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File photo | BJP supporters walk past paper cut outs of PM Modi during a rally in Muzaffarpur, Bihar | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

How politicians win and lose the trust of voters

There are things Modi does to win and retain the trust of voters. The opposition could learn from him.
First-time voters in Delhi assembly election | Photo: ThePrint

Whatever happened to the aspirational Indian?

No government could ever be good enough for the aspirational voter, until one fine day, the voter stopped being aspirational. 
Karnataka MP A. Narayanaswamy | Facebook

Data shows Dalit MPs battle parties, voters and prejudice even in reserved seats

The Chitradurga MP’s experience exemplifies how upper castes respond to Dalit politicians, even in 2019.
PM Modi in Lok Sabha

India matlab Narendra Modi: How the PM learnt branding from Coca-Cola

Modi has followed the marketing strategy of fast-moving consumer goods and sold himself as the biggest brand of ‘vikaspanthi’ politics.
File photo| Narendra Modi during an election campaign in Uttar Pradesh | PTI

If pollsters are playing safe this time, BJP’s final Lok Sabha tally can be higher

If your interest is in specific states, then there is still some suspense left for you on 23 May.
Voters wait in line at a polling station in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh | T. Narayan | Bloomberg

What Muslims in India say about Balakot, national security, ISIS and Kashmir

Muslims are highly confused as their religious identity is seen as an anti-thesis to the nation’s security.
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.
Members of the media | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

When paid news becomes the practice, media objectivity obviously takes a back seat

Who funds elections is an open secret, but nothing much is written about it in the media, write Jaishri Jathwaney & Samir Kapur in their book ‘When India Votes’.
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Not only votes, but dividing the opposition helps political parties win elections in India

In their book The Verdict, authors Prannoy Roy and Dorab R. Sopariwala write how the ‘divide and rule’ strategy has been paying electoral dividends in India.
Sabarimala temple in Kerala | PTI

Congress’ stand on Sabarimala can determine BJP’s success in Kerala

On Sabarimala, all political parties have taken positions like deft chess players trying to checkmate the other.

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Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

Turkey waging new war of economic liberation, says Erdogan after country’s currency falls

Erogan's speech follows the Turkish lira weakening to a record low of 8.3849 per dollar on Friday.


Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.