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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.
Voters stand in queues outside a polling station in Jaipur | PTI

Political parties dominate India’s national elections, not candidates

Number of candidates in each constituency has grown rapidly since Independence but an independent has a very small likelihood of winning a Lok Sabha seat.
File photo of a woman casting her vote at a polling station in Varanasi | Pankaj Nangia/ Bloomberg News

3 charts challenge lazy thinking on voter turnout and its link to literacy & urbanisation

In 2014, the voter turnout increased considerably across the board, and the most significant increase was witnessed in large cities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

In Uttar Pradesh, the third Modi wave is as strong as 2014 and 2017

The SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, despite its strong caste arithmetic, is unable to woo any of Narendra Modi’s voters.
File photo of voters in Varanasi | Pankaj Nangia/ Bloomberg News

Why voters don’t turn up in larger numbers in Lok Sabha elections – all politics is local

Panchayat leaders make decisions that can have a direct and immediate impact on villagers.
An election officer put an indelible ink mark on the finger of a voter | PTI

This data shows why Indian MPs don’t truly represent their people

An Indian MP represents nearly 25 lakh people, which is much more than what MPs in countries like Britain, Canada or the US do.
Election Commission of India has asked Facebook to block political advertisement 48 hours before the election

Visually impaired and blind voters to be provided with Braille voter slips

The Election Commission also plans to provide Braille election photo identity cards to visually challenged voters.
Security personnel outside a 'pink' polling booth for women ahead of Madhya Pradesh assembly election | PTI

Women voters in Madhya Pradesh want jobs, not sanitary napkins and cooking gas

Madhya Pradesh revealed a fundamental disconnect between party perceptions and women voters’ expectations.
An election campaign rally in Gujarat, India | Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Why vote buying doesn’t work in India

With a secret ballot, voters are free to vote for whomever they wish, regardless of any promised or received benefits.
A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Like the Congress, the BJP also isn’t listening to what voters say they want

The BJP leaders don’t seem to be getting the message the voters are sending them. Their deafness will lead to major shifts that they will not like.

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.