The Bihar outcome has confirmed the pre-poll conventional wisdom about Nitish Kumar's victory based on his successes on the development and law-and-order fronts. But what makes the chief minister stand out?
The main reason for the tiff between the two brothers, MK Azhagiri and MK Stalin, is the preference shown by their father, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, for the latter. In the Shiv Sena, too, the selection of Uddhav by his father Balasaheb Thackeray to lead the party led to Raj walking out and forming his own outfit, the Maharashtra Navnirman Samiti.
Rahul Gandhi's excessive enthusiasm for winning new friends for the Congress has landed his party in some trouble. Several constituents of the UPA led by the Congress have not been amused by this search for partners since it suggests that the party no longer has much faith in the alliance.
Although the Congress has stood by the present incumbent, Manmohan Singh, there is speculation that he may be asked to stand aside in case the party needs the Left's support to form a government.
It is turning out to be one of the most tempestuous polls in recent memory. Every party is being buffeted by gale force electoral winds. The BJP not only lost a decade-old ally, the BJD in Orissa, the spat between party president Rajnath Singh and election strategist Arun Jaitley and Varun Gandhi's speech had the party squirming in discomfort. The Congress is at loggerheads with nearly all its partners, whether it is the RJD and the LJP in Bihar or the SP in Uttar Pradesh or the NCP in Maharashtra. Special: My India my Vote
The patrons of terrorism in Pakistan seem to have miscalculated the impact of their murderous attack on Mumbai. It is unlikely that they anticipated the immense diplomatic pressure which the US would put on Islamabad.
It is no secret that the powers-that-be in New Delhi not only prefer a political person in Rashtrapati Bhavan but one with a thin political CV. Pratibha Patil is one such example.
India has had a tradition of choosing 'political' presidents, with Kalam being the lone exception.
Mayawati, earlier known for her sharp disparaging comments on the upper castes, chose to focus attention on the Dalit-Brahmin alliance in the UP Assembly elections.
It is not easy to explain Lalu Prasad's success as India's railway minister and his earlier failure as chief minister of Bihar.
America is waking up to the prerequisites of dealing with a vibrant democracy, says Amulya Ganguli, a political analyst.
One reason is the absence of American influence on Indian policy, writes Amulya Ganguli.
Advani's reference to "inclusive" politics is a concession to pluralism.
There is little doubt that Dy Prime Minister Advani, the long-standing No 2 in BJP's pecking order, is the man at the heart of the mystery.
This election will confirm BJP's position as a major force in Indian politics, writes Amulya Ganguli.
The unexpected step shows that the BJP is now feeling confident enough to try to mould the NDA in its own image.
The US wants to shock and awe not only Iraq but the whole world
Some victories can be pyrrhic in nature while some defeats can have a touch of glory about them. But not the outcome in Gujarat. Here the BJP has confirmed that politics is drama in real life.