India, Left Politics, Politics, South Asia

Ifs and buts of Elections 2019

I am not a psephologist, neither do I owe the ability to perfectly predict what goes on inside mind of Indians. Social scientists of variety have been at it to tell us who will win, whose winnability is it this time in Indian Parliamentary elections. Facebook's, WhatsApp and so on, they are all over it.… Continue reading Ifs and buts of Elections 2019

India, Laloo Prasad Yadav, Left Politics, Movements, Politics, South Asia

The Battle at Begusarai: More than loss and win it is about what kind of politics we want

There are a lot of anti-BJP intellectuals who have not been writing why people should vote for Kanhaiya Kumar. And I understand the predicament. For them, dilemma emanates from the fact that either of the anti-BJP candidates – RJD or CPI – would work. I also understand why both are put at the same plane… Continue reading The Battle at Begusarai: More than loss and win it is about what kind of politics we want

Uncategorized

Begusarai – Has BJP made it a prestige issue?

A thirty two year old is pitched against a senior, seasoned politician in an otherwise non-descript constituency called Begusarai. But it does not seem non-descript at all. Initially, it was RJD's insistence to not have CPI on its alliance (largely because of this candidate) and now it is because of an interesting battle on cards.… Continue reading Begusarai – Has BJP made it a prestige issue?

Uncategorized

Vote for ‘Change’ is after all not a vote for change

This is historic not because BJP has won the General Elections 2014 but because it decimated Gandhis, Samajwadi Party, Mayawati, Nitish Kumar, Lalu Yadav and the Left. Jayalalitha, Mamta Banerjee and Navin Pattnaik have somehow held onto their grounds. The Facebook, at least whose posts were visible to me, went silent once it became evident… Continue reading Vote for ‘Change’ is after all not a vote for change

India, Movements, Politics

More of Anti Working Class Indian Left: Again Moving in the Same Direction

India will go to elections in 2014 and the battlelines are gradually getting drawn (or may be redrawn). And CPI(M) and CPI are once again looking for new allies. They are also planning to go back to what they have been doing all along - mistaking the aim of increasing seats in Parliaments for a… Continue reading More of Anti Working Class Indian Left: Again Moving in the Same Direction