Bhanu Joshi
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A fundamental shift in electoral behaviour

Role of the intermediary in Indian politics stands fundamentally decimated with welfare delivery — and political attribution and power — centralised in party leaders. This was most pronounced in UP

What explains this shift of loyalties away from local intermediaries? Fundamentally, this is attributed to the nature of change in the Indian State, and its increasing focus on direct cash transfers to citizens (SUNIL GHOSH/HTPHOTO)
What explains this shift of loyalties away from local intermediaries? Fundamentally, this is attributed to the nature of change in the Indian State, and its increasing focus on direct cash transfers to citizens (SUNIL GHOSH/HTPHOTO)
Updated on Mar 10, 2022 10:34 PM IST

Polls analysis: Several uncertainties remain in battle for UP

The first misconception is that the BJP wins simply by superior performance in areas dominated by Hindus as compared to Muslims.

One big question for BJP’s electoral fortunes will be the extent to which Hindu-Muslim polarisation continues to structure voting outcomes in UP.
One big question for BJP’s electoral fortunes will be the extent to which Hindu-Muslim polarisation continues to structure voting outcomes in UP.
Updated on Mar 08, 2022 11:30 AM IST

The micro narratives that shaped the poll agenda in Uttar Pradesh

UP election: There is a significant dip in religious polarisation in Purvanchal as we move from western Uttar Pradesh. And eastern UP doesn’t have either an urban agglomeration or agricultural surplus like the NCR in western UP to boost the region’s economy.

UP election: People stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the last phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly election in Varanasi. (REUTERS)
UP election: People stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the last phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly election in Varanasi. (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 07, 2022 05:09 PM IST

Party versus identity politics in Punjab polls

In Punjab, groups and interests have coalesced around parties: the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), originally an explicitly religious party representing the rural Sikh class, and the Congress, having roots across social groups, including the state’s Hindus

A polling official takes out an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from the case at a distribution centre on the eve of Punjab Assembly elections, in Amritsar on Saturday. (Raminder Pal Singh)
A polling official takes out an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from the case at a distribution centre on the eve of Punjab Assembly elections, in Amritsar on Saturday. (Raminder Pal Singh)
Updated on Feb 20, 2022 04:55 AM IST

Rural-urban divide may shape AAP prospects

Many are wondering if AAP will emerge victorious, especially with SAD seemingly in a weaker position and without longtime ally, BJP. Congress, too, has baggage from its messy ouster of former chief minister (CM) Amarinder Singh and the ensuing contentious battle over who would be the CM face.

AAP rose to political prominence in Punjab in the 2014 national election by winning four out of 13 parliamentary constituencies in the state.(File Photo | Representational Image)
AAP rose to political prominence in Punjab in the 2014 national election by winning four out of 13 parliamentary constituencies in the state.(File Photo | Representational Image)
Updated on Feb 19, 2022 06:55 AM IST

Hindus’ consolidation may shape Uttar Pradesh election results

As one moves east from Muzaffarnagar district to Bareilly district, there is a noticeable shift in the social context

Unlike the outright Hindu-Muslim polarisation that drove BJP’s support in Phase 1 ACs in 2017, the party relied on the popularity of PM Modi to mollify tensions between various caste groups and paper over local rivalries in Phase 2 ACs. (PTI)
Unlike the outright Hindu-Muslim polarisation that drove BJP’s support in Phase 1 ACs in 2017, the party relied on the popularity of PM Modi to mollify tensions between various caste groups and paper over local rivalries in Phase 2 ACs. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 17, 2022 02:41 AM IST

UP polls: Understanding shifts in caste, religious identities

Hindu-Muslim polarisation is not as outwardly visible despite being an everyday reality. Many Jats, who once openly voted on the basis of a “Hindu identity”, are fighting the election side-by-side with Muslims due to the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance.

Supporters gather at an election rally addressed by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of state elections in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, India, Friday, February 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Supporters gather at an election rally addressed by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of state elections in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, India, Friday, February 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
Published on Feb 14, 2022 03:42 AM IST

Understanding shifts in caste, religious identities in UP polls

In 2017, the BJP turned the area into a series of “census elections” where it could win the election based upon the numerical dominance of the Hindu vote as compared to any plausible coalition of dominant caste groups and Muslims

Hindu-Muslim polarisation is not as outwardly visible despite being an everyday reality. Many Jats, who once openly voted on the basis of a “Hindu identity”, are fighting the election side-by-side with Muslims due to the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance/ (AP)
Hindu-Muslim polarisation is not as outwardly visible despite being an everyday reality. Many Jats, who once openly voted on the basis of a “Hindu identity”, are fighting the election side-by-side with Muslims due to the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance/ (AP)
Published on Feb 14, 2022 12:03 AM IST

Himachal election results 2017: Why the hill state always votes for one or the other national party

The voters in Himachal have been offered choices between parties like the Sukh Ram led Himachal Vikas Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and the Communist Party of India (CPI-M). However, good intents or high motives seem dwarfed under the question of the “ability to govern”

Party workers and supporters celebrating the BJP’s success in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh outside the BJP headquarters, in New Delhi on Monday(PTI)
Party workers and supporters celebrating the BJP’s success in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh outside the BJP headquarters, in New Delhi on Monday(PTI)
Published on Dec 20, 2017 11:06 AM IST

Citizens are the foundation for smart cities

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Aug 24, 2016 11:22 AM IST

To succeed, citizens must have more say in the Smart Cities Mission

The absence of grievance architecture could result in resistance or the creation of spatially and economically polarised cities

One of the significant resistances to the mission has come from West Bengal, where the state government has decided to opt out of competition and not submit proposals for any other city.(HT file)
One of the significant resistances to the mission has come from West Bengal, where the state government has decided to opt out of competition and not submit proposals for any other city.(HT file)
Updated on Aug 21, 2016 10:24 PM IST
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