Articles by Dipankar Ghose
A day after his appointment, Singhdeo said that the idea of his being deputy CM was first floated in 2022
What do assembly election results imply for the country’s top leaders? A look at the verdict and its impact
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 party’s biggest failure was engineering a smoother transition from the old to the new leadership
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 western coast of Karnataka with 21 assembly seats including the two from the hills of Kodagu, is where religion drives politics, and life.
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.
The shift happens quickly and violently
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.
Updated on Mar 10, 2023 12:02 PM IST
ByLeena Dhankar and Dipankar Ghose, Manesar/nuh/gurugram
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.
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.
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 04:05 PM IST
ByMaulik Pathak and Dipankar Ghose
Gujarat election: It’s clear that the politics in and around Morbi at the moment revolves around the bridge collapse.
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.
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.
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.”
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
In both Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, as much as the Congress governments have been battling the BJP, they have been waging an internal war too
Senior BJP leaders credited rallies by PM Narendra Modi in the eastern parts for turning the sentiment in the BJP’s favour.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Upper caste voters such as Mishra make up around 20% of Uttar Pradesh’s electoral population, with Brahmins accounting for almost half that number.
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% .
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 assembly elections 2022: Muzaffarnagar comes in western UP, a region that sends around 140 representatives to the 403-strong state assembly.
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.