Monday, 20 August, 2018

Topic: Gujarat Elections 2017

Activists of Bajrang Dal during a bike rally

Voters support BJP not for love but for keeping away rabid anti-Hindus in Congress camp

The fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to sweat it out in his home, despite no organised opposition , says a lot about the voters' mind now.
Other Backward Class leader Alpesh Thakor with Congress president Rahul Gandhi

We had the Modi factor in 2014, this time there seems to be the birth of the Rahul factor

Rahul Gandhi’s trust in the new leadership of Patidars, OBCs, and Dalits has been successful in creating a generational shift in the electoral competition.
Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray | Arvind Yadav/ Getty Images

BJP ally Shiv Sena’s move to go solo in Gujarat backfires, gets only 0.5% vote share

Despite consistent attempts, Sena has not been successful in expanding beyond Maharashtra even as its alliance with BJP is going through a rough patch.
Patidar Anamant Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel addresses the media in Ahmedabad on Monday.

Hardik Patel, a debacle foretold

Hardik Patel joins a list of demagogues in the subcontinent who pick up an ethnic, religious or caste group’s grievance and build it into a persecution complex.
नरेंद्र मोदी अमित शाह

गुजरात में ‘केवट’ मोदी ने भाजपा की डूबती नय्या को कराया पार

चुनाव-प्रचार के दौरान कांग्रेस ने भाजपा की कमियों पर प्रहार किया, लेकिन खुद प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी का कोई तोड़ उनके पास नहीं था.
Rahul Gandhi at Som

Did the Congress benefit from Rahul Gandhi’s temple tourism? Here’s what the data shows

Rahul visited more than 20 temples of many faiths, including the influential BAPS and Khodaldham, to Dalit icon Megh Mahya's temple.
A file photo of Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani

Jignesh Mevani inside the Gujarat assembly is a nightmare to the BJP

If Vikaas is a big balloon, Jignesh Mevani is the pin that can burst it.
लोगों का अभिवादन करते जिग्नेश मेवाणी

आखिर एक दलित के लिए क्या मायने रखती है जिग्नेश की जीत

मैं महसूस कर सकता हूं कि अतीत में आपको क्या कुछ से गुजरना पड़ा होगा क्योंकि एक दलित लड़का कुछ करना चाहे तो उसे हमेशा मुश्किलों का सामना करना पड़ता है. लो...
समर्थकों के बीच नरेंद्र मोदी

मोदी के करिश्माई चुनाव अभियान की बदौलत ही गुजरात में बच पाई भाजपा

प्रधानमंत्री ने जो तूफानी चुनाव अभियान चलाया, वह सफल बचाव कार्य में बदल गया और वह विपक्ष से बाजी मारने में मददगार साबित हुआ.
A graphic depicting Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi

Rahul Gandhi vs Narendra Modi: What the star campaigners got right & wrong in Gujarat

Congress treated Mevani-Patel-Thakor as political fragments, and didn't incorporate their arguments in its electoral agenda for a new political narrative.
Former Indian Prime Minister and leader of Bhartiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Four headlines & a funeral: How Indian media got the Vajpayee coverage completely wrong

Some talking heads were even trying to say that the emotional outpouring for Vajpayee was much more than it was for Indira. Instead of comparing the working st...

Indian Army reforms: Cutting administrative flab or needless downsizing?

Army chief General Bipin Rawat is set to issue orders to reduce personnel at the Army Headquarters (AHQ) in New Delhi. The move is being viewed as an indirect a...