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Prashant Jha

Prashant Jha is the Washington DC-based US correspondent of Hindustan Times. He is also the editor of HT Premium. Jha has earlier served as editor-views and national political editor/bureau chief of the paper. He is the author of How the BJP Wins: Inside India's Greatest Election Machine and Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal.

Articles by Prashant Jha

Gorkhaland will strengthen national security: Mahendra Lama

Mahendra Lama taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University and then headed Sikkim University. Now contesting as an independent, he spoke to HT at his Darjeeling residence.

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Updated on Mar 23, 2014 08:41 PM IST
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Our common plank should be anti-racism: Bhaichung Bhutia

Sitting in a Kalimpong hotel, as party supporters crowded outside, Trinamool's celebrity candidate, footballer Bhaichung Bhutia spoke to HT. Excerpts:

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Updated on Mar 23, 2014 08:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

In his constituency, Jaswant Singh a deeply unpopular man

As Jaswant Singh prepares to quit the BJP after being denied a ticket, there is little support for him in this constituency which sent him to the Lok Sabha in 2009. He is widely criticised for being 'absent', and for never raising the Gorkhaland demand in Parliament.

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Updated on Mar 23, 2014 07:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Darjeeling

Silent voters may play the X-factor

If there’s any doubt about the success of Narendra Modi’s political machinery, two incidents may dispel it. Bullet, ballot and moneybags

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Updated on Mar 20, 2014 01:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

As parties take to Twitter, poll battle gets swifter, more ruthless

From politicians dismissing it as another fad to investing resources in it to be ahead of the curve, Twitter now occupies a key place in Indian political discourse.

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Updated on Mar 19, 2014 02:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBrajesh Kumar, Kumar Uttam and Prashant Jha, New Delhi

A tale of a Jat, a Dalit and a Muslim voter

It is the interplay of Kumar, Chander Pal, and Khan – a Jat, a Dalit, and a Muslim – that will finally shape politics in western UP in the summer of 2014.

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Updated on Mar 12, 2014 01:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Pinna (uttar Pradesh)

Congress plays Brahmin card, but community leaders stick to BJP

Smelling an opportunity in the rift between BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi and senior leader Murali Manohar Joshi, the Congress has swiftly moved in to play the Brahmin-as-victim card to wean away UP's substantial upper-castes away from BJP.

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Updated on Mar 12, 2014 01:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

India, US break ice but differences persist

The first high-level visit of a US official — Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal — to India last week after the Devyani Khobragade episode restored a degree of diplomatic normalcy in the ‘strategic partnership’.

Updated on Mar 10, 2014 11:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Jat reservation fails to stem Modi momentum

The UPA government’s decision to provide reservations in central jobs to Jats by including them in the OBC category is by no means too little, but it comes too late.

Updated on Mar 09, 2014 08:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Muzaffarnagar

Poll bugle sounded, parties get battle ready

With chief election commissioner VS Sampath announcing a nine-phase poll-schedule – starting April 7 and ending on May 12 -- for the 16th Lok Sabha, India has officially entered election mode.

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Updated on Mar 05, 2014 03:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Modi won’t participate in discussion on Facebook

The BJP's PM nominee has cancelled a scheduled interview, billed as his big public interaction using the reach of the new media. He was to confront direct questions from the public in the interaction scheduled to be held on Facebook.

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Updated on Mar 03, 2014 11:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Kathmandu upset as PM's Nepal visit 'highly unlikely'

Nepal is going through a political transition. Singh has met Nepali political leaders, from across the spectrum, on their visits to Delhi. But he has never been able to pay a visit because of political turbulence and unstable governments in Kathmandu.

Updated on Mar 03, 2014 12:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Bihar changing: why parties can't bet on caste now

The voices from Bihar’s key communities, particularly Hindus, reveal an unmistakable soft corner for Modi. But they also reveal a stunning diversity of political views even among members of the same caste group.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2014 12:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna/darbhanga/madhubani/bettiah

Rules of democracy: A look back at India’s electoral history

There is no greater democratic spectacle than elections. Each Indian election, bigger and larger in scale than the preceding one, is the grandest experiment the world has in representative politics.

Updated on Feb 26, 2014 02:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Nitish links survival of JD(U) with LS elections results

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has taken a unique strategy to face a possibly adverse electoral verdict: establishing the centrality of the Lok Sabha elections even though he faces a tough challenge.

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Updated on Feb 24, 2014 08:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

IIM, IIT ditch MNCs, do summer internships with political parties

If you are a young student interested in politics, keen to gain first-hand experience of elections, and add a stint in a party on your CV, Campaign 2014 offers exciting opportunities.

Updated on Feb 22, 2014 11:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVanita Srivastava, Brajesh Kumar and Prashant Jha, New Delhi

Manmohan in Parliament: calm but not assertive enough

Calm and stoic but not assertive enough as fires raged around him is the verdict about the 10-year stint in Parliament of Dr Manmohan Singh who on Friday marked the last day in the House as PM. POLL: PM's last day in Parliament: has he been an impressive parliamentarian? | 15th Lok Sabha achieves 'most disrupted' tag

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Updated on Feb 21, 2014 09:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Bihar's showpiece dalit settlement grapples with change, continuity

Almost five decades after dalit leader Jagjivan Ram inaugurated the showpiece dalit settlement in Bihar's Bettiah, a walk down this area reveals how amid shifting political loyalties, some hard economic and developmental realities remain unchanged.

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Updated on Feb 20, 2014 07:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bettiah

Bihar’s Muslim mood stands fragmented

Darbhanga is not a microcosm of Bihar, but a minority pocket in this township does give a peek into the Muslim mood in north Bihar.

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Updated on Feb 20, 2014 02:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Darbhanga

In Bihar, Lalu’s Yadavs are a house divided

For 40 years, his father was the mukhiya of Mohanpur village in Madhubani, the heart of Mithilanchal in north Bihar. He gave up a successful transport business in Darbhanga to return to his ancestral village and get elected as the mukhiya (village head). But today, Ram Kumar Yadav struggles with a political dilemma shared by many in his community.

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Updated on Feb 19, 2014 12:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Madhubani

A Yadav dilemma in Bihar: support Lalu or Narendra Modi

The people of a village in Madhubani, the heart of Mithilanchal in north Bihar, are struggling with a political dilemma. In a change from the past, where almost 100% of the community backed Lalu, people are starting to support Modi.

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Updated on Feb 18, 2014 05:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Madhubani

Nitish slams Modi, Cong at Sankalp rally

A combative Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar fired from the hips on Sunday, mocking Narendra Modi and revealing new details of his break-up with the BJP, besides rubbishing the Congress as a "sinking ship".

Updated on Feb 17, 2014 01:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Doniger book row: 2 writers leave Penguin in protest

Senior journalist Siddharth Varadarajan and political scientist Jyotirmaya Sharma have cancelled their contracts with Penguin India to protest against the publisher’s decision to pulp Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History.

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Updated on Feb 16, 2014 10:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Bid to repackage, hardsell Modi as OBC mascot

From a subtle use of Narendra Modi’s backward caste and humble class origins, BJP has decided to aggressively sell these elements of its PM-candidate’s identity in key electoral states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Updated on Feb 15, 2014 12:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

If not stopped, Modi will break nation: Lalu

With a reminder of old loyalties and reassurance of friendship, RJD chief Lalu Prasad told potential electoral partners Congress and LJP to be pragmatic and work together to ‘stop Narendra Modi’.

Updated on Feb 14, 2014 11:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Patna

Pulping 'The Hindus': Penguin publisher takes U-turn in 15 months

Penguin's decision to withdraw and 'pulp' Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History reveals the U-turn at the highest levels in the publishing firm from their stated ideals.

Updated on Feb 13, 2014 08:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Shift in power balance led US to reach out to Modi

The decision of the United States to renew its engagement with Narendra Modi, stemmed from a recognition that they could no longer afford to ignore the man who could well be the next PM of a close strategic ally. US visa not on agenda when Modi meets Powell | POLL: Will US recognition help Modi in the LS polls?

Updated on Feb 12, 2014 02:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Media council defends latest readership figures amid criticism

Battle-lines sharpen in the country's print media industry following the release of Indian Readership Survey (IRS) amid heavy criticism as several publications refuse to accept its figures.

Updated on Feb 10, 2014 09:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Nepal’s likely new PM, Sushil Koirala, reaches out to India

Rubbishing the perception that he shares a difficult relationship with the Indian government, Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala – widely expected to be the country’s next Prime Minister – has said Nepal will be “sensitive” to India’s legitimate interests.

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Updated on Feb 06, 2014 09:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu

To AAP, with love, from Nepal’s Maoists

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) should tap into Maoist base to expand its own, is the success-mantra that Nepal’s former prime minister Baburam Bhattarai would like to give Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Updated on Feb 05, 2014 08:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kathmandu
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