Narendra Modi becomes the longest serving non-Congress PM, surpassing tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Modi, who took the oath of the prime minister in May 2014, became the fourth longest-serving prime minister after Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh
On 73rd Independence Day, examining Mahatma Gandhi's legacy and why his position as 'Father of the Nation' is secure
Why has history been so kind to Gandhi, a man whose very public life and thousands of letters, editorials, essays and utterances expose him to easy mockery, particularly by a new India whose political elite has always regarded him with contempt? How is it that, through all the hate and resentment unleashed by India’s current political climate, the man who stands on the opposite pole continues to smile down at us in fatherly benevolence?
Gopalganj to Raisina review: Lalu Prasad Yadav writes himself a character certificate, rather than a personal memoir
Gopalganj to Raisina follows a predictable route, scarcely interjected by insights into anything other than Lalu Prasad Yadav’s politics. Some of the more interesting revelations include a story involving him and Nitish Kumar, where he confesses that the duo would loiter around the Prime Minister’s Office in the hope of being noticed for ministerial roles
Taking Indian politics to board games: How 'Shasn' and 'The Poll' place players in the shoes of politicians
Not only do Shasn and The Poll mimic the Indian electoral process, but they also allow players to experience the dirtiness that comes with it — stoking caste tensions, campaigning, even declaring war
Lok Sabha election could reshape party system, but crucial question is whether results will end or ensure development of BJP-led model
Since 1952, India has seen several distinct phases in which the dominance of one party has been decisively upturned
BJP leaders' sexist jibes against Priyanka Gandhi show ruling party has nothing definite to criticise Congress leader
While the ruling BJP has nothing tangible to corner Priyanka Gandhi, and hence the sexist remarks at her, the Congress too has nothing definite to champion her high-profile polticial debut
Inheritance has to come with inherent mettle. Without meritocracy in democracy, even inheritance is meaningless
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
22% Indians believe differing political views harm society, 64% think social media makes issues divisive: BBC-Ipsos study
A new global study by Ipsos for the 'BBC Crossing Divides' finds that people are split over whether differences in political opinions in their country are healthy or dangerous for society. The survey was carried out online among 19,782 adults under 65 across 27 countries from 26 November to 7 December, 2018.
Examining oral tradition in India and its impact on society, from Vedic literature to larger-than-life actors, politicians
In narratives of oral tradition, such as Vedic literature, causality is weak and it is difficult to produce rigorous argument, since the tradition allows for colour and repetition rather than analysis
Once Indian women get their foot in in politics, everything changes for them — and for women voters who are usually ignored by male politicians
Gyan Prakash on revisiting the Emergency in new book, parallels between Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi
Gyan Prakash says that Emergency was a phenomenon much bigger than the cult of Indira Gandhi
Supreme Court order on mob lynching strong, but new law will be useless unless existing rules are enforced
The judgment on lynching is very strongly-worded and the court has acknowledged that this is a matter of grave concern. Coming from the Constitutional Court, this is welcome, as we've seen a spurt in mob lynchings, both, on religious grounds, as well as, of individuals who are mistaken to be child-lifters.
The excitement generated in the political arena today would not have been possible without the immediacy provided by social media platforms
It looked like Narendra Modi vs Arvind Kejriwal at one point; now it's Modi vs Modi and Kejriwal vs Kejriwal
Kejriwal and Modi are the first two national-level politicians of an urbanised (or hoping to urbanise) India. It is no wonder the former has built his political career in Delhi, a city-state and the latter in Gujarat, one of the most urbanised and industrialised states in the country.
How India Became Democratic book review: Ornit Shani unravels how the first electoral rolls were made
How India Became Democratic reflects the socio-cultural peculiarities of pre-Independent India, a time when the idea of ‘one nation, one vote’ was path breaking | #FirstCulture
P Chidambaram’s Speaking Truth to Power critiques government while failing to acknowledge his party's offences
In Speaking Truth to Power, P Chidambaram suggest that he would like readers to listen to him rather than exercise judgement | #FirstCulture
This victory of BJP in Tripura Assembly polls is quite akin to a tectonic shift in Indian politics probably comparable internationally to the collapse of the Berlin Wall or of the Soviet Union. It signifies collapse of an ideology which ceded ground to another powerful ideology.