HINDUSTAN TIMES | Rahul hoped to avoid the taint of misgovernance by staying outside government. Unfortunately, power is poison; if you have it, you must drink it too, and suffer the consequences.
ECONOMIC TIMES | Modi fought and won a presidential-style election promising helmsmanship of mythic proportions, but the system he now heads is parliamentary not presidential, federal not unitary
If the struggle of Narendra Modi for power is the struggle of forgetting over memory, his victory represents a collective leap towards an uncertain future.
In which I fielded live questions from readers at a new ‘town hall’ type website…
If 180-200 seats range represents a danger zone for the BJP, anything beyond that would provide a comfortable platform for Modi.
Ever since February, when Modi said “harassed” Hindus from Bangladesh and the rest of the world had the right to come back to India, the BJP has been tying itself in knots over the issue.
The argument that the BJP leader would be constrained either by his allies or India’s institutions is deeply flawed.
The easy, communal equation Modi draws between the observance of Hindu religious practices and Indian identity is a reminder of how central the idea of a ‘Hindu rashtra’ is to his own belief system and to the politics of the BJP.
Should we worry that Modi may be spending as much on advertising as Obama spent on his entire 2012 campaign?
A study finds that wealth increases the chances of winning, and a combination of wealth and criminal record increases it further.
Azam Khan wanted to drive fence-sitting Hindus into the BJP’s arms in order to ensure fence-sitting Muslims stay with SP.
The exertions of journalists who interviewed Modi have been as weak as the SIT’s which questioned him on the riots.
Indian politics is becoming increasingly dominated by the richest sections of society; dynasty is merely a symptom of that sickness.