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Opposition’s Long Winter?

The overwhelming nature of Mr Modi’s victory has silenced the Opposition, as is understandable. To win a significantly higher number of seats than 2014, in spite of the show of unity put on by regional parties in some key states, and to do so in a context which was seen to be unfavourable only a… Read more »

Putting the National In Nationalism?

One of the key take-outs from the overwhelming victory won by Mr Modi is that there seems to be a clear separation of what is seen as a national imperative with what constitutes the local. The fact that the BJP lost so many states in the Hindi heartland and then within a year swept all… Read more »

An aura of invincibility?

What does this massive victory really about? Apart from the fact that the unexpectedness of its sheer scale and sweep makes most analysts look foolish, what does it say about the politics of the day? What are voters looking for that they have found in Narendra Modi? Potentially, there are many explanations, some of them… Read more »

New Elite vs Liberals: The Rift Widens

Narendra Modi’s resounding victory is above all his own. This is a vote that has risen above regional and caste considerations, and signalled its strong preference for a single leader. But Modi’s win-all marks other victories. The TV anchor has won over the opinion columnist, the CA over the economist, the chowkidar over the watchdog… Read more »

The future as flow?

Technology has a way of making radical change feel matter-of-factly incremental. The arrival of the digital world has enhanced our capabilities in ways that are profound, but this dramatic change is consumed as if it were the most natural thing in the world. That one can listen to virtually any song in the world, for… Read more »

A mango state of mind?

The second most contentious subject in India, after politics, is mangoes. Every summer, respective camps start waging their campaigns, and as is the norm today, things quickly descend into name-calling. So, at the very outset, it is important to make it clear that this piece which is about mangoes, does not in any way express… Read more »