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Policymaking gains from coalition politics

The positive effect coalitions can have on policy is usually missed due to the identification of policymaking entirely with the speed of decision-making

**EDS: IMAGE VIA PMO** New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs the first meeting of his new Cabinet, attended by the newly-inducted ministers, at the prime minister's 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence, in New Delhi, Monday, June 10, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI06_10_2024_000252B)(PTI)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Political promises in an aspirational ethos

The polarised campaign in this election season suggests the immunity to issues of inequality that political debates gained in recent years has worn off

FILE- Workers use machinery at a coastal road project construction site in Mumbai, India, Aug. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)(AP)
Published on May 27, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Two Dalit narratives in Kharge heartland

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge represented a strand of Dalit politics that was less strident and accommodative of other caste interests.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge addresses a public meeting ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Published on May 06, 2024 11:03 PM IST

Decoding the battle for Bengaluru seats

Election outcomes in the city have been shaped by IT industry-inspired middle class and landed interests. Politicians who find a common ground are successful

People visit Vidhana Soudha during sunset, in Bengaluru on April 21, 2024. (Photo by Idrees MOHAMMED / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 25, 2024 10:36 PM IST

Is there such a thing as too much Hindutva?

The political laboratory of Dakshina Kannada is testing a question that could have ramifications for India: Is there such a thing as too much Hindutva?

Hindutva supporters dancing in Gurugram. (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 10:51 PM IST

Banking on parivar to win in Karnataka

Family first has been the motto of all parties, including the BJP, as lists of candidates for the southern state are out

Bengaluru, Mar 29 (ANI): Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Vijayendra Yediyurappa along with Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Deve Gowda, former state CMs B. S. Yediyurappa, HD Kumaraswamy, BS Bommai, BJP Karnataka incharge Radha Mohan Das hold hands at the Coordination Committee Meeting organised by BJP and JD(S) leaders ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, in Bengaluru on Friday. (ANI Photo)(hd kumaraswamy-X)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 10:10 PM IST

The fine print of Karnataka caste census

The BJP and Congress have different approaches in the elections – the former will reach out to Lingayats and Vokkaligas, whereas the latter may go hyper-local

Karnataka State Permanent Backward Classes Commission chairman K Jayaprakash Hegde submitted a voluminous report on the caste survey to CM Siddaramaiah on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 08, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Language and urban discontent

Bursts of aggressive Kannada activism seen in Bengaluru emerge from a sense of alienation in the local population over governance failures

Bengaluru: Activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Narayana Gowda faction) during a rally over the 60 per cent Kannada sign board rules, in Bengaluru, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023. The organisation on Wednesday targeted business establishments in Bengaluru and damaged their signboards and name plates which did not use Kannada. (PTI Photo) (PTI12_27_2023_000190B)(PTI)
Updated on Jan 04, 2024 02:31 AM IST

The many lives of a regional party

One cannot rule out the possibility that the JD(S)-BJP alliance is just another marriage that the party has got into in the hope of benefitting from the divorce

JD(S) leader and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda (right) with his son HD Kumaraswamy (left). (PTI)
Updated on Sep 27, 2023 09:29 PM IST

Karnataka results could pave the road to 2024

For the BJP, it's the mantra of centralisation and focus on PM Modi. The Congress is leaning on local leaders and a narrative of federalism

The BJP looks set to fight 2024 on a version of Hindutva symbolised by the person of PM Modi and his welfare push. The Congress is looking to focus on decentralisation by promoting local leaders, and imposing electoral costs on potential defectors (AFP)
Updated on May 06, 2023 07:46 PM IST
ByNarendar Pani

Karnataka results showed the importance of strategic voting in Indian elections

Post the results, the strategic alliance between the JD(S) and the BJP ceased to exist. However, the fact that the main enemy on the ground for the JD(S) is the Congress, and not the BJP, could well change strategic considerations once again in the not-too-distant future

Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah (L) and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy (R) waiting outside the governor's house, Bengaluru, May 15, 2018(REUTERS)
Published on May 17, 2018 06:15 PM IST
ByNarendar Pani

JD(S): A party in hibernation that’s relevant only during polls in Karnataka

The upcoming elections in Karnataka have seen the JD(S) in full flow, right from picking up discards, identifying new entrants, and making constituency-level deals. The only difference is that this time they are up against Siddarammaiah who comes from the same JD(S) tradition

JD(S) president HD Deve Gowda at an election campaign, Mysuru, Karnataka(PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2018 12:02 PM IST
ByNarendar Pani

Karnataka state flag: Siddaramaiah does the balancing act among different interests

He will have to convince the Congress high command that he is not creating a problem for it in other states, even as he calms the anger of Kannada groups on their flag not being made the official one

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah unveiling the proposed state flag which will be sent for the Centre’s approval, Bengaluru, Karnataka, March 8, 2018(Arijit Sen/HT)
Updated on Mar 16, 2018 09:58 PM IST
ByNarendar Pani

There’s a strategic shift in Congress’ campaign tactics in Karnataka

From projecting Rahul Gandhi as the Congress’ charismatic face in 2014, the party is now projecting him as a leader of an effective army of prominent state-level leaders

Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaih and party leaders at a local snack shop, near Raichur, Karnataka, February 12(PTI)
Published on Feb 17, 2018 03:35 PM IST
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