articles by Pragya Singh

India

India and the Indian: At the heart of resistance to Vande Mataram is the context of its writer's opinions, writes Pragya Singh

Demands that Indian Muslims should chant Vande Mataram put them in exactly the same situation as Indians who'd be asked to consider awarding Rudyard Kipling, the man who wrote The White Man’s Burden, a poem advocating racial superiority as the justification for colonialism.

long-reads

NDA's push for agricultural reforms up against centuries of rural economic decline

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has kick-started its second term by setting the ball rolling for “structural” reforms in agriculture, by announcing a task force under the NITI Aayog.

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'Collective leadership' for Congress? Rahul's inability to lead, rising regional satraps pose serious challenges for party chief

After the latest crisis, Rahul's ability to transform his leadership into a diktat-issuing authority, as his grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi once personified, is in doubt. The assertion within the Congress, this time around, is not coming from a Gandhi family member, but from regional satraps whom Rahul has not been able to control.

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Wary Nitish digs in for the battle of 2020

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar wants to pre-empt any attempt by his alliance partner BJP, fresh from its Lok Sabha triumph, to execute a plan for a JD(U)-mukt Bihar

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Heavy Lok Sabha election defeat must force Congress to re-examine the sort of candidates fielded in Uttar Pradesh

After heavy losses in the Lok Sabha election, the Congress and Rahul Gandhi are being asked to introspect on how to revive the party

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Naveen Patnaik's thumping return in Odisha is proof that refashioning of a veteran leader's image can bear electoral dividends

Naveen Patnaik did not appear to follow the agenda set by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), nationally or in the state. Instead, he launched a glitzy campaign which saw his photos plastered all over newspapers.

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Gurdaspur Lok Sabha election results: Sunny Deol leads on strength of urban votes, Akali support and star power

The BJP candidate from Punjab’s Gurdaspur constituency, Bollywood actor Sunny Deol, is leading his nearest rival, Congress’ Sunil Jhakhar, by a margin of 50,000 votes

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Lok Sabha Election 2019: Shifting voter loyalties in Nitish Kumar's pocket boroughs likely to increase JD(U)’s dependence on BJP

Nitish is Bihar’s tallest Kurmi leader but his voters are being swayed by the prime minister’s tough-on-corruption and nationalistic image as much as him

India

Lord of Pyres Leads Clan in Modi’s Kashi

The Hindu belief that moksha comes only if the body is cremated according to rituals in Varanasi is the source of Jagdish Chaudhary’s power as well as the helplessness of his Dom community

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In Varanasi, Dawn of the Dalit Capitalist

Disillusioned with the poor employment situation, Dalits of Prime Minister Modi’s constituency are turning to business to tide over their precarious economic conditions

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Lok Sabha polls: In Amethi, Rahul Gandhi's adopted village may become his undoing as many rue neglect

When expectations are sky high, the fall is equally steep. When Amethi votes on 6 May, a large section of its residents will go to polling booths in a bad mood.

India

Amethi's new slogan: ‘Chowkidar sore hai’

17 watchmen lost their jobs in 2016, when Amethi’s Tikarmafi IIIT was moved to Allahabad. They have approached the court seeking reinstatement as chowkidars on the BBAU campus

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Muslim voters in Amethi's Jais rue lack of development, but baulk at idea of voting for BJP; blame party's polarised campaign

The BJP offers development to Muslim voters in Amethi, but the saffron party's Hindutva politics is likely to force them to vote for Congress as for them survival and honour trump development

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In Rajasthan, Congress faces farmers' ire over delay in loan waivers; risks conceding ground to BJP earned in 2018

Every five years then, anger and frustration determine Rajasthan’s voting behaviour–the incumbent is voted out, the Opposition is voted in.

India

Lok Sabha elections: In Agra, brand BJP peddles hope amid grim reality

Videos tom-tom the Balakot strikes even as BJP workers move door-to-door verifying implementation of welfare schemes

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Fractured Land, Fissured Ballot

Farmers, whose votes aren’t driven by rural distress alone, remain divided by caste and class and have failed to turn their concerns into drivers of political behaviour

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Of lineage and politics: The fruits of the family tree

The Mulayam Singh Yadav clan and Ajit Singh’s RLD have both gone in for partnerships as the old order changes and voter expectations rise. Lineage does help young politicians get a leg past the door, but daddy alone cannot get them elected

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Amit Shah replaces LK Advani: BJP chief's Lok Sabha poll debut shows party's desire to consolidate hold over North Gujarat

Advani's career and that of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi were inextricably linked, right up to the early 2000s. It is Modi who had encouraged Advani to contest from Gandhinagar.

India

Defending Hinduism emerges as major occupation for men in western Uttar Pradesh as jobs dry up

With a sharp decline in regular salaried jobs and self-employment opportunities, defending Hinduism has become a major ‘occupation’ of men in western UP

India

Should the Congress play from back foot to beat BJP?

The Congress' predicament is that it must improve its abysmal 44-seat Lok Sabha tally to about 120-130 if it wants to head any coalition government