Narendra Modi 2.0

On the morning of December 23, 2007, as Narendra Modi celebrated his second triumph in Gujarat, the street outside the BJP’s Ahmedabad office overflowed with delirious supporters wearing the now ubiquitous Modi masks. As the masked men pranced before the TV cameras in a surreal celebration of Moditva, the obvious question was — when would […..]

Modi, the mobs and the camera


What was it like to cover the post-Godhra riots and the subsequent Gujarat assembly elections, when you were one of the state government’s targets? Nalin Mehta, who worked for a 24-hour TV news channel, writes about his experiences.  

Modi Sworn In, Congress Boycotts Ceremony

Ahmedabad: Narendra Modi has been sworn in as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the second time today. Governor Sundar Singh Bhandari administered the oath of office. In a departure from protocol, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani attended the function in Ahmedabad. Nine cabinet ministers and six ministers of […..]

Muslim Hope: Salvaging Lost Pride in Gujarat

A week after the Gujarat election verdict, the overwhelming mood in the Muslim community is one of insecurity. But there are also strong signs of hope. Vadodara’s Chhota Udepur region witnessed some of the worst communal violence earlier this year. Now, many Muslim families have returned to their homes. They say they have put the […..]

Politics of religion masks poverty in Dangs

Dangs: There is an uneasy calm in Dangs ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections. As saffron motifs have begun dotting the landscape, tension in the communally sensitive region is palpable. But the issue remains of religion, politics and extreme poverty. Religious Divisiveness Two years ago, the town was the epicenter of violent clashes between Hindu […..]

Tribal equations fuel dissent in Gujarat Congress

Vyara: Internal dissension in the Congress party could be a major setback for the party in the upcoming Gujarat elections. Several Congress leaders are contesting these elections as independents, in the process hurting the chances of the party in cashing in on the anti-incumbency factor in the state. Former Congress chief minister Amarsinh Chowdhary made […..]

Survey Projects Swing for Congress in Gujarat

With less than two weeks to go for the crucial assembly elections in Gujarat, an opinion poll survey carried out by the weekly newsmagazine Outlook along with C-Fore suggests that the Congress has an edge over the BJP with a 12 per cent swing in its favour. The survey projects that the Congress would win […..]