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POLITICS

2017-03-09 06:47:08

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

2017-02-21 01:14:28

At the midpoint of Uttar Pradesh elections: Can there be a Saffron wave?

Dr. Praveen Patil

On Saturday evening, the 11th of February, when the import of BJP’s underperformance in the Jatland of western UP which went to polls in the very first phase began to sink in, there was a sense of déjà vuabout Bihar 2015 where again the party had begun to possibly stare at defeat from the throes of victory....



POLITICS

2017-02-09 02:34:27

The NaMo wave 2.0 sweeps Uttar Pradesh

Dr. Praveen Patil

After the collapse of Babri Masjid on December 6th 1992, the central Congress government had arbitrarily dismissed all the 4 BJP ruled states of North India – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh – to impose president’s rule. A year later, when these states went to polls, BJP lost power in three of those which effectively put a pause to all the ‘perceived’ gains of the Hindu nationalist movem...



CULTURE

2016-07-06 16:46:09

1967 TO 2017: A BRIEF ELECTORAL BIOGRAPHY OF UTTAR PRADESH’S TRYST WITH HINDU NATIONALISM

Dr. Praveen Patil

Upjati chodo, Patel jodo” (forget the sub-caste and use Patel as the surname) That was the biggest clarion call on that day in Lucknow when more than 2 lakh people had attended the Kurmi Rajnitik Chetna rally of Lucknow in December 1994, just 1 year after the SP-BSP government had come to power.


POLITICS

2014-03-31 02:56:55

Frontrunner advantage and the importance of Western Uttar Pradesh

Dr. Praveen Patil

There is a strange commonality of stand taken by various political parties occupying the Left-secular space regarding a ban on opinion polls during elections this time. One of the reasons given by these parties is that poll surveys affect the voters, especially because all polls have a consensus about BJP being in command position....


POLITICS

2014-01-15 01:55:27

UTTAR PRADESH, THE DARLING OF 2014

Dr. Praveen Patil

There is a funny anecdote doing the rounds in the power corridors of Lucknow that has been regaled at various political meetings in the last few weeks. As recently as in the last month of 2013, a well-connected and well-known businessman apparently approached the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the young and ‘dynamic’ Akhilesh Yadav, for a large project clearance.