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Nehru: Hero of his age, outcast of ours - Ramachandra Guha, Hindustan Times
In 1976, when India was under a State of Emergency, the American journalist AM Rosenthal visited New Delhi. Rosenthal had once been the New York Times’s correspondent here, and greatly admired Jawaharlal Nehru. For he had seen, at first hand, how India’s first prime minister had struggled heroically to establish a democratic ethos in a country marked by pervasive social inequalities and by polarisation on religious lines.
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EC is biggest loser in Bengal - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
The way rigging went unabated even during the re-election, it seems democracy has breathed its last in India’s ‘cultural capital’. Democracy, my foot! Where were you when the previous Left Governments were raping it for the last so many years? Don’t ask silly questions. It is not good for your health and security, because not everyone here is in my control. It is very hot and humid here; don’t harm your health. Go back home and take rest. I can give you a vehicle if you want.”
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Why Modi’s mandate is larger than you think: more like 40% - R Jagannathan, FirstPost
Ever since Gopalkrishna Gandhi tried to pretend that Narendra Modi"s mandate was smaller than imagined, given that the BJP received only 31 percent of the popular vote, his flawed views have been widely criticised. While some have pointed out that the 31 percent figure excludes the votes of his NDA partners who fought under his leadership (the NDA got 38.2 percent overall), others have said that in multi-party systems in the west no party usually...
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India’s first past the post election myths - Vivek Dehejia & Reuben Abraham, Mint
The new talking point for those unhappy with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) massive election victory is the claim that they won only 31% of the total votes cast and that, therefore, 69% of those who voted did not vote in favour of the winning party. While numerically correct, what is mischievous is the insinuation that follows: that the BJP failed to win a mandate, or that the win is somehow illegitimate given how many people voted against them. 
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A new phase of the polity - Suhas Palshikar, Hindu
In the history of elections, India has seen both “normal” elections and extraordinary ones. Normal elections follow the routine logic of political competition — how candidates are selected, what caste-community calculations go into the strategy, and so on. Extraordinary elections also do accommodate these concerns but there are overarching concerns that finally shape the outcome. After two consecutive normal elections in 2004 and 2009, India has witnessed another extraordinary election in 2014.
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India's 'black swan' election - Praveen Chakravarty, BusinessStandard
The venerated mathematician Nassim Taleb popularised the term "Black Swan" to describe an event that occurs outside the realm of normal expectations and has an extreme impact on the present and future. And human nature naively tries to concoct explanations for these events, post facto. The origin of the phrase traces back to a 1697 discovery by a Dutch explorer in Australia of swans that are black in colour, which crushed the prevailing notion that all swans are white. The 2014 Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) victory can be termed India's black swan election.
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BJP’s vote to seat conversion rate is stunning - Louise Tillin, Indian Express
The saffron wave that has crashed across the electoral map of western, central and northern India creates the impression that the BJP has swept all before it. The BJP’s performance is certainly unprecedented. With just under one in three of all voters choosing the party, the BJP has managed to win over half of all seats in the Lok Sabha. With its alliance partners in the NDA, the party controls just over 60 per cent of the seats. It is the first time since 1984 that a single party has won a straight-out majority in Parliament.
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Voters from all quarters back BJP - Mail Today
The BJP significantly increased its vote share in virtually every segment of the demographic chart as it powered its way to victory under the leadership of Narendra Modi, becoming the first party in three decades to have an outright majority in the Lok Sabha. Whether it was gender, castes, age groups or the rural-urban divide, the BJP picked up more voters in all spheres, according to the India Today Group-Cicero post-poll analysis. The BJP bagged 282 seats in the lower House of Parliament...
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BJP creates history - and how - Ravish Tiwari, Financial Express
RIDING a wave of anger and frustration with the UPA government, Narendra Modi Friday led the BJP to an unprecedented victory in the Lok Sabha elections. Its tally of 282 seats marks the end of successive coalition governments since 1989. The Congress was decimated, drawing a blank in seven states and not entering double digits in any, in its worst performance ever. The NDA together won 336 seats. “India has won! Bharat ki vijay. Achchey din aane waale hain,” tweeted Modi.
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Modi landslide buries Cong - HindustanTimes
Narendra Modi wrested the top job in the country on Friday as a saffron wave swept most of India, lifting the Bharatiya Janata Party to its highest-ever tally and leaving the Congress in tatters. Underlining the humiliation of India's oldest party, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had to scrap hard to beat the BJP's Smriti Irani in the Gandhi family bastion of Amethi, while several senior ministers bit the dust.
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