articles by Ambikanand Sahay

Politics

2017 UP Assembly Election: There's more to UP politics than shoe thrown at Rahul Gandhi

Samajwadi Party's internal confusion continues while BJP finds a new catchy topic to contest the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election

India

Uri attack: How an aggressive BJP in Opposition has toned down its response in power

These outbursts for a military action in the social media apart, even journalists in the print and audio-visual platforms were busy recalling studiously ‘who had said what’ in similar circumstances during the Congress rule.

Politics

Akhilesh-Shivpal rift: Never mind Yadav clan's theatrics and politics, it’s the dawn of a new era in SP

If you look beyond the otherwise confusing optics, theatrics and politics that has been bedevilling the Yadava clan during the past five days, you would get a feeling that it’s, in fact, the dawn of a new era in the Samajwadi Party. Yes, that’s clear.

Politics

Samajwadi Party drama: Akhilesh Yadav's truce with uncle Shivpal says little, hides more

There is no clarity on the issue despite Mulayam Singh Yadav’s otherwise vague observation that all is fine within the family, the party and the government.

Politics

Samajwadi Party hogs limelight as rise of Akhilesh Yadav threatens 'chacha' Shivpal's raj

While the patriarch, Mulayam Singh, has taken a neutral position, Ram Gopal Yadav, who happens to be the party’s face in Delhi, is seen to be backing Akhilesh’s cause solidly.

Politics

Samajwadi Party drama: Here are five possible outcomes of Akhilesh-Shivpal feud

With the floodgates of fresh political possibilities having been thrown open by the ongoing feud within the ruling Samajwadi Party, anything can happen. Anytime.

Politics

Mulayam Singh's lesson to Akhilesh: Survive, win UP polls, then talk development

There is a huge generation gap between the son Akhilesh Yadav and his team and the father Mulayam Singh Yadav, uncles and their confidants on the other.

Politics

PM Modi has an uphill task, BJP never seen as party of development in Uttar Pradesh

Despite Prime Minister Modi saying so in as many words time and again, people in UP don’t generally identify the BJP with ‘politics of development’.

Politics

Mayawati’s underdog status hasn't stopped the BSP supremo from emerging UP's kingmaker

For the ensuing assembly elections, Mayawati is working on an altogether different strategy. She is busy giving shape to a Dalit-Muslim consolidation in her favour.

Politics

VVIP housing: It's simple, change the goalpost, score a stately bungalow

After all, friend Akhilesh Yadav is there to lend a helping hand even in the face of an adverse Supreme Court judgment.

World

Narendra Modi's Balochistan push is causing political earthquakes across Pakistan

Right from the moment the ‘B’ word was uttered by Modi from the Red Fort on 15 August, the ghost of Balochistan has been travelling far and wide.

Politics

UP's caste politics: Congress wants Brahmins back, hoping that Muslims would revisit them

The Congress genuinely believes that once the Brahmins get back to the party, Muslims would revisit them as always in the last century.

Politics

Uttar Pradesh 2017: How politics of trivialities is causing anxiety in the poll-bound state

Uttar Pradesh continues to witness ‘politics of trivialities’ non-stop. Issues, which would otherwise appear as silly, laughable, mundane or even stupid, are being thrown up to score brownie points against political adversaries.

Politics

PM takes on 'cow vigilantes': Has Moditva started ascending over Hindutva?

Prime Minister Modi's uncharacteristic hammering of the case against the so-called protectors of mother cow has, in turn, raised two key questions.

Politics

Modi-Sonia warmth, GST bonhomie are all fine but it's wartime in Gujarat, UP

The smooth passage of the Constitutional Amendment Bill on GST might have surprised many doubting Thomases.

Politics

Navjot Singh Sidhu is only psychological boost in Punjab, Arvind Kejriwal will remain a force

Sidhu’s entry into the AAP will, at best, work as an added psychological booster in favour of AAP and a further demoralising blow to the BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on the other.

Politics

Money, Politics and Crime: Uncovering the vicious triangle that plagues the Indian polity

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

Politics

Mayawati vs Dayashankar: Support for Swati Singh could bring BJP gains in UP polls

Swati Singh, Dayashankar’s wife, who has risen like a phoenix from the ashes to save the honour of her family, and even more importantly, her party.

India

Oldest Babri litigant passes away: Hashim Ansari was a true liberal who died unsung

The oldest living litigant in the Babri Masjid case, Hashim Ansari, 96, who died unsung, was a true liberal.

Politics

Navjot Singh Sidhu's RS exit is BJP's third major jolt in three months

Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is known for dishing out some of the most incisive idioms, told reporters that in a war between right and wrong, you can’t afford to be neutral. Sidhu doesn’t his mince words.