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R Jagannathan

Oct 25, 2014

Behind Pankaj Mishra’s rants: A pathology of self-hate and Hindu-phobia

What makes a NYT always choose writers like Pankaj Mishra, who seem to have nothing positive ever to say about any Indian aspiration? The Mishras and the rabid Hindutva fanatic are two sides of the same coin of self-hate and denial #Amarty Sen #Arundhati Roy #Hindu-Phobia #Hindutva #India #InMyOpinion #Martha Nussbaum #New York Times #NYT #Pankaj Mishra #Self-hate #US #West

Oct 22, 2014

The new Modi-Doval doctrine on Pakistan is more robust than Manmohan’s

The new NDA policy of hitting Pakistan back hard when provoked is a much-needed corrective to the old policy of not doing anything to escalate tensions. #Ajit Doval #diplomacy #India-Pakistan Ties #LoC firing #Narendra Modi #Nuclear Doctrine #The Neighbourhood

Oct 21, 2014

AIMIM’s Maharashtra debut shows Muslims turning away from secular parties

The two victories of the AIMIM in Maharashtra shows yet again that Muslims are looking for alternatives beyond the traditional "secular" parties who, they feel, have let them down by treating them only as vote banks #AIMIM #AUDF #IUML #Maharashtra Assembly polls #Minority votes #Muslim Vote Bank #PoliticsDecoder #Secular Parties

Oct 20, 2014

Ms Nota beats 9 parties in Maharashtra; would have got 1-3 seats as a party

Nearly one percent of the voters pressed the "none of the above" - or Nota - button in the Maharashtra assembly elections. Nota had enough votes to elect 1-3 MLAs in this election. #Ballot #Election Commission #EVMs #Gadchiroli #Maharashtra elections #Maharashtra Results #none of the above #NOTA #PoliticsDecoder #Voting

Oct 19, 2014

Blame it on voteshare: 2 reasons why BJP missed a majority in Maharashtra

In a first-past-the-post system, a party gains disproportionately in seats for every percentage point gain in vote share after 25 percent. The BJP hit around 26.5 percent this time; it needed 29-30 percent to win a majority in a five-horse race #AIMIM #BJP #Congress #India #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #Maharashtra polls #MNS #NCP #Politics #Shiv Sena

Oct 19, 2014

Poll results: Modi-Shah were bang on in Haryana, but missed the bus in Maharashtra

The BJP has established that it is the big brother in Maharashtra, but it has not proved it can win on its own. It's best bet is to woo the Sena back into government - as that is vital for government formation #Assembly Elections #BJP-Sena Tieup #Congress #Haryana Assembly Election 2014 #HJC #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #NCP #Shiv Sena

Oct 18, 2014

Bringing back black money: Why name-and-shame alone won’t work in India

Beyond some public rejoicing over the naming of Indians with illegal wealth stashed abroad, a name-and-shame policy will not deter future evaders or help bring the money in. We need a carrot-and-stick approach to the problem, #Amnesty Schemes #Black money #CBI #Mauritius Route #NDA Statement #Swiss Bank accounts #Tax Havens

Oct 17, 2014

Bad news for errant netas: Despite bail, Jayalalithaa judgement sets key precedent

Jayalalithaa's case could herald the beginning of the end of the old way of politicians gaming the system by seeking endless adjournments and delays. #Bail #Bangalore #CriticalPoint #disproportionate assets #J. Jayalalithaa #Jaya case #Lalu Prasad #Political corruption #Tamil Nadu

Oct 16, 2014

Narendra Modi’s secret sauce: Why new India is gung-ho about him

The Mandal-Mandir movements and the economic liberalisation of the 1990s have collectively transformed and created a new India voter. This is what Modi has understood best. Hence his success. #Assembly Elections 2014 #economic reforms #Haryana polls #Maharashtra polls #Mandal #Mandir #Narendra Modi

Oct 16, 2014

Exit polls prove voter in Maharashtra is the smartest of them all

Whichever way you look at it, you have to doff your Gandhi cap to the canniest voter of them all: the humble Maharashtrian. #BJP #Congress #India #Maharashtra #Maharashtra Assembly Election 2014 #MNS #NCP #Politics #Sharad Pawar #Shiv Sena