Pranab Dhal Samanta

  • View: Why BJP needs a new strategy for state elections

    View: Why BJP needs a new strategy for state elections

    Statistically, if the entire anti-BJP vote consolidates, then the story is actually of counter-polarisation, not old-school BJP polarisation. So BJP was able to win 34 seats in the 2013 Delhi assembly polls with a 33% vote share because the anti-BJP vote split between AAP and Congress. Now, it has just eight seats despite a 6% jump simply because Congress has touched 4.3%.

    View: Political critique of NPR misses its importance in social benefit delivery

    View: Political critique of NPR misses its importance in social benefit delivery

    The National Population Register (NPR), which is under the political spotlight now, is a crucial link in this chain that has changed the way India targets its poor for welfare initiatives. To not hold or, in any way, delay the NPR exercise in 2020 will be far more politically counterproductive than the ongoing citizenship row. Just how?

    China fails in its bid to rake up General Manoj Naravane's remark at UNSC

    China fails in its bid to rake up General Manoj Naravane's remark at UNSC

    China, at Pakistan's behest, is learnt to have brought up Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane’s recent remarks on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at the UN Security Council meet on Wednesday, in its failed attempt to build a case that India was preparing a military action against its western neighbour.

  • Pranab Dhal Samanta

    Trade big ones from small

    Two varying statements from the US — one seemingly promising, the other comparatively punishing —along with a delayed, but stiff Indian retaliation to the US announcing higher tariffs on Indian steel and aluminium last year,...

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    The 2nd battle of Lutyens

    The battle for 2019 is underway. And it’s not happening in the far reaches of election-bound states like Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, but in the corridors of power in New Delhi. Three key fights...

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    There’s no half-way mandir

    RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat’s call to the government to pass a law or promulgate an ordinance to build a Ram mandir in Ayodhya is a clear message of intent. But, politically, it’s still a fair...

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    Turning a new chinar leaf?

    The imposition of Governor’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir can never be an ideal outcome of any political process, especially since the strategic endeavour of the Indian State has been to strengthen and deepen democracy...

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    The rebalancer of power

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be judged by history as the prime minister who orchestrated India’s strategic shift to the US. Foreign policy practitioners prefer to call it ‘rebalancing’. But the fact is that he made...

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