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Muslim women supporters of BJP with masks of Narendra Modi | Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Muslim votes matter: Here’s how they voted for BJP after 2014

Muslim voters have refused to be recognised as the main opponent of the BJP’s Hindutva politics.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Getty Images

This election, a lot of people are rooting for a weak Modi

In 2014, India wanted a strong leader. He turned out to be a bit too strong.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi during a rally in Rajasthan | PTI

Defeating Modi at any cost may suit Modi-baiters, but it can’t arrest Congress slide

Congress is aware of ground realities and has made effort to shift narrative from just national security to jobs, farmers and corruption.
BJP

It’s a myth that 2014 election was exceptional in the vote share of winning candidates

At the constituency level, the 2009 election was the most competitive election India witnessed in the last five decades.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | PTI

Pollsters hate to be wrong, but they will be about BJP in 2019

Election forecast for 2019 will be a replica of 2004 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee lost despite his popularity ratings being way above everybody else.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP president Amit Shah | Atul Yadav/PTI

Five reasons why Modi-Shah’s ‘politics of fear’ is not a good strategy for 2019

The politics of fear may alienate voters who flocked to the BJP in 2014, on its promise of fulfilling aspirations.
PM Narendra Modi in front of the Statue of Unity | @PMOIndia/ Twitter

The inside story of how ‘Statue of Unity’ helped make Narendra Modi Prime Minister in 2014

It was more crucial than Chai Pe Charcha or 3D hologram rallies.

On Camera

With the anti-poor lockdown, BJP is back to its upper caste, middle class, urban roots

Demonetisation’s political gain was to rebrand the BJP as a pro-poor party. The poorly implemented coronavirus lockdown is undoing that image.

Jails give Covid-19 parole: Can overstretched govt track prisoners’ movement and behaviour?

Prisons across India have begun to release inmates on parole after the Supreme Court directed to decongest jails to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Defence

Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Ready to operate beyond mandate to fight the pandemic: CDS Bipin Rawat

In interview to ThePrint, Rawat also says Quick Reaction Medical Teams (QRMTs) have been readied to mobilise at short notice to meet the requirements of civil administration.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.