Constituency-wise Manifestoes, their regulation and consequences

1 Introduction Today’s Mint carries an article on how political parties have increasingly moved to a system of “localised” manifestoes for the 2014 general election. This is a significant trend that began with Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi election campaign where it released local manifestoes for each assembly constituency (link). The BJP followed suit in Delhi, and according toContinue reading “Constituency-wise Manifestoes, their regulation and consequences”

BJP’s “Audacity of Hope”: Gadkari’s Maharashtra manifesto

An article in the April issue of Caravan Magazine drew my attention to the writings of Nitin Gadkari, the newly elected President of the BJP.  Caravan mentioned a short 90-page book titled “Politics for Development” which was written by Gadkari.   This post summarises my impressions of his book. One of the first things thatContinue reading “BJP’s “Audacity of Hope”: Gadkari’s Maharashtra manifesto”

How Rajya Sabha succeeded: Women’s Reservation

I do not wish to enter the debate on the efficacy of reservation of women in Parliament.  I do not wish to do so for the simple reason that I think it is a good idea.  In this post I wish to focus on the story of how the Rajya Sabha passed the Bill.  ThisContinue reading “How Rajya Sabha succeeded: Women’s Reservation”

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