General Election 2019

General Election 2019

S Prasannarajan | MJ Akbar | PR Ramesh | Ullekh NP | Siddharth Singh | V Shoba | Amita Shah | Aditya Iyer

Campaign sketches ~ by S Prasannarajan
The ascetic versus the urbane and the swing vote of Gods

Modi’s tryst with militarism ~ by PR Ramesh and Siddharth Singh
The Balakot air strikes, which are paying electoral dividends now, were a result of Modi’s clear comprehension of public anger and a new nationalism forged after the Kargil War

On the fake news trail ~ by Jayanta Ghosal
The Show Must Go On | Prison Break | Enemy of My Enemy | Tears for Votes | Surprise First Visitor | A Paramilitary Question

The cult of Hanuman ~ by Kaveree Bamzai
Political masculinity gets a divine mascot

Quote Hanger ~ by Madhavankutty Pillai
I knew in 17 days the colour of that person’s underwear was khaki, says Azam Khan

The Gender Quotient of Politics ~ by Kaveree Bamzai
The greater the variety of women politicians, the easier it will be for more to join

Much ado about Mumbai ~ by Lhendup G Bhutia
With the Shiv Sena wooing outsiders, the Congress banking on film stars and the BJP determined to repeat its best showing ever, it is maximum politics in the Maximum City

Back to Ballari ~ by V Shoba
Can the BJP win back its stronghold in northern Karnataka from a crusader against corruption?

No full stops for Shah ~ by PR Ramesh
Up in the air playing with numbers in the privacy of a chartered flight or among the swelling legion of followers on the ground, Amit Shah has only one mission in life: Modi in power. PR Ramesh on the campaign trail with the tireless BJP president

‘Nationalism should be the main issue in every election’ ~ by PR Ramesh
Between flights to multiple states, rallies, roadshows and relentless phone calls, Amit Shah tells PR Ramesh why the BJP will return to power in Delhi.

The sleeping giant of Tumkur and the missing Gandhi of Bidar ~ by MJ Akbar
Campaign sketches

The Advani problem ~ by Jayanta Ghosal
The anger at LK Advani being ‘denied’ the Gandhinagar ticket notwithstanding, few know the 91-year-old had already decided to not contest.

Demography is destiny ~ by Siddharth Singh
In Assam, it’s a contest between river and religion.

‘I am not an aspirant for any post,’ says Chandrababu Naidu ~ by Madhavankutty Pillai
Quote Hanger

Daring the juggernaut ~ by Amita Shah
Can Modi storm Naveen Patnaik’s citadel? Amita Shah reports on the epic battle of Odisha.

Daughter dutiful ~ by V Shoba
V Shoba catches up with Kanimozhi Karunanidhi as the charismatic DMK leader makes her electoral debut in Thoothukudi,

Follow the script ~ by V Shoba
On keeping Karunanidhi’s literary legacy alive in the arena.

The socialist fetish ~ by S Prasannarajan
Forget wealth with welfare. Wealth is welfare

The angry debunker ~ by Ullekh NP
Can the aggressive campaign of Rahul Gandhi regain India for the Congress?

Swing and Sway ~ by Lhendup G Bhutia
The paradox of alliances and other unknowns in Maharashtra

Intimately Priyanka ~ by Aditya Iyer
Aditya Iyer finds out how the Gandhi mystique plays out on a campaign trail

Hot War ~ by V Shoba
V Shoba reports on the unequal fight in Andhra Pradesh where the TDP of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu struggles against a resurgent YSR Congress led by Jagan Mohan Reddy

‘Naidu has lost control of governance,’ says Pawan Kalyan
An interview by V Shoba

Poll Pot ~ by Jayanta Ghosal
In between hectic campaigning, #Modi received phone calls from the Abu Dhabi crown prince with an unusual request. They wanted him to do the shilaanyas for a big Hindu temple there

The not so great second act ~ by Madhavankutty Pillai
On stars that twinkle during elections

#QuoteHanger ~ by Madhavankutty Pillai
To distance the Hindu religion itself from political terror is wishful thinking

Via Wayanad ~ by Shahina KK
Rahul gives the Congress a boost in Kerala

Will its Hindu revivalist past haunt West Bengal’s future? ~ by Ullekh NP
Ullekh NP travels across a state where the social base of one of India’s strongest regional leaders faces the challenge of subterranean Hindutva

Modi Versus Not Being Modi ~ by S Prasannarajan
They tell us a lot about how bad the chowkidar is but nothing about how good they are

I, Chowkidar ~ by MJ Akbar
Is Modi riding an Everyman wave?

The Last Battle of the Long Marchers ~ by Amita Shah
It may be the final act in the political theatre for these war-scarred veterans

Death of Chemistry ~ by V Shoba
The mistrust within the Congress-JDS coalition adds to BJP’s advantage in Karnataka

Nationalism: Right on Time ~ by PR Ramesh And Siddharth Singh
Nationalism is back as a persuasive theme in this General Election

The Illusion of Unity ~ by Amita Shah
Despite desperate moves, national opposition lineup against the BJP remains elusive

The Gender Card ~ by V Shoba
The outrage at the Pollachi sex abuse racket gives Opposition politicians a foothold in the battle to win the trust of women, a constituency methodically cultivated by MGR and Jayalalithaa

Southern Rethinking ~ by V Shoba
The man behind DMK’s social media strategy works towards a Dravidian makeover.

Desperately Chandrababu Naidu ~ V Shoba
How BJP has become a suitable enemy for the Andhra Chief Minister

How UP Defines India 2019: The State of the Nation ~ by PR Ramesh
Modi faces changing alliances and attitudes

The Modi Momentum ~ by PR Ramesh
The Prime Minister’s transformation agenda will be put to the test

Time to Splurge ~ by Siddharth Singh
In election season, it is usual to see populist spending but this time there’s a twist or two in the story

Mamata Banerjee: The Iron Sister ~ by Sunanda K Datta-Ray
The strongwoman with a human face

A View from the Wild East ~ by Ullekh NP
From Varanasi to Gorakhpur, from Modi's constituency to Yogi's fief, the combined might of SP and BSP and the charisma of Priyanka Gandhi hope to make a dent in the BJP bastion. Ullekh NP travels through a volatile stretch of Indian politics

Enter Priyanka: Can She Save the Day for Rahul? ~ by Ullekh NP
The return of the original Gandhi mystique

How WhatsApp Is Changing Indian Politics ~ by Ullekh NP
WhatsApp’s prized encryption technology becomes a powerful weapon for the fake news industry in its biggest and most complex market, India, ahead of the 2019 poll

Caste, Cows and the Countryside ~ by Amita Shah
Does BJP need to fear Akhilesh Yadav’s alliance with Mayawati in UP?