Elusive dreams of backward caste unity
Earlier this week, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad suggested that Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati should sink their differences and join forces, just as rivals Nitish and he have in Bihar, to put up a united fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh (UP) as well. Mulayam, who heads the Samajwadi Party (SP) that gets its core...
Big victory in Turkey
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdog˘an, already in his third term, has registered a resounding victory, now as the country’s first-ever directly elected President, rendering a run-off redundant. Sunday’s presidential race was a sequel to the 2007 referendum which authorised the election of the head of state by popular ballot, replacing the system of appointment by legislature. Turkey’s turbulent recent years have been marked by a paradoxical course of events.
Can Modi's Chanakya stay two moves ahead?
Much before he was the Amit Shah as we now see him, Amit Shah was the chief of Gujarat's chess association. Hardly a glamorous second job, one would think, for a member of Narendra Modi's Gujarat cabinet. But to think that would be to miss what the man's really all about. Shah had decreed that chess be compulsory in schools in one Gujarat district. Why? Because his point, say his aides, was that chess makes you think tactically, so children tutored in chess will be sharper.
Modi's campaign helped Indian
The recent General Election is a fascinating subject of study for political analysts, in as much as the run-up to this democratic event of unprecedented scale revealed some remarkable features of party politics, voters' responses, and credibility of leadership. In what can be regarded as first-time developments, many barriers were broken in reaching out to the masses, overcoming the 'poll arithmetic', and influencing the voters' psyche.
Left parties: In decline, in denial
In the hullabaloo over the BJP’s massive mandate and the Congress’s humbling defeat, political commentators have missed out on some other important outcomes of the Lok Sabha elections. The election results confirm the long-term declining trend of the Left parties in India. The Left Front’s national voteshare in 2014 has been the lowest ever (4.8 per cent), from the high of 10.6 per cent in 1989.
What does national party status mean?
What are the conditions for a political party to get recognition as a national party? A political party becomes eligible to be recognised as a national party if it fulfils any of the three following conditions: The party has won 2 per cent of seats in the Lok Sabha (11 seats) from at least three different states in the latest general election.
Million man marks
In October 2013, almost six months before the Lok Sabha polls, over 7,000 students from India’s top colleges, most of them from IITs and IIMs across India, were busy participating in a new-age political meet. They called it Manthan (the churn). There were fluorescent lights, dance beats, PowerPoint presentations, pumping bass and even a headlining...