Congress prepares for defeat, as smaller parties build castles around it

By Saeed Naqvi,

I thought election 2014 would come with nailbiting suspense until I turned up at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club on Mathura Road where the Congress whiz kid from Chicago, Sam Pitroda, was holding court in a Tarpauline Tent which looked like a parking lot for camels.

The candidate

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh: “What Aligarh thinks today, Indian Muslims think tomorrow,” so goes the saying. Consider the fact that Aligarh that has been associated with Muslims aspirations in modern India has never elected a Muslim Member of Parliament. This year could have been an exception, says Haji Javed Akhtar, if Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had given ticket to him.

BSP in Maharashtra: Struggling to make a mark

By Vanya Mehta,,

After the polls closed in Nagpur, where competing factors include the Brahmin BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari and the incumbent Congress MP Vilas Muttemwar, around 30 male supporters of the Ambedkarite pro-Dalit Bahujan Samaj Party scattered around in groups at the BSP’s Nagpur office discussing the elections.

Is there a Modi Wave in India?

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

Comparing Modi Wave with other waves in India, it’s really hard to call it a wave as it does not match up to wave length of the wave witnessed earlier in India. Just match the Indira wave with the slogan ‘Adhi Roti khaenge Indira ko Bulenege’ in 1980 with ‘Ab ki bar Modi Sakar.’ Do both waves have the same wave length? Well you may be kidding if your answer is yes!

Muslims' Resolve Against Modi/BJP in the 2014 Election - Rare Instance of Unity

By Kaleem Kawaja,

The polling in the parliamentary election began on Monday in the northeastern part of India. This is one of the noisiest and most turbulent election in memory since India became a free nation in 1947. One of the primary reasons is that the Bharti Janata Party is trying to change the governing fabric of the nation. The nation has followed the tradition of first conducting an election and then the elected parliamentarians of the party with the largest number of seats, elect their leader and prime minister. In the instance of a coalition, the coalition of parties do the same. In 1996 when BJP/NDA won the election they followed the same tradition and BJP MPs elected Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Prime Minister.

BJP and the politics of polarization

By George Abraham,

On my recent visit to Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, at the refugee camp of the September 2013 riot victims, the name of Amit Shah often came up during discussions. Mr. Shah is the newly appointed campaign manager for Narendra Modi in Western U.P. For those who are keeping a close tab on the human rights situation in India, Amit Shah‟s name rings an alarm bell.

Magic formula for defeating the BJP

By Syed Shahabuddin,

In General Election 2014 BJP is trying to write a new history in independent India. Not only its prospective Prime Minister Modi, is the first RSS Pracharak to stand for the post but also because his entire election is powered by the Corporate Sector, propelled by the RSS and organized directly by the candidate. No doubt if Modi wins secular India shall turn into Hindu Rashtra thus, fulfilling the dreams of Savarkar and Golvarkar.

In Delhi's Muslim areas, Congress is limping

By Mohd Asim Khan,

New Delhi: If the average Muslim mind in the capital is any indication, the Congress is in trouble in this Lok Sabha election.

Several Muslims IANS spoke to feel that the Congress will not be an en masse beneficiary of the Muslim vote unlike in the December assembly polls that nevertheless ended 15 years of Congress rule in Delhi.

"The community is weighing its options," an elderly Muslim resident of Old Delhi said ahead of Thursday's vote.

Elections 2084, in a Muslim populated India: An overview

By Neyaz Farooquee,

It’s the year 2084, and as predicted over the years by numerous luminaries, scholars, almost noble laureates, future-focused politicians and other leading lights of modern India, by now the Muslim population has overtaken Hindus of the country overwhelmingly.

A proposed airport that matters in Goa's two LS seats

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar,

Panaji: A proposed greenfield airport at a remote plateau in north Goa is expected to play a role in deciding the electoral fate of the two constituencies in Goa which go to the polls April 12.

The proposed airport, which has been a bone of contention and in the eye of a "land scam", has evoked myriad reactions from political parties as well as individual politicians and has to some extent divided opinion on the issue on geographical lines.