All stories by AMULYA GANGULI
Why BJP welcomed Jyotiraditya ScindiaRediff.com12 Mar 2020
'The only reason why it has taken him in is to rile the Congress and also to show, yet again, how fleet-footed the saffron camp is when it comes to raiding the pastures of its rivals,' notes Amulya Ganguli.
Why India is in a dubious listRediff.com26 Feb 2020
This must be the first time in India's history that it has found itself bracketed with countries in a category which political scientists will not rate very highly if only because the group recalls Nazi Germany as one of its most infamous past members, notes Amulya Ganguli.
Lessons to learn from Delhi electionRediff.com17 Feb 2020
The politics of hate does not pay. The people are too sensible to fall for such a ruse, says Amulya Ganguli.
Foreign envoys wasting time on Kashmir junketRediff.com14 Feb 2020
'If the envoys are satisfied, it will either mean they are naive or that they are not serious about their trip, which they probably regard as some kind of a picnic, a much-needed break from their dreary routine in Delhi,' notes Amulya Ganguli.
Has shooter shot BJP's chances in Delhi?Rediff.com1 Feb 2020
'Having fared not too successfully in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, the BJP can't afford to disappoint its supporters in Delhi,' says Amulya Ganguli.
Muslim women are fighting for the Idea of IndiaRediff.com28 Jan 2020
'For the women of a community whose seclusion has been a byword of their lifestyle to take to the streets as a means of protest is an unprecedented event,' notes Amulya Ganguli.
What if BJP stumbles in Delhi?Rediff.com21 Jan 2020
'February 11, when the results are announced, will hold the key not only to AAP's and the BJP's future, but also to the way the protests against the citizenship law, NRC and NPR evolve,' notes Amulya Ganguli.
Shiv Sena should be invited to join the UPARediff.com17 Jan 2020
'The Sena has lived with the BJP long enough to know its vulnerabilities and how to hit where it hurts the most,' points out Amulya Ganguli.
BJP forgets there are Hindus and HindusRediff.com3 Jan 2020
'In enacting the citizenship law, the BJP's focus has been so much on consolidating its Hindu vote bank all over the country to divert attention from the economic downturn that the party forgot that there are Hindus and Hindus and that one group of Hindus may not always be warmly embraced by another,' notes Amulya Ganguli.
Is Amit Shah's Chankaya image dented?Rediff.com26 Dec 2019
'Three successive failures can tarnish the image of invincibility.' 'Once this happens, Chanakya can fall prey to his adversaries outside and inside the party,' notes Amulya Ganguli.
Why the world is worried about IndiaRediff.com20 Dec 2019
'The feeling is growing that if India slips in the realms of liberal tenets, it will be a tragedy not only for the country, but also for the world because it will lose a remarkable role model,' notes Amulya Ganguli.
Maharashtra: Who lost, who wonRediff.com29 Nov 2019
'The Maharashtrian Congressmen's decision to break away from their reluctant leaders in Delhi to side with the Shiv Sena is seemingly the first sign that the 'high command' is not as powerful as is believed,' says Amulya Ganguli.
For once, Sonia didn't miss an opportunityRediff.com21 Nov 2019
'In the end, it was possibly Pawar's pow-wow with Modi that helped her to come to a decision,' says Amulya Ganguli.
Why BJP is in a tight cornerRediff.com14 Nov 2019
'Is Modi failing is the question which the BJP will begin to ask itself,' says Amulya Ganguli.
BJP's political BrahmastrasRediff.com24 Oct 2019
The term, 'pro-Pakistani', is helpful for the BJP to depict its opponents as anti-nationals while the sedition law is handy for locking up or harassing the government's critics, points out Amulya Ganguli.
RSS has no need for secular adviceRediff.com9 Oct 2019
'Mohan Bhagwat's reaffirmation of the RSS's Hindu rashtra ideal has shown that nothing has changed, that it remains firmly rooted in its fundamental beliefs, that the willingness to listen to voices from outside its fold was a pretence about being openminded,' argues Amulya Ganguli.
A long walk for normalcy in KashmirRediff.com17 Sep 2019
It will require a political and tactical genius to, first, assuage the hurt feelings of the locals over the denial of their state's privileged status, and then to accommodate the national objectives of integration and development as spelt out by New Delhi, points out Amulya Ganguli.
The twin challenges facing ModiRediff.com6 Sep 2019
If Manmohan Singh was hobbled by allegations of sleaze and a stagnant economy, Modi faces the twin challenges of high unemployment and an uncertain and potentially volatile situation in Kashmir, points out Amulya Ganguli.
Old timers won't let youth rule CongressRediff.com18 Jul 2019
'There is a need for a younger person at the top, but the old guard wants to grab the post themselves,' points out Amulya Ganguli.
Rahul sets up agnipariksha for CongressRediff.com5 Jul 2019
'It will be better if the 'family' desists from giving 'advice and guidance' lest it should be seen as a backseat driver which had placed a puppet at the top,' says Amulya Ganguli.
Is Sonia's love for Rahul hurting Congress?Rediff.com28 Jun 2019
Sonia Gandhi's prime ministerial ambition for her son has been a major factor in the Congress's internal politics since 2004, points out Amulya Ganguli.
Can Mamata control TMC goons?Rediff.com13 Jun 2019
'One of the reasons for the BJP's recent resounding success in West Bengal is the resentment of the locals against the Trinamool Congress for failing to maintain law and order.' 'So, it isn't only the supposed pampering of the Muslims by the Trinamool Congress which has undermined its base among the Hindus,' notes Amulya Ganguli.
Shah will enjoy his new job, but will Sitharaman?Rediff.com4 Jun 2019
If Amit Shah is likely to take to the home ministry like a duck to water, Nirmala Sitharaman's handling of finance will show whether she will justify the confidence which Modi has placed in her.
Congress needs a new zamindar from outsideRediff.com30 May 2019
'Since the two successive drubbings of the Congress have rung the alarm bells about the party's future, the need to chart a new course cannot be delayed any further,' says Amulya Ganguli.
What we now can expect from ModiRediff.com24 May 2019
'As long as a Hindu rashtra is not formalised, one can live in hope,' says Amulya Ganguli.
Modi should praise Rajiv for boosting BJPRediff.com11 May 2019
'But for Rajiv's bloopers, the Hindutva campaign would not have got off the ground,' Amulya Ganguli points out.
Did Sonia scuttle Priyanka's Varanasi venture?Rediff.com1 May 2019
The head of the Congress's first family has never been an astute politician, points out Amulya Ganguli.
Is Candidate Pragya a curse for the BJP?Rediff.com23 Apr 2019
'The supernatural always trumps the natural,' notes Amulya Ganguli.
Rahul's solo, lonely, crusade against ModiRediff.com20 Mar 2019
'There is little doubt that his exertions are among the reasons why Narendra Damodardas Modi routinely lambastes the dynasty at nearly all his rallies, suggesting that he regards the Congress's First Family as a bigger threat than any other political formation,' argues Amulya Ganguli.
BJP's self-goal in Bengal and north eastRediff.com6 Feb 2019
'After a longish time being on the defensive on the Muslim issue, Mamata found in the Centre's surgical strike just the kind of battle in which she specialises -- hand-to-hand combat.' 'Having routed the once formidable Marxists by her trademark, no-holds-barred belligerence, she is now ready to employ the same tactics against the BJP,' predicts Amulya Ganguli.
You are right, Anupamji...Rediff.com26 Dec 2018
'What is there to worry about, he has asked, when there is so much freedom in the country?' 'Freedom can never be adequate, as Kher seems to think.' 'Its presence should be so pervasive that all citizens will feel secure and expect justice to be done if anything untoward happens,' argues Amulya Ganguli.
Without DeMo, Congress would have lostRediff.com13 Dec 2018
'It is almost certain that in the absence of note-bandi, the party would have lost in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh,' points out Amulya Ganguli.
Satyapal Malik: 1st governor to let the cat out of the bag!Rediff.com28 Nov 2018
'His revelation about what went on behind the scenes make it abundantly clear that the BJP must have indulged in similar tactics in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya where it formed a government even though it did not have a majority,' says Amulya Ganguli.
Name changes: BJP's revenge on MuslimsRediff.com12 Nov 2018
'What the Hinduisation of Muslim names by the BJP suggests is that the party's anti-Muslim outlook matches the virulence of almost any other far right outfit such as the Ku Klux Klan,' argues Amulya Ganguli.
What is the RSS's Maan ki Baat on #MeToo?Rediff.com16 Oct 2018
'For the RSS, which is supposed to be the standard-bearer of plain living and high thinking, to be as quiet as a mouse suggests that it, too, is playing a political game like its political wing, the BJP,' argues Amulya Ganguli.
Are BJP and RSS no longer on the same page?Rediff.com19 Sep 2018
'It is obvious that the RSS's desire to gatecrash into the gated establishment which has generally been seen as the redoubt of the liberal intelligentsia is putting it at odds with the BJP which is less tolerant of the mentor's freshly-minted open-mindedness,' argues Amulya Ganguli.
Let's admit it, there's something unacceptable about homosexualityRediff.com12 Sep 2018
'Homosexuality is the new 'abnormal',' proclaims Amulya Ganguli.
What landmark can the BJP rename after Naipaul?Rediff.com19 Aug 2018
'Will the BJP now replace a Muslim name for a street or a railway junction with Naipaul's name?' 'It is the least the party can do for its sole Nobel Prize-winning admirer,' says Amulya Ganguli.
Why Modi didn't like an Indian's hugRediff.com23 Jul 2018
'From now on, every time Modi takes a foreign dignitary in his arms, the Indians will remember how he was taken aback when an Indian indulged in hugplomacy,' says Amulya Ganguli.
What Nehru would have made of the Burari deaths?Rediff.com9 Jul 2018
'It isn't likely that he would have observed a 'strategic silence' on a sensitive and controversial issue, as is done today by the powers-that-be lest an observation lets the cat out of the bag about the ruling dispensation's mindset,' says Amulya Ganguli.