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POLITICS

13 January 2018 03:28

Is BJP still headed for capturing 50% votes across India?

Dr. Praveen Patil

Almost 70% of the core BJP-RSS vote went to Congress this time, while a section of traditional Congress vote diverted to BJP", averred a local BJP Karyakarta a few days after the November 9th elections, "Pawan Kajal (of Congress) will surely capture the Kangra seat, he had won it as an independent candidate last time again......



POLITICS

09 March 2017 06:47

Can Uttar Pradesh annihilate the NaMo opposition for another decade?

Dr. Praveen Patil

“The values of Sangh flow like blood in my veins… the day I die, I want to be draped in the BJP flag” whispered an audibly emotional and teary eyed Kalyan Singh to a huge gathering of party workers in the Jhulelal Park of Lucknow on January 22nd 2013. It was the homecoming of the prodigal son who had redefined Hindutva of..


POLITICS

23 November 2016 09:07

FIRST HINTS OF A NAMO TSUNAMI AFTER DEMONETIZATION

Dr. Praveen Patil

Five years ago, during the peak of Anna Hazare & Baba Ramdev led agitations against corruption, public anger across India was palpable. Literally millions of people in all cities and towns of India would throng local protest destinations with many of them joining in the evening after finishing their day jobs.


POLITICS

14 November 2016 07:59

A SURGICAL SAFFRON SURGE IN HINDI HEARTLAND

Dr. Praveen Patil

Ukraura Mela is one of the many events of the Hindu festive calendar in eastern Uttar Pradesh during the Dussehra-Diwali season and is often seen as the platform to showcase the political power of various Bahubalisof Azamgarh. This year, during that Mela, there was a massive gun battle that resulted in at least a dozen people being injured. It was a mini-war between two huge Bhandaras organized by cousins Vijay Yadav and Pramod Yadav....



POLITICS

08 November 2016 13:20

IS PUNJAB HEADING FOR A DIRECT TWO HORSE RACE?

Dr. Praveen Patil

We are suffering and the government is simply deaf to our woes” averred Surjeet Singh, a midsize farmer near the Bhagtawala grain market in Amritsar. He along with some 50 other farmers was sitting on an impromptu protest against the state government. A protest which had more than a 100 AAP activists and scores of journalists along with a few ward level Congress leaders.


POLITICS

04 April 2016 08:20

THE BENGAL PUZZLE

Dr. Praveen Patil

“BJP is like a bride who has been getting ready with her bridal make-up for the last 2 years and we are still waiting to catch a glimpse of the bride’s face… I guess we won’t see her in 2016” avers Sudipto a 35-year-old techie from Kolkata who has been a life-long communist but had voted for Modi’s party in 2014. His words sum up the situation of BJP in Bengal as aptly as one could ever do. In fact, this is not just a one off anecdotal quote but a unique demographic-electoral reality


POLITICS

04 October 2015 18:30

How Narasimha Rao Rescued India From Being A Nation Of Maid-Servants

Dr. Praveen Patil

This is the snapshot of P.V. Narasimha Rao’s interview given to Prabhu Chawla of the Indian Express on 8th July 1991. The then Prime Minister of India, in this interview, comes across as an extremely confident leader who was aware of his historic duty to liberalize Indian economy, especially when he emphatically states, “We mean business now”!


POLITICS

27 April 2015 17:00

ISLAM, POP CULTURE AND THE DEMOGRAPHIC DEMON

Dr. Praveen Patil

That was a magical evening. That was an evening of joyous songs. That was an evening of hopeless romantics discovering the love of their lives. As hundreds of thousands of people gathered at the Champs-Élysées amidst neon lights and honking horns, there was unprecedented merriment everywhere. It was the greatest party that Paris had hosted since liberation day in 1944.


POLITICS

21 July 2012 17:00

HOW SONIA GANDHI ROBBED SURJEET'S LANDS AND WHY GOURAMMA IS ANGRY WITH SHANTAPPA: THE MONKEY BUSINESS OF MNREGA

Dr. Praveen Patil

Near the Radha Soamy satsang, Parore, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh: Surjeet Sharma, a Gaddi pandit belonging to the scheduled tribes of Himachal Pradesh, clearly remembers the year 2005, when he married a gaddan from Chamba. Year 2005 was momentous for the Sharma’s, not only because of the marriage of their only son but also because that year they had collectively made a decent profit in their fields and had brought their first automobile.


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Dr.Praveen Patil

  Is the founder and CEO of 5Forty3 Datalabs. He is India’s foremost psephologist and demographic scientist.


Sandeep Balakrishna

  Is a passionate researcher and storyteller with a longtime focus on India’s Socio, Political and Economic journey.


Sampath Iyengar

  Is a global business leader, entrepreneur and strategy specialist with over 25 years of leadership experience.

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