Amit Shah

NRC’s political googly: Assam’s NRC mess of unintended consequences changes politics as usual in the north-east

Illustration: Uday Deb

Imagine if you and your family have lived in your town for decades and you possess a legitimate Indian passport, Aadhaar card or ration card. Yet, if you can’t demonstrate that your parents or grandparents or other family members had a legitimate citizenship document that was valid before March 24, 1971, you would still be […..]

BJP’s political sixer on 370: Why the ruling party is winning the political argument on revoking Kashmir’s special status

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The revoking of Article 370, which gave Kashmir special status, has unravelled what most thought was an untouchable status quo in our politics. It has also shown up a deep disconnect between left-liberal intellectual opinion, which is critical of the move, and the wider wellsprings of national thought cutting across ideologies. It is not just […..]

Akhilesh Yadav’s second coming

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What’s in a tree? Can tree plantations symbolise a broader political message beyond safeguarding ecology? The answer is yes, if you are Akhilesh Yadav, UP chief minister and heir to the Yadav dynasty, now looking to reposition himself as a political entity in his right, not just a sapling withering under the shade of his […..]

Why Amit Shah is wrong on JNU ‘anti-nationalism’ and Rahul Gandhi

Amit Shah in Jaipur

When BJP president Amit Shah launched his official website in August 2015, he dedicated his first blog to the founding father of Hindu nationalism, Veer Savarkar: the man who coined the term ‘Hindutva’ and whose 1920s book ‘Hindutva: Who is a Hindu’ remains a guiding bible for the movement. Shah, in his blog, called Savarkar […..]

Is Pakistan ‘code-word’ for Muslims, Mr Shah?

There is something too clever-by-half about BJP president Amit Shah’s striking comment that “cracker will be burst in celebration in Pakistan” if BJP “by any chance” loses in Bihar. At a very basic level, by directly equating the nation with BJP, the party seems to be indicating that somehow a vote against it may be […..]

The BJP’s new shah: Amit Shah’s ascent and appointment as party president signifies a new wave of social engineering

The last time a newly appointed BJP president alluded to his humble origins before the party’s national council was on August 3, 2002. An emotional Venkaiah Naidu broke down at the Talkatora Stadium while talking about being born to ‘‘a farmer’s family in a remote village far down in the south’’ and declared that ‘‘this […..]

Political Battle Over Gujarat’s Banking Crisis

Ahmedabad: More than 10 lakh people across Gujarat have been affected by the collapse of the cooperative banking sector. It’s been a year since SC Nayak, a retired government officer, started doing the rounds of the Visnagar Co-operative Bank in Ahmedabad to recover his life savings. But with the bank having gone bust from the […..]