Vinay Sitapati

The writer teaches at Ashoka University.

Articles By Vinay Sitapati

Election is the ideology

A hundred years after the birth of Hindu nationalism, Narendra Modi’s victory embodies its original vision.

Bharat Ratna Nanaji Deshmukh: Politician who held no political office, shaped BJP

Nanaji was also uncomfortable with Vajpayee’s decision to merge the Jana Sangh into the Janata Party in 1977, and his decision to move the new BJP in a ‘Gandhian socialist’ direction in 1980.

Liberal and nationalist

Vajpayee’s persona was shaped by LK Advani, Rajkumari Kaul and Parliament.

Loneliness of Asma Jahangir

Asma’s loneliness reflected the place that civil society — even the incremental, bourgeois variety — had in Pakistan. In most other countries, what she did would have been heroic but hardly life-threatening. And for all her celebrity status abroad, Asma lacked a constituency within Pakistan.

A Patriot And A Gentleman

Naresh Chandra underplayed his role in nuclear programme, economic liberalisation.

The right skills at the right time: why politicians flocked to Chandraswami

By the 1980s, Chandraswami had rebranded himself as an international guru.

Personal doctor says Narasimha Rao’s reaction to Babri demolition was honest agitation

In his new book, Half Lion: How Narasimha Rao Transformed India, author Vinay Sitapati has some answers.

IB gave Narasimha Rao list of Congmen, ministers against 1991 reforms

How former Prime Minister pushed economic reforms past Congress, BJP, India Inc, helped by Manmohan Singh.

Day after Babri Masjid demolition, Narasimha Rao kept tabs on Sonia Gandhi courtesy the IB

She in turn used Congress leaders to keep an eye on him, says new book. Author Vinay Sitapati, who got unprecedented access to Rao’s personal papers, writes for The Indian Express.

From vikas to vote

This election proved that voters are looking to fashion a future, not reward the past. Modi will have to govern like he campaigned.

Long, bumpy road between development and votes

A visit to West Champaran to find out why a rural roads revolution does not seem to be working for the Nitish Kumar government this election.

Where a teen cannot spell, more schools cannot chase more votes

In this part of a series on constituencies that have improved on social indicators, The Indian Express visits Ghazipur, where the number of schools has increased but the quality of education has not improved.

Gujarat model, built by many hands, marketed with one face

The Indian Express travels to the Panchmahals and finds out how its strides in electrification reflect in the campaign.

Dravidian majors take election joyride on UPA’s flagship

Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu has made the longest strides in NREGA, Sonia Gandhi’s grandest scheme, but DMK and AIADMK are marketing it to their advantage,

Is there a vikas vote? Healthier babies make not a whimper on campaign pitch

The Indian Express travels to constituencies that have seen the sharpest improvement on various social indicators during the UPA years and finds out if that change is an election issue.

A campaign finance law that bites

That's what the AAP can now help bring in.

Freeing the caged parrot

On CBI reform,the court stepped in where the government failed. But that cannot be the end of the story

The virtuous on the ramparts

At a time when democracy is seen to be beyond repair,Justice Verma taught us that change happens when good people work within the limits of institutions

A question of standards,not principle

The Novartis verdict is not about innovation vs socialism. It has to do with higher vs lower standards

How not to unfriend Narendra Modi

The petition by academics and activists against Modi’s talk at Wharton misunderstands what a university stands for