Rajiv Desai

OPEN TO OPINION

Political analyst based in Delhi.

VOICES

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Gujarat election 2017: BJP rattled, Rahul Gandhi has one-upped Modi in his backyard

Almost as if in recognition of the effort, the Congress party nominated him president.

VOICES

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Hardik Patel 'sex CD' makes BJP look foolish, exposes its little understanding of sex

Rahul Gandhi, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mevani have all backed the young politician and charged the BJP with 'playing dirty politics'.

VOICES

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What makes leaders like Modi get away with wiping out 2% of India's GDP in the name of demonetisation?

Behind the rise of despotic populists are two global factors: the huge technological advances and the loss of jobs.

POLITICS

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POLITICS

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Hindutva can be a racist and neocolonial force, but not Hinduism

It is a network of cults that may be embarked on a 21st century attempt to colonise India.

POLITICS

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Trump or Hillary, American politics will never be the same again

The Republican candidate's rise has to do with the systematic weakening of liberal hold on American imagination.

POLITICS

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By raising Balochistan issue, Modi may have walked into a trap

PM's Independence Day speech was a shocking demonstration of foreign policy.

POLITICS

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Modi-Trump conundrum: Hindu revivalist, American carpetbagger

Both are willing to embrace the most egregious forms of bigotry, something America is not used to and India is finding hard to deal with.

POLITICS

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Will Modi stop marching to the beat of his own drum?

The PM's trip to Africa has already been overshadowed by ridicule and criticism.

POLITICS

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Does Swamy want Jaitley’s job, or is he aiming higher?

The Rajya Sabha MP's recent exertions suggest he has found Modi sarkar's weak spot.