship, but the Republic needs much more
Sat, Jan 25, 2020

An agitation that began in response to an assault on the constitutional idea of citizenship has opened the doors for redefining the idea in a manner that would have made the Republic’s founding fathers proud of today’s protesters.

Explained: How Jharkhand Assembly elections result fits into a pattern
Thu, Dec 26, 2019

In keeping with recent trends across the country, this Assembly poll saw a focus on local issues and a limited influence of the central leaders of parties, particularly the BJP.

Despite losing assembly elections, BJP has been successful in setting the agenda
Tue, Dec 24, 2019

BJP loses another state, but continues to make its opponents become more like BJP to fight it

Response to politics and policy: Kejriwal remains popular among Delhi voters, survey shows
Sat, Dec 14, 2019

Kejriwal remains popular among Delhi voters, most of whom appear satisfied with his govt’s performance in the last five years, a Lokniti-CSDS survey shows.

Scars of CAB protests will further burn bridges between northeast and rest of India
Sat, Dec 14, 2019

Politics after CAB: On the one hand, are principles emptied of meaning. On the other, a clear-headed majoritarian project.

In Maharashtra, failure of politics is coupled with institutional abdication and rigging
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

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.

Ayodhya verdict opens door for claims based on community identity, construction of faith
Mon, Nov 11, 2019

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?

Haryana, Maharashtra results show Modi model may be reaching its plateau
Sat, Oct 26, 2019

We may be looking at voter fatigue with the Modi model amid continued voter endorsement of Modi.

In Maharashtra, BJP works on constructing all-India politics while also appropriating the regional space
Fri, Oct 18, 2019

In Maharashtra, the party works on constructing all-India politics while also appropriating the regional space

The PM’s ideas remain short on promise, high on word play 
Fri, Aug 16, 2019

On Independence Day, we heard the aspiring statesman, the man of ideas, the debater, the polemicist, the ruthless executive.