Articles by Ajaz Ashraf
Nov 09, 2017
Delhi pollution: Toxicity of constitutional arrangement between L-G, state government is choking citizensDelhi’s air is turning poisonous because its politics too has. The crisis underscores the perils of having as government an unelected entity–which the Lieutenant Governor is.
Nov 03, 2017
Secret Superstar: How Advait Chandan's film critiques Saudi Arabia, and nudges Hindus of GujaratSecret Superstar’s charm lies in conveying a range of meanings without taking recourse to preachy dialogues. This is why its critique of Saudi Arabia is compelling, it nudge to Gujarati Hindus inoffensive.
Oct 30, 2017
The new Rahul Gandhi is because of the New India: Congress VP's idea echoes sentiments of nationIn other words, it is not Rahul who has changed. What has changed is the socio-political context in which he operates.
Oct 28, 2017
Gujarat Assembly Election 2017: Hardik Patel's quest for reservation to Patidars as OBCs is politically unviableThe power of Hardik Patel as a symbol arises from the challenge he represents to the Indian state’s reservation policy for the OBCs.
Oct 27, 2017
Paika rebellion of Odisha was spectacular, but Prakash Javadekar dubbing it as 'India's first war of independence' is a stretchIt would be a stretch to call the Paika rebellion India’s first war of Independence. This is because the British witnessed a string of uprisings from the very inception of its rule, largely because traditional rights were extinguished or redefined and land rents were jacked up.
Aug 23, 2017
Supreme Court's 3:2 majority ruling on triple talaq hasn't clinched debate on reforming Muslim personal lawsThe Supreme Court's 3:2 majority decision to strike down triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat, also known as instant talaq, hasn't clinched the debate on the method of reforming personal laws, particularly Muslim Personal Law
Jul 29, 2017
Nitish Kumar quits Mahagathbandhan: Sacrificing secularism for clean governance is just myopicBihar CM Nitish Kumar’s decision to switch from Grand Alliance to NDA has come to signify to many the primacy of anti-corruption over secularism.
Jul 27, 2017
Nitish Kumar joins hands with BJP, weakens himself immeasurably ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha electionThe underlying cause behind Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s interminable twists and turns is that his ambition is far bigger than his mass base
Mar 06, 2017
Election 2017: How 11 March verdict will script new chapter for Modi, Rahul, Akhilesh et alAmong them, the primary focus of political pundits will be on Modi. They will analyse the results of the five state Assembly elections to determine the degree to which the popularity of Modi remains intact or has diminished.
Feb 09, 2017
UP Election 2017: Five reasons why Muslims don't vote the BSP in as high numbers as they shouldAs Uttar Pradesh prepares to elect its Assembly, it would be apposite to ask: Why don’t Muslims vote for the BSP in numbers far higher than what they do?