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Indian political scene heats up

India’s political foes sharpen attacks as vote approaches India s ruling party and its main rival put the finishing touches to their election campaigns Sunday, sharpening their attacks before voting begins next week in the biggest election in history. There are 900 million Indians eligible to vote in the poll, which starts Thursday and lasts nearly six weeks, with results to …

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BJP’s UP success may start a fire

Synopsis The ruling BJP’s emphatic win in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, along with success in Uttarakhand and Manipur have placed the party on a triumphant path for the parliamentary elections of 2019. While the BJP has focused on economic development to gain these victories, fears of Hindu extremism has risen in the country. Commentary THE RULING Bharatiya …

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India’s politics of upper and lower castes

India’s politics of upper and lower castes

Whatever Uttar Pradesh elections deliver next year, the nascent poll campaign has already sprung a big surprise — mainstreaming of Brahmin grievance. As the poll wagon starts rolling in the most “bahujanized” of political landscapes,Congress is getting set to hold “Brahmin sammelans” to stoke collective community nostalgia about its heyday, a coded reference to its ‘slide’ post-Mandal-BSP. The strategy is …

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