Politics/Nation
Politics of influx - BZ Khasru, Pioneer
For more than 100 years, the ratio of Hindu population in the Indian subcontinent has been declining. The dip, from 75.1 per cent in 1881 to 72.9 per cent in 1901, in British India created a paranoid reaction that Muslims would outnumber Hindus. 
Congress, NCP gear up to form Maharashtra government as BJP-Shiv Sena tussle escalates - Surendra P Gangan & Faisal Malik, Hindustan Times
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the brink of snapping ties with its decades-old ally Shiv Sena, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have geared up to play an active role in the formation of the government.
What other NDA allies can learn from BJP-Sena tussle - Rajdeep Sardesai, Hindustan Times
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, the late Pramod Mahajan, would happily relate a story of how in 1990, when he cemented an alliance with the Shiv Sena in the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha for the first time, Sena chieftain Bal Thackeray just scribbled a number on a piece of paper.
J&K’s transition calls for a break from past political strategies, closer integration of people - JS Sandhu, Indian Express
Jammu and Kashmir is passing through a major disruptive transition. The waves of change are being felt by those who were in power, and hence their unease is understandable. A major factor in Kashmir is the security situation, considering Pakistan’s unabated support to anti-national elements.
Is low turnout the cause of a close contest in Haryana? - Anuja, Mint
In 2014 assembly elections in which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stormed to power in Haryana, it saw one of the highest turn out of 76.13%. Exactly five years later, the turnout for the assembly elections decreased drastically and polling was limited to only 68.47%. As early trends show a close three cornered contest in the state, could a low turnout be a cause behind it?
Unstoppable BJP - Mint
Exit polls predict that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to sweep the state elections held on Monday in Maharashtra and Haryana. In the former, the party is expected to win about 140 seats, which means it could near the 145 majority mark in the 288-seat assembly on its own.
Shiv Sena: Why so many rallies by Modi-Shah if there’s no opposition? - Indian Express
A day after the high-spirited campaigning for the Maharashtra Assembly polls came to an end, the Shiv Sena on Sunday sought to know why there were so many BJP rallies with leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah addressing them, when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis feels that there is no opposition left in fray to challenge his party-led alliance.
Why Cong owes an answer - Debasish Bhattacharyya, Pioneer
Political parties are central to the functioning of a representative democracy because a multi-party system generates different policy options for the public. The options thus considered are aimed at fulfilling the interests and aspirations of the electorate. The Opposition, especially inter-party coalitions, is a key concept in a liberal democracy. However, interestingly, political parties have one function in common: All of them seek political power to form a Government or to take the role of the Opposition.
Arvind Kejriwal needs grassroots connect, political adroitness to win Delhi in 2020, not suave Obama-style campaigns - Pranav Jain, Firstpost
As per the Padma Purana (one of the 18 maha-puranas of Hinduism), Yayati was a ruler who took good care of his subjects. Due to his munificence, he had accumulated a lot of punya (divine goodwill) and as a result seemed to be as young as a 16-year-old even when he was, in reality, 150 years old. However, as is often the case, this soon led to complacency, and Yayati, the paragon of virtue and righteousness, was found lending himself to sybaritic material pleasures.
Will the Thackeray clan see a s(o)nrise? - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
The timing is perfect for Thackeray scion Aditya to make his electoral debut with the BJP-Sena alliance poised to win the Assembly polls. The young Thackeray represents the changing political scenario and the Sena’s evolving culture.
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