The regular exposes of the UPA government’s varied incompetence and venality and the growing cacophony over corruption seem to suggest a crisis of government and the possibility of mid-term polls. This post examines the current political conditions and argues that despite all its acts of omission and commission, the UPA appears likely to finish its term in office.
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Tags: 15th General Elections India, Bharatiya Janata Party, Capitalism, Congress, Corruption, India, Politics, Shushma Swaraj, United Progressive Alliance
Categories : India, Politics
The Anna Hazare fronted anti-corruption movement has been successful in pushing the locus of Indian politics to the right. Will it also succeed in defeating the Congress led United Progressive Alliance in the next general elections and putting the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh backed Bharatiya Janata Party into power? That remains an open question. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Anna Hazare, Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Corruption, Democracy, India Against Corruption, Jan Lok Pal, Left politics, Parliamentary Democracy, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Team Anna, United Progressive Alliance
Categories : India, Media, Mobilisation and Movements, Politics
This is the draft of the edit I wrote for EPW published in the 18-24 April, 2009 edition.
[Uttar Pradesh as a bellwether province in the Indian general elections; then and now.] Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Bahujan Samaj Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Brahmin, Congress, Dalit, Mayawati, Muslim, Samajwadi Party
Categories : EPW, Mobilisation and Movements, Politics, Religion, Secularism, Secularisation