Politics What Can the Grand Old Party Learn from AAP’s Victory? A Former Congress Employee Explains
AAP has won a third consecutive landslide election in Delhi, leaving the Congress party with a pitiful 0. A former social media manager for the Congress explains what he thinks voters found so impressive about Kejriwal’s campaign, and what the grand old party could learn from it.Add to list
Politics Why AAP’s Victory in Delhi is Not a Defeat For the BJP’s Politics
The vote in Delhi is for the work the Aam Aadmi Party has done – education, mohalla clinics, good governance – but it is in no way a vote against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.Add to list
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Politics “If Not Modi, Then Who?” Can Delhi Voters Give Us the Answer?
As Delhi goes to vote, the chances of AAP repeating the massive landslide victory from five years ago seem near impossible. But in re-electing and endorsing Arvind Kejriwal, the people of Delhi can help India take the first step in the direction to answering the quandary of “if not Modi, then who?”Add to list
Politics The Flop Show: How the Pro-CAA Campaign is Full of Hilarious Misfires
From misspelling the country’s name at a protest, to putting up an aggressive pop ad jingle featuring burning buses and 12 generic models, the BJP’s last few moves to defend the CAA have fallen flat. How else can you explain the fact that their latest election video has 145k downvotes, and counting?Add to list
Politics “Goli Maro”: How Hate Speech Has Become the Official Campaign Strategy for the Delhi Elections
When I was growing up, parties targeted each other over political scams or incompetence. But if the Delhi elections are any indication, the BJP has vitiated the atmosphere, by trying to turn the campaign into a shouting match of hate and toxicity.Add to list
Politics “Desh Ke Gaddaron Ko…”: How Anurag Thakur & Parvesh Verma Have Taken the Delhi Election Campaign to a New Low
What started as toothless allegations of incompetence against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal have started to morph into something more sinister – calls for violence. Without an enemy to demonise, there is very little that the BJP has spoken about on its campaign trail.Add to list
Politics How Do You Pick a Perfect Republic Day Chief Guest in the Time of Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro?
In the White House we have a president who attends anti-abortion rallies and mocks dead veterans. UK’s Boris Johnson and Australia’s Scott Morisson have fallen from the Trump Tree. And our this year’s Republic Day Chief Guest, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is a climate change denier and a misogynist.Add to list
Politics The Government Loves Netaji Bose, But Do They Really Remember What He Stood For?
Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused former Congress governments of downplaying the role played by Bose in the freedom struggle. However, if Bose were alive today, would the current establishment still feel so warmly about him? As a democratic socialist, Bose stood for everything that is considered anti-national today.Add to list
Politics Kejri-wall to Baazigar: Will Delhi Decide Its Next CM on His Party’s Meme-Making Skills?
As the BJP IT cell continues to remind us of India’s glorious past, and the Congress’ continues to stroll in three hours too late with a cold “take”, the AAP IT cell has finally made an appearance — as that wedding uncle that no one can resist laughing along with.Add to list
Politics Pinch Me, Please: Does Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena Appear More Liberal than the Government?
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray condemned the JNU violence and stood up for a Mumbai protester, after confessing that Shiv Sena shouldn’t have mixed religion and politics. Are we seeing the birth of a “liberal” Sena? We suggest you sit back and enjoy the U-turn... only so long as it is politically expedient.Add to list
Politics JNU, the City of Mumbai Has Your Back
From Gateway of India in Colaba, to Carter Road in Bandra, tens of thousands of Mumbaikars put their Mondays on hold to protest the violence that took place on JNU campus Sunday night. The message from Mumbai is clear: “We stand with JNU”.Add to list
Politics From Rohith Vemula to JNU Attack: A Short History of ABVP’s Controversial Activism
I’m a student of Delhi University and I’ve witnessed the growing aggression of ABVP. They’ve heckled students gathered at Ramjas College to attend a talk by JNU scholar Umar Khalid and harassed women from the Pinjra Tod movement campaigning against patriarchal hostel rules.Add to list
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Politics Australia Bushfires: What the Heckling of Scott Morrision Tells Us about Citizens’ Anger
Amid raging wildfires, Australia’s PM Scott Morrison visited the town of Cobargo for a photo-op. Instead of a greetings, he got broadsided by a volley of insults and snubs, with residents heckling the climate-change-denying PM so hard that he had to leave.Add to list
Politics Republic Day Parade Politics: What’s Common Between Kerala, Maharashtra, and West Bengal?
This Republic Day, the tableaux of West Bengal, Kerala, and Maharashtra have been rejected by the Centre. At first, this snub could be seen as an innocent move. That is, until you realise that there might be a reason these three states have been left out – they’ve managed to upset the ruling party in one way or the other.Add to list
Politics Dear Mr Prime Minister, What Will the India of 2020 Look Like?
Will the India of 2020 keep detaining protesters? Will the India of 2020 muffle dissenting voices? Will the India of 2020 be outraging over a yogi or a sadhvi, instead of marvelling at its achievements in science and technology? And will you, Mr Modi, focus on petty politics instead of economic growth and development?Add to list
Politics “Kisi Ke Baap Ka Hindustan Thodi Hai”: How Poetry has Become the Resistance Against CAA
While anger and resistance have been the customary motif during these past few weeks of the nation-wide anti-CAA-NRC protests, what has remained common in everyone’s articulation of their personal protest has been the presence of poetry. Whenever in history, oppression has become social syntax, poetry has become resistance.Add to list
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Politics The Rise and Rise of the Daring Dalit, Chandrashekhar Azad
Chandrashekhar Azad’s now viral photograph, holding the Constitution on the steps of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, screams resistance and unity. His Bhim Army prides itself on the Constitution, a document that is secular and impartial to any one religion, caste, or sect. No wonder the increasingly distressed Indian Muslims now see an ally and perhaps even a leader in Azad.Add to list
Politics CAA Protests: When “Apolitical” and “Apathetic” Mumbai Protested the Right Way
Before arriving at the Mumbai protests, there were apprehensions that dissenters would be detained on the spot, as was the case in other cities. But very few expected that the city would choose this day to prove that it still has some of that fabled “spirit” left in it.Add to list
Politics CAA Protests: Not All of Mumbai is Apathetic, Some of Us Showed Up
I’m tired of the hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing over those Mumbaikars who don’t show up to protest. Instead, I want to talk about those who did. The young woman in her 20s who appointed herself the protector of the scared teen protester, the blue-haired girl who booed away the Congress rep who tried to use the gathering as a ground for campaigning.Add to list
Politics Lost: An Opposition. If Found, Please Return to Parliament. Thanks
India’s students are leading a movement against the discriminatory Citizenship Act. Right now we need a powerful leader from the Opposition who can back our angry youth and lead the way. But yet again, our Opposition fails us – and abandons its role as a watchdog of our democracy.Add to list
Politics Is the BJP Outrage Over Rahul Gandhi’s “Rape in India” Comment Justified?
At a Jharkhand rally Rahul Gandhi stated that “Make in India” should actually be called “Rape in India”, a reference to the dozens of gruesome rape headlines we’re seeing every hour at this point. While neither the most trenchant critique of the government, nor the wisest, it’s played right into the hands of the establishment.Add to list
Politics Why Assam and the Other Northeastern States are Angry Over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, proposes to accord citizenship to illegal Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jains, Parsis, and Christian migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. By extension, it keeps out Muslims. But the Northeast does not want “outsiders”, irrespective of what religion they belong to.Add to list
Politics Climate-Change Deniers, “Minority-Loving” Ministers, and a Millennial-Dissing FinMin: You’ll Find Them All in Our Parliament
Pulling up out-of-context facts to arrive at completely random conclusions seems to be a trend among our netas. Backing the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Amit Shah said the Congress had divided the country on religious lines (TL;DR: they didn’t). And our Environment Minister claimed that pollution does not affect lifespans.Add to list
Politics How Will Nirmala Sitharaman Eat Onions? Her Foot is In Her Mouth
The target of this week’s need for some comic relief is none other than Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who forgot for a second that she was supposed to be in charge of the Indian economy, and instead revealed her disgust for onions.Add to list
Politics The Great Makeover: A Brief History of a “Secular” Shiv Sena
Does the new alliance in Maharashtra mean — as a few of us would like to believe — that the Shiv Sena has given up on Hindutva ideology and is now a secular party? Or does this mean that the Congress and NCP have now agreed that the only way to win an election is to pretend to be on the same side as the BJP and Shiv Sena?Add to list