Politics/Nation
Return of Dame Dikshit - Rinku Ghosh, Pioneer
The first thing that 93-year-old Mahathir Mohamad said when voted back as Malaysian Prime Minister was, “Yes I am alive…and the country’s youth voted for me.”
Behind the scenes - Pioneer
While the mahagatbandhan talks take place over lunch and dinner meetings in an election season, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have frozen their mutual alliance in Uttar Pradesh over a tub of ice-cream and are determined not to share it with the Congress or let anybody else melt it with their warmth or anger (SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has already called out the BJP over the CBI case against him in a sand mining case as political vengeance).
2019 polls: ‘Mission 123’ to win seats lost five years ago a challenge for BJP - Vijdan Kawoosa, Hindustan Times
Earlier this week, Hindustan Times reported that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had revived its ‘Mission 123’, aimed at “winning as many as possible the 123 seats that the BJP contested but did not win in the Modi wave that took it to an unprecedented 282 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections”.
Narendra Modi's interview to ANI shows he's positioning himself as the insurgent once again in 2019 - Aashish Chandorkar, Firstpost
On 28 July, 2013, Narendra Modi, then not yet the official prime minister candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, gave an interview to the news agency ANI. Modi spoke about how social media was playing a big role in the BJP surge in national politics.
Mohan Bhagwat unsure about result of 2019 Lok Sabha polls? - Shishir Arya, Times of India
Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that an ordinance on Ram Temple can happen only after the legal process is over, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said "irrespective of what the PM says, my stance is clear on the issue.
Monotony of our political discourse - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
With the Lok Sabha passing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill last week, the issue of triple talaq has, once again, held centrestage in Parliament. While the amended Bill could pass the immediate hurdle in the Lower House, it should be passed by Parliament within 42 days (six weeks), else it will lapse.
After mixed 2018, Mamata Didi eyes the Kingmaker role - Madhuparna Das, Economic Times
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a mixed 2018, with her rise in national politics being blunted to a certain extent by the rise of BJP in her state. With most regional parties being marginalised after BJP’s victory in 2014, Banerjee bucked the trend, and grew in stature.
Narendra Modi’s chances of returning to power in 2019 elections are 50-50 - Swaminathan A Aiyar, Economic Times
Media analysis in the first half of 2019 is going to focus on the coming general election in May, to the exclusion of almost everything else. Will Narendra Modi return to power? Will Rahul Gandhi beat expectations and win? Will a Third Front government emerge, as in 1996-98?
Bolstered by poll victory, Rahul keen on solo fight - Hari Shankar Vyas, Pioneer
After emerging victorious in three BJP-ruled States, it appears that Rahul Gandhi is ready to fight alone in other States. He recently instructed party leaders from West Bengal to start preparations for fighting on all 42 seats of the State.
The optics of the Third Front - Ajay Gudavarthy, Hindu
Politics is the art of the possible as much as it is a vision of the future. It needs to speak to the existing reality and re-signify it to change the terms of discourse to create new possibilities. If it is too utopian, it fails to become experiential — and if it is too pragmatic, it fails to change anything substantially.
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