Dipankar Ghose
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HT interview: Congress has given recognition... will have collective leadership, says TS Singh Deo

A day after his appointment, Singhdeo said that the idea of his being deputy CM was first floated in 2022

Chhattisgarh Deputy Chief Minister TS Singh Deo (Twitter)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 10:15 PM IST

What Karnataka poll result means for Modi, BSY, Siddaramaiah, Kharge, Deve Gowda

What do assembly election results imply for the country’s top leaders? A look at the verdict and its impact

The Karnataka election result is a reminder that even for Narendra Modi, the non-Hindi speaking parts of the country remain a challenge, especially in local contests against strong local leadership. (PTI File Photo/PIB)
Updated on May 14, 2023 08:25 AM IST

How the Congress won Karnataka

The combination of a rooted unified leadership, messaging around local issues, strong social coalition, and a clever campaign that capitalised on anti-incumbency helped Congress

The Congress ended up winning 137 of Karnataka’s 244 seats (Twitter Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2023 12:32 AM IST

What didn’t work for the BJP in Karnataka election

The party’s biggest failure was engineering a smoother transition from the old to the new leadership

Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai ran a government that put communal issues front and centre (Basavaraj S Bommai Twitter)
Updated on May 14, 2023 12:38 AM IST

The JD(S) confronts an existential crisis

Karnataka election results: The JD(S) fell to its lowest seat tally of 19 since 1999 when the fledgling party first fought elections, falling from 37 in 2018

The two governments led by HD Kumaraswamy collapsed under the weight of their internal contradictions (PTI fILE pHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2023 12:29 AM IST

Communal undertones may sway fortunes in coastal Karnataka

The western coast of Karnataka with 21 assembly seats including the two from the hills of Kodagu, is where religion drives politics, and life.

Union home minister Amit Shah's during a roadshow ahead of Karnataka Assembly elections, at Madikeri in Kodagu. (Amit Shah Twitter)
Updated on May 02, 2023 01:38 PM IST

Karnataka polls: Deve Gowda’s legacy holds the key in Old Mysuru battleground

In many ways, the electoral fate of HD Deve Gowda and his Janata Dal(Secular) is one of the defining questions of the Karnataka assembly elections.

Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda (right) with his son HD Kumaraswamy at a programme in Mysuru on March 26. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 12:12 PM IST
By, Hassan/mysuru

Bengaluru’s silenced slums may hold unlikely Karnataka poll key

The shift happens quickly and violently

A 2021 survey found that Bengaluru has 597 slum areas. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 06:13 PM IST
By, Bengaluru

Bhiwani killings: How pride intertwines with fear, ‘gau raksha’ in Haryana

From grainy videos of high-speed chases to pitched gun battles, from villages that take pride in enforcing a controversial law to villages living in fear of being targeted: Inside the politics of cow protection in the state.

Outside Monu Manesar’s house in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 10, 2023 12:02 PM IST
ByLeena Dhankar and Dipankar Ghose, Manesar/nuh/gurugram

Counting milestones: A day in the life of the Bharat Jodo Yatra

Hundreds of frantic feet are kicking up dust, and the tarred lane is unable to hold the numbers on it. First there is a marching band, then a media van, then a ring of security guards holding a thick rope in a bid to separate the man in the centre from the crowds rushing towards him.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leading a sea of padayatris during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra, in Bundi. (ANI)
Published on Dec 16, 2022 11:55 PM IST
By, Sawai Madhopur

Gujarat election results: AAP plays spoiler, claims win with national status

Gujarat election results: For over three months, the biggest names in the AAP — from party chief Arvind Kejriwal to Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann and Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha — made Gujarat their second home.

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal during a roadshow in Gujarat’s Rajkot. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 04:05 PM IST
ByMaulik Pathak and Dipankar Ghose

Gujarat elections: Bridge collapse tragedy looms over electoral battle in Morbi

Gujarat election: It’s clear that the politics in and around Morbi at the moment revolves around the bridge collapse.

135 people were killed after the bridge in Gujarat’s Morbi district collapsed on October 31. (AP)
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 01:45 PM IST

In Patidar backyard, calm and confusion

This non-descript village, 60km from Ahmedabad and 10km from the town of Viramgam, surrounded by fields of paddy, jowar and bajra, was the epicentre of the Patidar movement, perhaps the biggest political threat faced by the BJP in the state in over two decades.

Patidars form about 15% of Gujarat’s population. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 07:53 PM IST
By, Viramgam

Tribal dilemma in Congress stronghold

Some men travel on their cycles to the JK Paper Mills in Songarh, around 10km away. Different world it may be, but this poll season, villages such as Thuti are bathed in political significance.

The road to Thuti has divided the village residents between the desire for development and local displacement (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2022 12:26 PM IST
By, Tapi

In land of diamonds and textiles, larger Guj pointers from triangular contest

By night, deeply business-oriented as it is, Surat is alive well into the wee hours, the malls and shopping complexes full of customers. “There is something in the water of the river Tapi. It makes things grow,” Chainani said. “But every garden needs a gardener, even if you have water. And the BJP has always been strong here.”

BJP’s Ravi Kishan addresses supporters in Surat on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 01:00 PM IST
By, Surat

Refocusing our lens to view wildlife health holistically

We must recognise how intricately wildlife health is related to human health. This will be possible only if we pay close attention to the criticality of the "one health" approach

Lumpy skin disease of livestock needs to be checked as there is a potential for disease transmission to wild herbivores. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 04, 2022 07:38 PM IST

Congress political crisis: The parallels in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh

In both Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, as much as the Congress governments have been battling the BJP, they have been waging an internal war too

The chief ministers of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have consolidated their positions, angering the men that want to take over (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 06:24 PM IST

Modi’s outreach bested Akhilesh Yadav’s caste calculus in UP’s eastern reaches

Senior BJP leaders credited rallies by PM Narendra Modi in the eastern parts for turning the sentiment in the BJP’s favour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded by BJP leaders following the party's win in the Uttar Pradesh assembly election in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)

Assembly polls: What the verdict means for top leaders

Narendra Modi Barely three months ago, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to be facing political headwinds in Uttar Pradesh

BJP supporters celebrate after party's victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, in Varanasi on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 12:48 AM IST

UP polls: Ansari’s shadow looms over badlands of Mau

Uttar Pradesh assembly election 2022: Abbas Ansari, the son of the sitting five-time MLA Mukhtar Ansari, is fighting on a ticket from Om Prakash Rajbhar’s SBSP, in an alliance with the SP.

Mukhtar Ansari has won the Mau Sadar assembly seat five times since 1996. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Mar 03, 2022 11:39 PM IST

In east UP, unemployment woes linger in the air

Uttar Pradesh assembly election 2022: Across Uttar Pradesh, from urban centres such as Prayagraj and Varanasi to smaller districts such as Chandauli and Mirzapur, there is a significant narrative on the ground that the BJP has not done enough on employment and filling up government vacancies.

Just before the pandemic, UP's labour market was affected by a lack of good quality jobs in comparison with other states (HT File)
Published on Mar 03, 2022 01:19 AM IST

Will shifting loyalties swing east UP elections?

In eastern UP, in what seems like an election on a knife edge, the movement of these leaders and their ability to bring their castes along with them, may well define the election.

BJP supporters at a rally in Kushinagar, amid the ongoing UP elections, on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 02, 2022 04:45 AM IST
By, Kushinagar

UP elections: Long shadow of Phoolan Devi’s legacy on Mirzapur

On the banks of the Ganga in Mirzapur’s Purana Bada, a group of three Nishad men are talking about their heroes, and inevitably, one in particular.

Phoolan Devi. (File Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2022 04:38 AM IST
By, Mirzapur

Eastern concerns: Floating bodies to stray cattle

The state administration was accused of severe undercounting of cases and deaths but even the official numbers are high: 8,108 deaths in May 2021, and 3,438 deaths in April 2021.

Stray cattles have become a poll issue in UP.
Updated on Feb 26, 2022 05:12 AM IST
By, Shringverpur (prayagraj)

What will decide high-stakes UP contest?

If BJP retains power in the state, it will be the first government to do so in over three decades; but its aura of invincibility will be undeniably dented if SP emerges victorious

Much of what happens in the next two years – in the run-up to 2024 – will be decided by the results of that one election. (AP)
Updated on Feb 09, 2022 05:52 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pride, resentment: Brahmins caught in 2 emotions

Upper caste voters such as Mishra make up around 20% of Uttar Pradesh’s electoral population, with Brahmins accounting for almost half that number.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath waves towards supporters during the inauguration of BJP's 'Jan Vishwas Yatra' in Mathura ahead of the 2022 UP elections.(PTI Photo)
Published on Feb 08, 2022 05:10 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

In West and central UP, could shared identity as farmers bridge communal divide?

A 2019 NSS report on the “situation assessment of agricultural households and land and livestock holdings of households in rural India” pegs the number of agricultural households in Uttar Pradesh at 65.4% .

Lakhimpur Kheri goes to the polls in three weeks, in the fourth phase on February 23, and the campaign is yet to pick up.
Updated on Feb 03, 2022 12:28 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Sisauli/lakhimpur Kheri

UP polls: Consolidation of Muslim, Hindu votes in focus in Saharanpur

Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2022: In 2012, with a population that has 41.95% Muslims, and 21% Dalits, of its seven seats, four were won by the Bahujan Samaj Party, one by the BJP, one by the Congress, and one by the SP. In 2017, aided by a fierce Hindu polarisation, the BJP won four seats, including Deoband, with two going to the Congress, and one to the SP.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing a public rally, at Deoband, in Saharanpur on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2022 11:47 PM IST

Farmers first or Hindus first? Jats in Muzaffarnagar face an odd dilemma

Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2022: Muzaffarnagar comes in western UP, a region that sends around 140 representatives to the 403-strong state assembly.

Farmers protesting against farm laws at Ghazipur, New Delhi, October 29, 2021 (PTI)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 11:44 PM IST

In stronghold Agra, Dalits start speaking of BSP again

Agra, with its nine seats in the district, has come to be known for two things. For the Taj Mahal. And, in politics, as the Dalit capital of Uttar Pradesh, fuelled by the 21% of its population that belongs to the scheduled caste.

BSP chief Mayawati (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 09:37 AM IST
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