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BJP leader's illogic on boundary issue with Bangladesh
Jan 02, 2014

BJP leader's illogic on boundary issue with Bangladesh

If the BJP stands by its leader Arun Jaitley's illogic, it must necessarily oppose any negotiation of India's land boundary disputes with any of its neighbours, including China, Pakistan and Nepal. If this is a considered position of a party that is in striking distance of power, one shudders to think what the foreign policy of a BJP government might look like.

BJP manifesto outlines Modi’s vision of Indian nation  
Apr 10, 2019

BJP manifesto outlines Modi’s vision of Indian nation  

The BJP manifesto promises to launch a set of initiatives that include "Jal Jivan Mission” under which a special programme will be introduced to ens

BJP's Beijing
Sep 10, 2014

BJP's Beijing

If Modi is a strong leader who is bringing greater purposefulness to India's China policy, Xi is even more powerful at home. He has conveyed a strong interest in transforming relations with New Delhi and is willing to explore opportunities with Modi.

Between the lines: How the BJP and Congress manifestos hold up on national security
Apr 12, 2019

Between the lines: How the BJP and Congress manifestos hold up on national security

Against the backdrop of the Pulwama suicide bombing and the Balakot air-strikes, national security has acquired a political salience that it might not have otherwise. This is reflected in the manifestos of both the main national parties, the BJP and the Congress.

Delhi polls: BJP, Take five!
Feb 06, 2015

Delhi polls: BJP, Take five!

Charismatic, centralised leadership, like Mr Modi's today and Indira Gandhi's earlier, whilst have a huge advantage in national elections, cannot single-handedly carry a local election. Delhi is likely to make this point to leaders yet again.

Five reasons why BJP lost Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh
Dec 21, 2018

Five reasons why BJP lost Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh

All these issues will be in play in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which explains whether this was a preview of the general elections.

Have youth started deserting BJP?
Oct 06, 2017

Have youth started deserting BJP?

When the BJP-led NDA government had come to power in 2014, it enjoyed the support of the young voters.

If BJP can uplift UP, all of India will gain
Mar 14, 2017

If BJP can uplift UP, all of India will gain

The Narendra Modi performance juggernaut can be rolled out uniformly across the state.

India: BJP gambles for power?
Jul 26, 2013

India: BJP gambles for power?

The principal Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be all ready for the big electoral battle of 2014 in India. It is sniffing power. It feels that its time of reckoning with the people of India has arrived and it only needs to put its act together to realise the dream.

India: Realpolitik vs founding principles, BJP seeks road to power ?
Jun 21, 2013

India: Realpolitik vs founding principles, BJP seeks road to power ?

Eager to discover the road to Delhi's throne, India's main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is trapped in a cleft, not knowing whether to follow the dictates of 'realpolitik' or stick to its original principles as formulated by the party's elders in close consultation with the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) mentor.

Is BJP victory in Gujarat resounding?
Dec 21, 2017

Is BJP victory in Gujarat resounding?

Gujarat has provided a psychological victory for the Congress, while it is a moral defeat for the BJP though it has been able to form the government.

Is the BJP fuelling Kashmiri separatism for electoral gains?
Aug 21, 2019

Is the BJP fuelling Kashmiri separatism for electoral gains?

For the BJP's electoral constituents across India – most of whom only conceive of Kashmir through the constant consumption of propaganda – Modi has scored a huge political win.

Political funding: How BJP and Congress compete for every piece of the pie
Apr 25, 2019

Political funding: How BJP and Congress compete for every piece of the pie

In 2018, the ruling party collected as much as 95% of the donations routed through the electoral bonds.

Post-poll, BJP need to tread carefully in J-K
Dec 30, 2014

Post-poll, BJP need to tread carefully in J-K

Given its unique position, the politics and governance of J&K have always depended on the good relations between the governments in New Delhi and Srinagar. When they have been disrupted, as happened in the 1983-87 period, it was disastrous for the state and the country.

Sankalp Patra: How real are the BJP’s promises?
Apr 10, 2019

Sankalp Patra: How real are the BJP’s promises?

We are far from junking top down, paternalistic, big man rule. Regional political leaders are no different in their preferred style of governance.

Sankalp Patra: How real are the BJP’s promises?
Apr 16, 2019

Sankalp Patra: How real are the BJP’s promises?

Good performance invites the curse of heightened expectations unless tempered by realism. The BJP manifesto fails to walk this tightrope.

The BJP has scuttled the Kashmir coalition
Jun 20, 2018

The BJP has scuttled the Kashmir coalition

A major reason for the BJP’s latest posture is that it has nothing to offer by way of a political dialogue.

Time to deliver for BJP and AAP
Feb 20, 2015

Time to deliver for BJP and AAP

Now, we have single party majority government at the Centre and in Delhi. For both BJP and AAP winning the election was the easy part, relatively. The hard part to fulfill promises, to give least government and maximum governance has just begun.

Unleashing the CBI, the BJP style
Oct 16, 2015

Unleashing the CBI, the BJP style

From 'being the Congress's most trusted alliance partner' during the UPA years, the CBI has now morphed into the BJP's instrumentality of 'fixing' political opponents. Prima facie it appears to be the case and analysts think one will see more empirical evidence of an aggressive CBI in the coming weeks as the BJP feels the pressure on rising intolerance in the country.

UP elections 2017: BSP has a slight advantage over BJP
Nov 02, 2016

UP elections 2017: BSP has a slight advantage over BJP

With less than six months to go, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election of 2017 is engrossing the political class with Mayawati firmly in the driver’s seat

Why BJP did not trifurcate Jammu and Kashmir
Sep 16, 2019

Why BJP did not trifurcate Jammu and Kashmir

Past discussions surrounding Jammu and Kashmir’s possible Balkanisation almost always envisioned Jammu being severed from Kashmir.

Why BJP-PDP divorce in Kashmir was bound to happen
Jun 22, 2018

Why BJP-PDP divorce in Kashmir was bound to happen

The Indian state must use the opportunity that the political crisis has offered to fix the many things that are broken.

Why has the BJP’s win made its MPs tense?
May 01, 2017

Why has the BJP’s win made its MPs tense?

The 2014 campaign was a pulsating and historic one but its essential architecture was unorthodox.