articles by Ambikanand Sahay

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Nitish Kumar's clean image at stake, continued silence on CBI raids on Lalu Yadav's properties won't help

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar can either retain Lalu Prasad Yadav's son Tejashwi Yadav in his cabinet and take a beating to his clean image, or, let the Mahagathbandhan be blown away into oblivion

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Lalu Prasad Yadav has survived scams, court cases: CBI raids may slow him down, not keep him out

Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is smarting under the onslaught of law enforcement agencies on one hand and his political adversaries on the other, has decided to fight back with all the power at his command? It's because Lalu hasn't lost hope

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Nitish Kumar's press meet slamming Congress shows a fresh political equation has emerged

Understanding Nitish Kumar’s existentialism in the otherwise turbulent waters of the phenomenon called Mahagathbandhan becomes easier in the backdrop of Jean-Paul Satre’s experience

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Bihar Mahagathbandhan at crossroads: Seasoned Nitish keeps options open as heavyweights like Lalu fight it out

Saint Kabir’s message to his fellow man is clear: Beware! Don’t get caught between the wheels of the machine. If you do, you shall be ground to dust. It’s not that Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar hasn’t read Kabir. He is a well-read man. Street-smart too. Little wonder then that he has leaped to safety from the machine.

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Darjeeling on the boil: Protests have made Mamata Banerjee a stronger leader across Bengal

The Opposition has been caught wrong-footed completely. They are faced with a dilemma: If they support creation of Gorkhaland, the Bengali masses would turn against them. And if they don't, Mamata Banerjee would get stronger

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Presidential Election 2017: Ram Nath Kovind is BJP's ace in hole for Gujarat polls

“Caste may be bad. Caste may lead to conduct so gross as to be called man's inhumanity to man. All the same, it must be recognized that the Hindus observe caste not because they are inhuman or wrong-headed. They observe caste because they are deeply religious”, observed BR Ambedkar, a long time ago.

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Mamata Banerjee wants to rekindle Bengal's glorious past undeterred by the state's troublesome present

Undeterred by the turmoil in Darjeeling, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continues to be busy pursuing her latest passion: Rekindling the flames of Bengali pride.

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BJP and Opposition gear up for 2019: Will it be Mandal versus Kamandal once again?

To understand what’s happening in battleground Uttar Pradesh ahead of 2019 elections in correct perspective, you would do well to recall Martin Luther King Junior’s words of wisdom

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Saharanpur violence: Bad blood between Dalits, upper castes puts BJP in a catch-22 situation

Saharanpur continues to be on the boil with both muscle-flexing Rajputs and equally assertive Dalits locked in a no-holds-barred struggle for one-upmanship at the social level.

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3 years of Narendra Modi government: Political chaos in UP, Bihar has BJP govt feeling secure about 2019

The saffron bandwagon under Narendra Modi is seen merrily galloping towards its 2019 target, and anti-BJP forces appear to be in a state of disarray

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Samajwadi Party splits? No one knows for sure until Mulayam chooses between brother and son

“If you are not confused, you are not paying attention”, says one of the best management gurus of the modern era, Tom Peters. True! Tom Peters’ oft-quoted remark appears even more accurate when you try to make heads or tails of the ongoing intra-party politics of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh. You are bound to get confused, even flummoxed.

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Arvind Kejriwal's truce with Kumar Vishwas is no panacea for all the ills that ail AAP

The overall scene within AAP is far from being smooth despite the otherwise superficial patch up. The problem is that the very persona of Arvind Kejriwal has become problematic.

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MCD Election 2017: Arvind Kejriwal should end EVM blame game, learn from Shiv Sena on being better loser

Arvind Kejriwal has expressed the hope that “good people who had left the party will return to its fold”. It’s a different thing if the good people who had moved away may now find the party to be too bad to get back.

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BJP dominates India's political rankings as mahagathbandhan will remain a pipedream

Like it or not, BJP has replaced Congress as the numero uno political force in India. And the prospects of a 'mahagathbandhan' do look bleak — bleaker than ever before

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Yogi Adityanath's office in Lucknow is virtually an extension of the PMO

It won't be surprising if Yogi Adityanath's office is, sooner than later, turned into an extension of the prime minister’s office for all practical purposes

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Uttar Pradesh Election 2017: BJP appears to be facing an existential crisis

If signals emanating from the grass root level in Western Uttar Pradesh are being read correctly, the BJP appears to be facing an existential crisis.

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UP Election 2017: With battlelines drawn, here's how BJP, BSP and SP-Congress combine stack up

Now that the electoral battlelines have been drawn in Uttar Pradesh, it’s time to view the big picture holistically.

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UP Election 2017: Will 'imported' candidates help or hurt BJP?

“Choubey gaye Chhabbey banane, Dubey banker lautey”. Those who know colloquial Hindi will understand the nuance of this wise, age-old adage instantly. And those who don’t, here is a close English parallel that explains BJP’s current predicament in battleground Uttar Pradesh: “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”.

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UP Election 2017: Akhilesh's tie up with Congress is a ploy to keep the Muslim votes intact

Both Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav appear to have, at long last, found merit in Elizabeth Foley’s well-known maxim: “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”

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UP Election 2017: Novelty and rebellion factors make Akhilesh Yadav a front-runner

Akhilesh Yadav, who finds himself on the right side of both novelty and rebellion factors, appears to be pushing forward the whole hog with one asset — brand Akhilesh