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Assam Elections 2021

Hyper-populism riding on welfare schemes along with a polarised campaign on religious lines paved the way for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance’s return to power in Assam. As the new government resumes office, it remains to be seen if it will continue its emphasis on polarising issues such as reverification of National Register of Citizens and ban or focus on larger issues like the Covid-19 pandemic, flood and erosion that continue to hamper the state’s development.

Farm Reforms, Protests and By-election in Haryana

The central agricultural reforms have emerged as a new factor that played a vital role in the recently held by-election in a Haryana assembly constituency. Due to opposition from farmers and political parties to the so-called new farm reforms, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Jannayak Janta Party coalition has remarkably lost its vote share and an opportunity to win a rural constituency by-election. The Indian National Congress has become a major beneficiary of opposition to central new farm legislation in Haryana.

Political Significance of Assembly Election Results

The recent election results negate the politics of dominance cherished at the centre.

Disciplining the Legislature

The desire to stay in power undermines the decency of legislative institutions.

Whither West Bengal?

Parliament election results could be a deceptive indicator of the local power dynamics.

Cow Slaughter Laws as State-sanctioned Violence

The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020 is the most recent attempt of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state to make for harsh cow slaughter laws, which have been used in the past to disproportionately target Dalits and Muslims across the country. The bill is poorly drafted and offends notions of rule of law and procedural justice, raising questions on whether it is even intended to be applied as a law or is just a tool of state-sanctioned violence.

BJP’s Twitter Experiments and Tamil Resilience

While the shock and awe campaign of the Bharatiya Janata Party and right-wing affiliates in Tamil Nadu social media circles has been spilling over to offline public discourse more than before, one still cannot but observe the inability of such campaigns to draw support from a wider audience.

Nagging Annals of the Babri Verdict

Institutional failure that led to the verdict suggests spontaneity as the sure route to escape from conviction.

Symbiotic Federalism

The federal government should be the manifestation of the principle of fairness towards the states.

The Curious Case of the Congress Party

The extraordinary nature of the crisis faced by the Congress means that the revival of the party is necessarily predicated upon its renewal. This task becomes particularly onerous as it has to be achieved in the face of a challenge posed by the ruthless hegemonic force controlling politics.

Anti-CAA Protests and State Response in Assam: Identity Issues Challenge Hindutva-based Politics

Faced with a backlash over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the Bharatiya Janata Party in Assam has been compelled to resort to the Congress’ approach of granting ethnicity-based recognition to groups. Will the party be able to recover lost ground before the next elections?

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