articles by Alka Pande

Politics

Muslim votes: Nervous Mulayam showers sops on community

If the Muslim community decides to turn its back on the Samajwadi Party, it would mean the end of Mulyam Singh Yadav's prime ministerial ambition.

Politics

Political parties rush to cash in on UP sugar crisis

The tussle is that while farmers demand a high price to cane, the industry demands a low price to make the mills viable to run.

Politics

Muzaffarnagar riots: Blame prior atrocities, not SP govt, say Muslim groups

If there is an iota of truth in the stories, narrated in a hushed tone by the students of International Islamic Institute Darul Ulum Deoband, its students were being harassed long before the violence began.

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Amit Shah may be the game changer for BJP in Uttar Pradesh

After 15 years of slump, the BJP appears to be alive and kicking in Uttar Pradesh. It has set an ambitious target of getting at least 40 Parliament seats in the upcoming elections.

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Why the 2014 polls could spell the end of Congress in UP

While all political parties in Uttar Pradesh are already getting prepared for the next general elections, the Congress is in the process of redesigning its structure.

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Is VHP a spent force in Uttar Pradesh?

Neither the saints nor the common people of Ayodhya town were enthused by the VHP’s chaurasi kosi parikrama.

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200 and counting: Why small parties never die out in Uttar Pradesh

Forming a small party keeps leaders alive in politics. And it offers them a good platform to bargain with the bigger players.

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How Akhilesh used communal card to suspend IAS officer Durga Nagpal

The demolition of a mosque boundary wall could be an excuse to protect the interest of the sand mafia.

Politics

Caste politics and UP: Mayawati's comments tell us why it won't end

Mayawati's claiming that she will continue to hold caste-based rallies under different names is perhaps a sign of how parties can't break away from caste-based politics.

India

Uttarakhand survivor tales: 'Saw my husband die in front of me'

Two survivor tales from Uttarakhand, where tens of thousands were stranded while many others died in unprecedented monsoon rains.

India

Uttarakhand floods: Families tell their tales of courage and fear

Families talk to Firstpost about their narrow escapes, as well as their continued fears for loved ones who are still missing

India

UP Diary: SP leaders in image makeover mode with an eye on polls

From Brahmins in demand to Akhilesh Yadav's desperation, here's what grabbed headlines in UP recently.

India

Toilets in India: The statistics stink

The sorry state of affairs has been confirmed by the latest baseline survey under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, earlier Total Sanitation Campaign.

India

Uttar Pradesh diary: Campus goons and Mulayam’s summer sweat

With the goons back on the Lucknow University campus, is it a signal that the polls are not far away?

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Why Mulayam’s political antics give Muslims the jitters

The SP chief’s strategy to make the Congress and the BSP irrelevant in the general elections may have backfired.

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DSP’s murder: Why we can never underestimate Raja Bhaiya

The canny operator may have bitten off more than he can chew, but don’t underestimate his political survival skills.