History has an uncanny way of intruding into contemporary life and shaping our public conversation. A new controversy emerged recently over the relationship between Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhas Chandra Bose.
Articles by Chanakya
- Three religious petitions have dredged up decades-old communal tensions. But there are key differences that will determine how the movement evolves — the most critical being the BJP’s increased stature
- Both politics and economics have forced Indian federalism into unchartered territory. The Centre and states need to work out a model that doesn’t let political competition lead to economic recklessness
- Delhi needs to have an honest conversation about what Washington brings to the table, and continue its structural shift westwards
For the BJP, the political goal is 2024. Its governance goal should be bridging divisions, improving health and education, and boosting incomes
- The PM is right. The BJP is in pole position to return to power for a third term
This election is perhaps the first when the power of Dalit voters is front and centre; the single-biggest issue of farm laws has morphed into questions of agrarian distress and unsteady incomes; and both contenders — the Congress and AAP — are vying to be the ultimate aam aadmi
Invest in education; increase allocation to the rural job guarantee scheme and launch a similar one targeting the urban poor; enhance capital expenditure; formulate a new deal for agriculture; continue elements of the Covid-19 relief package announced last year; and no new taxes of any kind
The outcome of the election in India’s most-populous state will depend on whether the electorate decides to support a party or a person, vote on the basis of their caste or faith, and whether a majoritarian order is successful in papering over local grievances
The most significant U-turn by the government since 2014 will shape the politics of both the establishment and the Opposition
The stakes are high for all, but the BJP’s will to win and its fusion of leadership, social alliances, and narrative of development and law and order makes it the front-runner at the moment
The revelations will have profound implications on India’s domestic politics, institutional relationships, and the nature of the contract between the State and citizens
Both sides have an interest in ensuring a working session. The government wants to put forth its defence; Opposition feels the occasion is ripe to corner the treasury benches
The politics of inclusive Hindutva, spatial expansion, performance legitimacy and electoral and party-building imperatives have driven the Union Cabinet expansion
Both want power. And for that, both want control over information. It is time for a regulatory regime that balances freedom and accountability, and empowers the actual users — citizens.
Conventionally, issues of leadership, politics of identity, alliances, and organisation have determined Uttar Pradesh’s politics. But will the first post-Covid-19 election alter its political categories?
To take on Narendra Modi in 2024, Opposition parties need to decide on their leader — a single leader — in 2021. This is the hardest part of building an alliance, but not doing so may well lead to a repeat of 2014 and 2019
The West Bengal chief minister has to make a set of choices. And those choices will define her political future as well as the future of state and national politics
India faces an unprecedented crisis, a crippling second wave of the pandemic that has strained its health systems and caused suffering. The government is on test
Neither a business-as-usual approach nor a repeat of 2020’s post-lockdown strategy will work. Recognising that defeating this surge of infections is the only way to lay the foundations for economic recovery is crucial.
With the iconic leaders of the Dravidian movement gone, two debutants — EPS and Stalin — are leading their parties for the first time in the assembly polls. At stake is the legacy and future of both the DMK and the AIADMK
Irrespective of whether the TMC stays in power or the BJP wins, the political structure in the state is witnessing a rupture with long-lasting consequences
The polls will shape the trajectory of national politics, determine the balance of power between the Centre and states, and reveal the current strength of national and regional forces
By assuming political ownership of agri-laws and the larger reform agenda, tinged with an element of nationalism and air of flexibility, the PM has outlined the nature of the political battle ahead
International responses to the farm protests are a result of a growing perception that India is turning back on its democratic roots. The most effective way to counter this is through action
India’s economic recovery has been impressive, but there are gaps. In the budget, focus on public spending, enhancing demand, job-oriented growth, health and the financial sector
India has done well. The rollout of the vaccines, despite a set of concerns, is a scientific milestone. But the State must, now, plan ahead
Targeting corporate capitalism won’t help. It is essential for growth and democracy. Focus on reforming it.
Unless the party gets its leadership, messaging, organisation, and social base right, it stares at a third Lok Sabha defeat in 2024
While the Centre should have allowed a longer legislative process, agitators should not have disrupted lives and caused inconvenience to other citizens
Managing South Asia — through hard instruments when unavoidable and close engagement whenever possible — is essential