articles by Sandip Ghose

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Priyanka's entry to Congress shows party not embarrassed of being dynastic, reaffirms value of Gandhi brand

Priyanka Gandhi's entry to active politics on the face of BJP's 'anti-dynasty' campaign and Modi's 'naamdar versus kamdar' pitch — shows the Gandhi family has decided to shed all inhibitions about Congress being regarded as a 'family run' enterprise

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Mamata Banerjee pitches herself as national leader with Kolkata rally, but keeping Opposition united will be tricky

For a host of reasons, Mamata Banerjee's "United India Rally" in Kolkata is as much a show strength for the Opposition allies as it is for the nation at large. In a way, it is the West Bengal chief minister announcing her arrival as a national leader.

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In Uttar Pradesh, disappointment with BJP is palpable, but voters have tinge of sympathy for Yogi Adityanath

When one asks people in Uttar Pradesh if life has changed for them in the last two years, there is a pause that indicates the jury is still out.

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Kamal Nath wasted no time in getting down to business in Madhya Pradesh, but Digvijaya's help key in path ahead

So Digvijaya Singh's help will be invaluable, if not indispensable, for Kamal Nath, at least in the early days in the chief minister's office in Madhya Pradesh.

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Assembly Election Results: Congress' temple visits may finally be bearing fruit, but BJP may have Plan B in place

Congress and its supporters can barely contain their excitement ahead of the election results. However, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are likely to have a Plan B in place.

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Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha polls: From caste equations to tickets, Vasundhara Raje played her hand brilliantly

Vasundhara Raje has unquestionably established her indispensability for BJP as far as Rajasthan goes. This is reflected in how she had her way in distribution of tickets to her loyalists and now got RSS to throw its weight behind her. Secondly, she has repaired bridges with different caste blocs in the state.

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Will Coimbatore opt to go with the RSS-BJP combine or the Mahagathbandhan? Only Adi Yogi knows for sure

As the second largest city of the state, Coimbatore is distinct from other big towns of Tamil Nadu. Partly because of the gateway to parts of adjoining Kerala

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CBI vs CBI: India faces major institutional crisis, but from it will hopefully emerge a stronger democracy

The meltdown in CBI is more frightening than shocking — the implications of this implosion are chilling at many levels

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Madhya Pradesh polls may be tough battle for Shivraj Singh Chouhan, but scars of Congress misrule still fresh in people's minds

It is this sentiment for the Congress that can see Narendra Modi and Shivraj Singh Chouhan through once again, but it is far from a done deal for the BJP.

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Rajasthan polls: Vasundhara Raje grips state BJP; Sachin Pilot toils but Ashok Gehlot may be Congress' CM pick

To take on Vasundhara, Raje naming Ashok Gehlot as the chief ministerial candidate would be the best option for Rahul Gandhi.

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Rahul Gandhi's comments in Europe may have made allies wary of projecting him as Opposition's intellectual face

There is nothing to suggest that Rahul Gandhi consults his peers in the Opposition before his frequent overseas forays.

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Rajya Sabha deputy chairman results show Opposition alliance is still a long way away; BJP can rest easy for now

The result of the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman's election was no surprise. Coming close on the heels of the No Confidence Motion defeat in the Lok Sabha, it looked like yet another self-goal by Rahul Gandh

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Beyond hugplomacy: Congress' knight-in-shining-armour approach may not be enough to stitch Opposition unity

Rahul Gandhi's knight-in-shining-armour strategy may be a double-edged sword. Besides, mature Opposition leaders may not be comfortable with his 'shoot and scoot' style.

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Rahul Gandhi in 2019: Congress chief getting battle-ready to take on BJP in parliamentary election, or is he?

The best, and arguably, the wisest decision that Rahul has taken is to hand himself over to a team of communication, PR and social media experts — reportedly managed by, if the "Durbari" grapevine is to be believed, family friends.

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Karnataka poll results: Congress must get off high horse, engage with other Opposition parties on equal footing in 2019

After the Karnataka results, Rahul Gandhi and his advisors will realise that it easy to get carried away by cheerleaders, but voters are more discerning.

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Karnataka Assembly Election 2018: Narendra Modi's connection with crowd boosts BJP, lays track for 2019

If Narendra Modi and Amit Shah manage to secure Karnataka for BJP, we can expect to see a clear shift and discourse will quickly move to the 2019 election.

India

Crimes like Kathua, Unnao rape cases will end only if law enforcement can take place without fear or favour

Real change can happen if politicians and civil society assert that certain crimes are non-negotiable. Till then, crimes like the Kathua rape will continue.

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Opposition's bid for impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra betrays its desperation, bodes ill for judiciary

The signature drive for impeaching CJI Dipak Misra may not have come as a shock. However, what is happening is regrettable for the judiciary and the country.

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UP Investors' Summit: Yogi Adityanath's huge development push is political investment for a Narendra Modi blitzkrieg in 2019

Realising the importance of Uttar Pradesh in 2019 elections, BJP has decided to crank up development with a strategic partnership between the Centre and the state.

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Narendra Modi's Parliament address conveys self-assurance in the face of increasingly assertive Opposition

Narendra Modi was at his combative best in both Houses of the Parliament last Wednesday, as only he can be. He is spiritedly batting on the front foot when pushed to the wall.