November 2018

Test for BJP Satraps, not Modi: The PM remains BJP’s galvaniser-in-chief but local issues dominate MP, Chhattisgarh polls

Narendra Modi

If poll posters ever tell a larger story, the most striking thing about BJP’s campaign in Chhattisgarh is the re-emergence of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the party’s election publicity. BJP billboards across Raipur and the Chhattisgarh central plains are dominated by mega-size cutout images of chief minister Raman Singh in the foreground, emerging from an […..]

‘I’m cutting into votes of both BJP and Congress, but it may be slightly more of Congress’

Ajit Jogi

With Raman Singh, the longest currently serving BJP chief minister in India, facing a renewed Congress challenge in the Chhattisgarh assembly election, Ajit Jogi, former Congress chief minister and now the leader of Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (Jogi), has emerged as the third prong of the election. He speaks to Nalin Mehta and Sanjeev Singh about his prospects.   […..]

Calls for Ayodhya temple law mean it’s Ram bharose again in 2019

Calls for Ayodhya temple

The growing clamour for a law to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya is reminiscent of Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr’s 1849 satirical aphorism: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” The carefully constructed public symphony we have seen in recent days on the possibility of an overriding law to build a Ram temple […..]