Tanveer Hasan — Kanhaiya’s “unbranded” opponent

Mohammad Tanveer Hasan is not a name likely to ring a bell. Hasan who? That is the likely question. But pop the name Kanhaiya Kumar, and you are likely to hear about the young man from Jawaharlal Nehru University, who, depending on the political...

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Tanveer Hasan — Kanhaiya’s “unbranded” opponent

Mohammad Tanveer Hasan is not a name likely to ring a bell. Hasan who? That is the likely question. But pop the name Kanhaiya Kumar, and you are likely to hear about the young man from Jawaharlal Nehru University, who, depending on the political persuasion of your interlocutor, is...

Singh and Thakur in Bhopal. What if there was a Khan?

When the Congress announced the name of Mr Digvijay Singh from Bhopal, the usual rumour mills followed three or four story lines: • Bhopal had been a safe constituency for the BJP and by bringing Singh, the Congress had tried to beard the party in its den. • With a sizeable...

Between phir ek baar and ab hoga lies the vast ennui

With three phases of the elections now over there is a general listlessness about the entire process. Some call it the absence of a wave. Others say it doesn’t feel like an election. On the streets there is an absence of excitement, which is what we expect of elections....

A Raipur election ad that raises questions

This hoarding at an traffic intersection in Raipur asks people to vote for those who develop the country – करे राष्ट्र का जो उत्थान, करें उसी को हम मतदान – and such an exhortation would seem harmless and meaningless. Except for two things. The entity putting this hoarding is a state...

The promise of prohibition in Chhattisgarh

“Jo party daarubandi ki ghoshna kardega, vo Chhattisgarh jit jayega,” said the bus conductor managing the Nagpur to Raipur services for one of Chhattisgarh’s largest bus operators. So confident was this man from Raipur of his belief that he repeated this insight a number of times within the course...