While interacting with the students of IIT Gandhinagar recently, I observed that most of them still believed in Modi, and Gujarat was a safe place for women, unlike most of the states.
The youth of Gujarat who are reaching the voting age of 18 for the first time in this election were 15-16 years old when the state voted overwhelmingly to make Modi the Prime Minister. Naturally, at that time, the Modi craze was very high.
A majority of first-time voters in Gujarat are students. And in the current election campaign, there are two major issues that student face.
Communal tension is not an issue even for 1% of the first-time voters of Gujarat in 2017 as unemployment and inflation remain top worries.
The young voters not only seem to be enormously interested in these elections, they are also likely to vote for the Congress in much bigger numbers than they had ever in the past.
The debate around the historical accuracy of fictional cinema like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati raises critical questions, once again, about barring art for hurting ‘public sentiment’.
The emergence of Patidar leader Hardik Patel's private videos in the middle of a heated election campaign raises questions about just how much such scandals affect election outcomes.
There is plenty of recent evidence that suggests personal porn as a political tactic doesn’t work in India, writes Shekhar Gupta.
Indian voters make a crucial distinction between sexual harassment and intimate sexual relations between consenting individuals, writes Prof Ashwani Kumar.
Gujarat is looking for a Vikas CD a not a CD of someone’s personal life, writes Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani