Religion and politics in India are so deeply intertwined that it’s hard to tell one from the other in many cases. In the last decade of increasing economic prosperity and exploding media, the reach and character of India's religious institutions have changed. They are now global, moneyed and deeply interested in India's politics: Hindu, Christian, Sikh and Islamic. Holy Politics will look at religious sects and leaders who influence electoral politics in different parts of the country.
In an apparent dig at Varun Gandhi and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who took the Hindutva line during the Lok Sabha poll campaign, senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said the era of "Mandal and Kamandal" was over and development was the main issue.
Restricted to only four of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, RJD on Wednesday said its poor showing in the just-concluded polls was mainly due to the division of secular votes and not because of the "so-called" development agenda of Nitish-Kumar NDA government.
BSP supremo Mayawati's social engineering formula, which reaped rich dividends in the Assembly polls, failed to click with voters this time around with only a handful of Brahmins, Thakurs and Muslims winning.
Soon after the declaration of election results in Chhattisgarh on Saturday afternoon, a senior BJP tribal leader and four times Lok Sabha member from Bastar created stir when he questioned the choice of the party to project L K Advani as Prime Ministerial candidate.
They trudged through sand dunes in the searing heat, climbed icy peaks and crossed treacherous waters to reach that one goal - a polling station.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M. Venkaiah Naidu arrived in the Andhra Pradesh capital Tuesday in an apparent attempt to woo N. Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
Controversial Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Varun Gandhi appears to have polarised Pilibhit on communal and even caste lines like never before, making the outcome of the May 13 Lok Sabha poll in Pilibhit quite unpredictable.
While there may not be any tectonic shift in Muslim voting patterns across the key North Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in this election, there are distinct signs that these may not be as predictable as in the recent past. The trend may hurt Mulayam-Lalu, benefit Cong, Maya and Nitish. Vikas Pathak reports.
The Bahujan Samaj Party on Sunday said that Uttar Pradesh government had nothing to do with the cancellation of Varun Gandhi's election rally which was to be held today in Bareilly district.
The Congress on Saturday continued its flip-flop over Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, with senior party leader Digvijay Singh saying the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader has, "by and large, a secular image".
Welcoming the revocation of NSA against Varun Gandhi, the Rajasthan unit of BJP today said the recommendation of the Uttar Pradesh advisory board is "triumph of truth over untruth".
Reservation in state government jobs, a state minorities commission and safeguarding churches. With 150,000 Christians in this constituency and a high stakes poll game under way, the community's demands are being backed by the Congress and being "considered" by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
India has been independent for 60 years, the dhoti has given way to the trouser, and the royal city of Jaipur has turned into a metropolis, but atrocities against Hinduism's lowest castes just don't stop. They were beaten up, denied entry to 65 Rajasthan booths. Sachin Saini reports.
At 52 per cent, the voter turnout in the Capital might have been the highest in 18 years but final figures show that Muslim pockets across the city did not come out to vote in large numbers, reports HT Correspondent.
Two brothers were brutally beaten up by their cousins for supporting an opposing political party. Rajesh and Rameshwar, who are affiliated with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), reportedly didn’t like that fact that their cousins Sanjeev Kumar and Sushil Kumar, Congress party workers, were cheering for their party (Congress).