Articles by Ajaz Ashraf
Jul 13, 2019
Sakshi Mishra is real-life equivalent of Article 15's hero and a model for Ambedkar's ideas on inter-caste marriageSakshi, the 23-year-old daughter of BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra, used social media as a weapon to neutralise the superior might of her father, who was allegedly opposed to her marrying Ajitesh, a Dalit.
Jul 04, 2019
Rahul Gandhi's resignation as Congress chief a conscious exercise of power, grudging acceptance that organisation needs to be rebuiltOne thing the resignation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president will not do to him is to reduce his status to even that of primus inter pares or first among equals. He will continue to tower over other party leaders. It is to him they will turn for settling factional disputes, build consensus on contentious policy issues, and campaign for them during elections.
Jun 25, 2019
44th anniversary of Emergency: How love letters between Madhu and Pramila Dandavate in jail defied odds of authoritarian ruleThe letters of the Dandavates are both a celebration of their love as well as defiance of the authoritarian rule, their refusal to bend and submit to it during the 1975 Emergency.
Jun 13, 2019
Understanding politics of violence in West Bengal: Shaped by fault lines in social structures, politicians play zero-sum game to maintain dominanceSocial scientists have called West Bengal's model of rural society post-1977 as 'party-society', which signifies a blurring of the line between the society and the party.
Jun 07, 2019
Disquiet and fury in Dalit middle class over Mayawati's decision to break mahagathbandhanThe mahagathbandhan, stitched up in January, promised to squeeze out the bitterness from the Dalit-Yadav relationship and reconfigure their ties to their mutual benefit.
Jun 04, 2019
Widespread use of NOTA in Bihar should compel EC to tweak rules, improve option's efficacyBihar's romance with NOTA in the Lok Sabha elections should persuade the Election Commission to alter the rules to turn it into a more lethal political weapon.
May 24, 2019
After Congress' poor show in Lok Sabha election, Rahul Gandhi must find a new way for party and self to connect with peopleThe disastrous performance of the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha election will prompt many to deride party president Rahul Gandhi, who fought hard to pull his party out of the existential crisis in which it has been permanently trapped
May 18, 2019
Akhilesh Yadav is the politician to look out for no matter the magnitude of his success in Lok Sabha elections 2019It is to Akhilesh’s credit that he has succeeded in assuaging Mayawati’s doubts. No doubt, the compulsion of survival prompted them to sweep aside the bitterness of the past, including the murderous attack that the SP MLAs mounted on Mayawati on 2 June, 1995.
May 15, 2019
Rahul Gandhi's political adaptation of Buddhist philosophy of loving-kindness is just not cutting iceIt is possible his reading and practising of Buddhism has transformed him, but Rahul Gandhi is still a long way away from turning loving-kindness into a political weapon against the BJP-RSS.
May 06, 2019
Hypocrisy of Delhi liberals: Afraid they'll split anti-BJP votes, the lot is obsessed with gauging if AAP or Congress is bestThe desperation that Uttar Pradesh's Muslims once felt is now that of the Delhi liberals largely because of the Congress' failure to ally with AAP.