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Javed M Ansari

Javed M Ansari

Political analystjavedmansari@gmail.com
The writer is a senior journalist and political analyst.

By Javed M Ansari

Yes, Minister: Arun Jaitley, the man who powered Force Modi

Arun Jaitley has been a key political support for Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Although poor health made him step out of govt formation, speculation is rife over the informal role he could play.

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Rahul Gandhi tenders his resignation: But will that go any further?

The CWC has rejected the Congress President's resignation. But will he be convinced to stay?

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How Brand Modi Won: BJP's strategic planning and a united leadership proved to be the opposition's undoing

If the 2014 polls was a verdict against Congress, verdict 2019 is all for Modi. The opposition realised this gap much too late.

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A Formidable Challenge: The Mahagathbandhan is proving to be the BJP's nemesis in UP

The SP-BSP-RLD Mahagathbandhan in UP is giving the BJP a tough battle on each Lok Sabha seat. The cooperation between all three is also seamless. None of this is music to BJP's ears.

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Whose surgical strike anyway: The armed forces are caught in a messy tug-of-war between the BJP and the Congress

The politicisation of the armed forces and attacks on Pakistan continues unabated in the final leg of Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

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The Battle for Bhopal, and India: It's Sadhvi Pragya vs Digvijay Singh and regression vs progress

Sadhvi Pragya and Digvijay Singh are all set for battle. This is probably the first time ever that a terror accused has been given a Parliamentary ticket by a mainstream party. That itself speaks volumes.

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Making Hate So Normal: The BJP fielding Pragya Thakur is an attempt to mainstream terror accused persons. Our silence is criminal

Why does the switching of a spokesperson from Congress to Shiv Sena get more attention than the implications of the BJP fielding Sadhvi Pragya from Bhopal? The answer to this should disturb us all.

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Strangely weak EC? Why does the Election Commission need a rap on its knuckles from the SC to do its job?

It's been facing charges of acting slowly against some offenders, and not acting against others at all. The EC must assert itself strongly now, to provide a level field to all candidates and regain the trust of voters.

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A bold new Congress: From alliances to AFSPA, how the grand old party is newly asserting itself

The Congress leadership seems boosted by a new confidence, reflecting in its manifesto and key political moves. Criticism from friends and foes isn't shaking the party so far.

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National security vs NYAY: Two issues that will dominate the political discourse in Lok Sabha elections 2019

The template is set — and so is the stage for Lok Sabha 2019 elections.

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Lok Sabha 2019: The Opposition looks a divided house, and its weakness could help the Modi govt return for a second term

The Opposition appears disorganised and disparate, struggling to sew up its alliances. In contrast, the NDA has its act together and this could be its biggest strength.

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Lok Sabha 2019: Is Priyanka Gandhi the Brahmastra the Congress has waited for all these years?

While she captured many hearts with her maiden speech as a politician, Priyanka Gandhi has the onerous task of resurrecting the party at both the regional and national levels.

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Lok Sabha Polls 2019: BJP's strategy to push regional alliances is far ahead of the Congress' game-plan

Will the opposition parties' lack of proper strategising prove to be their undoing in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls?

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Surgical Strikes 2.0: How air strikes have titled the balance of 2019 polls in Modi's favour

By sheer coincidence of circumstances, the IAF strike could not have come at a more opportune moment for the beleaguered government.

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Kolkata rally: A statement of intent. But also, a picture of faultlines

With Mayawati's political moves and Mamata's rally, it's clear they're both contenders for the PM's seat. But what about the Congress' Rahul Gandhi?

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Assembly polls 2018: Rahul Gandhi truly deserves all the credit for Congress' comeback

Rahul inherited a much tougher landscape than other Congress Presidents. With the Congress winning now, he's proved his leadership. But tougher challenges lie ahead.

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Wild, wild Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Adityanath's govt has prioritised cow protection. How about protecting human beings too?

Rape, murder and lynch mob attacks have become the new normal ever since the Yogi Adityanath-led government came to power in UP.

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As the political rhetoric on all sides worsens, one can only ask, 'Ye andaz-e-guftagu kya hai?'

Polls now are seeing terrible language used for political rivals, and even their families, by all sides. There was, however, a gentler time in politics when politicians behaved like gentlemen

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The BJP’s renaming of Muslim heritage places is just hollow politics

By making Faizabad Ayodhya, the Sangh wants to emphasise ‘Hindu glory’ and ‘Muslim otherness’. But it will ignore broken roads, crowded hospitals and lack of schools.

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Karnataka bypolls show BJP can be defeated, but opposition unity is the key

To pull off a win in 2019, the opposition must stop fighting over who their leader will be.

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Why the Supreme Court – and only the SC – must decide on Ayodhya

While fuelling politics, the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid dispute has claimed multiple lives. Even as netas now make threats over it, in a civilised country, only the law should prevail.

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Gujarat polls: Shifting focus from development to Rahul Gandhi's religion is a sign of BJP's desperation

The saffron party is back to basics - religious polarisation - even as the Congress is feeding the religious narrative.

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Why Modi and Amit Shah can no longer take BJP victory in Gujarat for granted

If the party manages to hold on to the state, it will tout that as an endorsement of its decisions like the GST.

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Even if BJP wins and Congress loses Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi will still emerge victorious

The Congress believes the party's moment in the state is finally at hand.

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Significance of Rahul Gandhi's 'elevation' as Congress president

The Gandhi scion is likely to take over as AICC chief by end of this month.

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Dynasty politics is here to stay - Mayawati just proved Rahul Gandhi right

The induction of her nephew into BSP comes barely six months after her brother Anand Kumar was made the party vice-president.

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Mood of the Nation poll says Rahul Gandhi is the best alternative to PM Modi

Although prime minister is riding a popularity wave, given the economic uncertainties that lie ahead, he might just be tempted to hold elections earlier than scheduled.

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Why it's important for Ahmed Patel to weather the Amit Shah storm in Gujarat

BJP's 'operation' to unseat the senior Congress leader from Rajya Sabha has been in the works for several months.

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Key questions Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad must answer

A man who could have possibly been PM has chosen to limit himself to being a CM.

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