Ashok Malik


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The state of play in Uttar Pradesh

Twenty-one of Uttar Pradesh’s 80 Lok Sabha constituencies have now voted. Ten of these seats saw polling on April 10 and covered “sensitive” Muzaffarnagar — where religious violence resulted in killings and internal displacement a few months ago — and neighbouring areas such as Aligarh, Saharanpur and Meerut.

Imagining India after Modi

If the May 16 Lok Sabha verdict is along predicted lines, India could be headed for a busier-than-expected state election calendar later this year. In October a slew of major states — Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Haryana — are due to go to the people.

Who’ll put jannat back in Kashmir?

In recent days, the People’s Democratic Party, led by Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and seen as sympathetic to hardliners in the Kashmir Valley, has publicly proclaimed the National Democratic Alliance government had a better sense of the Kashmir issue. It has criticised the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.

Why the BJP still loves AAP

This past week, the Aam Aadmi Party came back into the media spotlight after a period of relative quiet. Arvind Kejriwal undertook an inspection tour of Gujarat and came up with a bizarre assessment that showed agricultural productivity was falling, the economy was stagnant, joblessness and despair were running high and a poor populace, deprived of electricity, food and fair governance was seething with anger.

Dicing with death

There is no question that the attempt by the J. Jayalalithaa government to release seven people convicted for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi is preposterous and irresponsible.

Missing: India in the sound & fury of polls

It needs to be said that the current election campaign has been treated unfairly by the massive news media infrastructure and industry devoted to reporting and analysing it.

Theory of evolution

It’s been a month since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to office in Delhi and a week since the dharna led by its chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, brought central Delhi to a standstill.

The real 2014 battle: Modi vs Kejriwal

Despite the overenthusiasm in parts of the media, it is far from obvious or even logical that the Aam Aadmi Party is going to win large numbers of seats in the coming Lok Sabha election.

AAP footprint will seal BJP, Cong fate

In a little over 100 days, the first votes would probably have been cast (or pressed) in the Lok Sabha election. What is the state of play as we enter this last phase?

Goodbye, gentlemen

Life is full of ironies. Sports enthusiasts in India spend years and decades pining for that single standout event or landmark they can tell their grandchildren about.

Of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been thoughtlessly and in a hurry jumping into every available situation, without verifying basic facts, to criticise the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Madhu Kishwar, as the editor of Manushi, set the feminism agenda for many Indian women decades ago. Madhu Kishwar as chief media admirer of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi is another story completely. The first Kishwar has been declared missing, never to be found.