Politics/Nation
Partition Lies and Amit Shah's Theatre of the Absurd - Prem Shankar Jha, Wire
During the Lok Sabha debate on the Bill amending the Citizenship Act, Union home minister Amit Shah suddenly lost his temper and blurted: “Is desh ka vibhajan agar dharma ke aadhar par Congress na kari hoti to is Bill ka kaam nahin hota (Had the Congress not partitioned this country on the basis of religion, there would have been no need for this Bill).”
Maharashtra loss of face as stealth victory comes undone - Sunil Jain, Financial Express
No political party that doesn’t seize every opportunity that comes its way – including the ones that aren’t fully there – can ever hope to do well, so, to that extent, the BJP can’t be faulted for trying to form a government in Maharashtra with the NCP’s help after its pre-poll ally, the Shiv Sena, decided to act up and start making unreasonable demands.
Inside the Shiv Sena-BJP split: Cracks appeared before Lok Sabha polls - Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times
Cracks in the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena had started appearing even before this summer’s Lok Sabha elections, but hectic parleys between the top leadership of the two sides helped overcome the differences at that time, according to a senior BJP functionary.
In Maharashtra political churn, it’s advantage coalition politics - Abhay Vaidya, Hindustan Times
Irrespective of which way the Shiv Sena goes — whether with its estranged alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), or with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, it is coalition politics that has won, not just in Maharashtra, but across India.
Why the Shiv Sena parted ways with the BJP in Maharashtra - Sudhir Suryawanshi, Hindustan Times
The Shiv Sena, the oldest ally of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), surprised everyone by parting ways with the BJP after the assembly election results came out on October 24. On the face of it, the Sena had two key demands; the chief minister’s post, and a better deal in the power-sharing arrangement between the two parties. But at a deeper level, beyond the two demands, the Sena was concerned about two other issues.
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?
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