articles by Kunal Purohit


Maharashtra polls: Seven years after taking over as Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray emerges from the shadows

Uddhav’s challenges in politics began with his rise in the Shiv Sena — the party feared a split after senior leaders like Narayan Rane and Raj Thackeray quit and took MLAs with them, challenging Uddhav’s leadership


BJP's Gujarati leadership in Maharashtra faces axe ahead of polls; growing popularity of Modi-Shah allows BJP to junk local leaders

After an emphatic win in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year, the BJP's confidence is at an all-time high. 'Even if these leaders are dropped, the Gujarati community will not stray anywhere else and stick to the BJP. That’s because the community knows that it is no longer voting for the local leaders but that its voting for Narendra Modi,' says another Gujarati leader from the BJP based in Mumbai.


Sonia Gandhi knew of Rajiv’s assassination plot, her husband had ‘drinking problems’: WhatsApp groups awash with rumours about ex-PM

An investigation of 20 WhatsApp groups has revealed slander, abuse and conspiracies directed at Rajiv Gandhi started circulating on BJP-leaning groups on 6 May, a day after Narendra Modi said that Gandhi had died as 'bhrashtachari number 1'


After Pulwama terror attack, WhatsApp groups are fuelling hypernationalism, hatred and warmongering

Political WhatsApp groups, run by sympathisers and workers of political parties, saw a flood of disinformation within hours of the Pulwama attack.