Nalin Mehta
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BJP’s N-E triumph is a remarkable feat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push and three key strategies helped the party win over a region it once had no presence in

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited the North-East over 50 times in the last four years, views the region as an Indian growth engine (ANI)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 08:10 AM IST

In Gujarat elections, a battle of prestige

In this triangular fight that upends the state’s two-party polity, the BJP is banking on Brand Modi, Congress on grassroots workers and the AAP on a narrative of change. The outcome will hinge on how much of Congress’s votes shift to the AAP

Barring West Bengal, no major state has had such continuous rule by any non-Congress party. Narendra Modi was the architect of this ascent (ANI)
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 08:36 PM IST

The two different machines of Modi’s BJP and Congress

From grassroots cadre to a digital army, from aspirations to ideology, the BJP’s party structure – much like the Congress of the past – is now fortified. How the Congress decides to contend with this hegemon, as it gears up to elect a new party president, will be crucial for its survival

Today, it is possible to find dedicated men and women — karyakartas — in brand new Bharatiya Janata Party offices across India. It is relatively more difficult, however, to find a large cohort of dedicated ideological workers in older Congress offices anymore. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 03, 2022 07:16 PM IST

A new social evolution dawns on the Republic

Droupadi Murmu’s rise to Raisina Hill is indeed remarkable. A symbolic yet tactical move by the BJP, it marks a strategic shift to broaden its out-reach to India’s tribals

Murmu’s election flagged off a renewed political debate. A big critique by those opposed to her has been that the move is only symbolic and won’t amount to much real gain for tribal populations. This argument misses the point since the presidency has always been about symbolism. (PTI)
Published on Jul 21, 2022 08:39 PM IST

The BJP has changed the old rules of politics

The sweeping win shows the social coalition that powered the party to victories in 2014 and 2019 is not only intact but now stronger and deeper. This is due to the appeal of PM Modi and CM Yogi

This election has seen the making of a Yogi constituency. By winning a mandate of incumbency in India’s most politically significant state, he has carved out a unique place for himself among the BJP’s regional satraps. (HT)
Published on Mar 10, 2022 10:14 PM IST

How the BJP went beyond its upper-caste bastion

The BJP has become the most socially representative party in UP by caste. In the process, the party has reduced upper-caste dominance. However, this social engineering has been done without losing the support of the upper-castes

The BJP has long been considered an upper-caste-dominated party by those who study it.(Ashok Dutta/HTPhoto)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 07:38 PM IST
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