Tuesday, 9 August, 2022
Topic2014 Lok Sabha elections

Topic: 2014 Lok Sabha elections

8 years on, Modi the storyteller is gone, but the story of hope endures

Today, Modi’s legacy is in the hands of 1.25 crore Indians who are still searching for 'achhe din' — good days that the BJP leader promised in 2014 to storm to power.

Not vikas, Modi’s 2019 election was built on politics of vishwas

BJP’s political mobilisation for 2019 was not based on standard models of democratic accountability and issue-based politics, which place power in the hands of citizenry.

The new voters for Modi’s BJP are poorer, more majoritarian but not as religious

A new study has shown that the profile of the first-time BJP voter in 2019 almost mirrors Indian society, with the singular exception of religious minorities.

There’s an aeroplane on my roof

It can break your heart to tell the story of the terminal decline of a state you so love, where you grew up and...

After May 16

Bid goodbye to the way things have been in India's politics. Whatever his tally finally, Narenda Modi will have risen as India’s preeminent political personality.

If Modi wins on Sunday

On the eve of the 2002 Gujarat elections, I had stuck my neck out to predict, somewhat audaciously, that if Narendra Modi wins, it...

The Congress’s Modi

Narendra Modi, a divisive and polarising figure, is as much a candidate of the Congress as the BJP: it is just that one is trying to make him win, and the other to make him lose.

Lok Sabha, 2014

A party will win or lose the next election depending on whether it can dump some of its awful, outdated and politically suicidal basic instinct or not.

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Representational image | Indian Navy/Facebook

Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.


Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.