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Verdict 2011: The BJP’s Path to 2014

May 20th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Let us start with two facts. First, if one actually analyses the BJP’s Lok Sabha performance through the years (and a similar analysis can be done for the Congress), it will be seen that the party has won at least once in about 300 of the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies. Second, the BJP is in [...]

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Verdict 2011: Allies or Alone

May 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Much of the narrative that I have read post these Assembly elections is that the national parties (Congress and BJP) need to factor in coalition politics as the way forward since none of them are strong across the country. The Lok Sabha elections will be but an aggregation of the state electoral math – as [...]

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Verdict 2011: The Powerful States

May 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The way India’s political system is structured, elections happen every year, sometimes multiple times in a year. So, some state or the other is always going to the polls every few months. In this situation, there is a sort of N+1 syndrome that creeps into policy-making – the hard decisions are put off because the [...]

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Verdict 2011: The Lessons

May 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment

There are three takeaways that I see in this election. The first is the importance of good governance and development, as perceived by people (the voters). They want more – well-paying jobs, better lives, greater opportunities. The government that can deliver this to them can hope to get re-elected. Anti-incumbency is not the norm. We [...]

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Verdict 2011: The Results

May 16th, 2011 · 4 Comments

After almost exactly two years, it was the day when lots of votes get counted and political fortunes are decided. This time around, it was the four major states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam, along with Puducherry. All the national political parties had plenty to fight for – some more than the [...]

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