India has great expectations from govt’s economic reforms but data shows not all of them are being met

The Cvoter Budget Tracker 2018 (see results here) confirms people have great expectations from Narendra Modi government’s major reform initiatives. But, it re-confirms these expectations are not being met, certainly not in public perception. There are always two major stakeholders in Union Budget: The business houses and the common man. While the big ticket reforms over the ... Read More

Why Diggi Raja Wants to Dump EVM?

First things first. I wrote this paper originally in 2003, just before the MP assembly elections were to happen. The Congress Chief Minister Digvijay Singh had thrown open challenge (yet again) that he would win against all odds, just like he had surprised everyone 5 years back. But before you go on to read this ... Read More

Consolidated identities, but divided loyalties

If Most Backward Classes, Dalits and Forward Castes turn out in more numbers than the Muslim-Yadav-Kurmi coalition on polling days, then the NDA may carry the day in Bihar The approaching Assembly election in Bihar has precipitated a strident division of opinion amongst pollsters and political analysts alike. Taking note of the last round of ... Read More

Factoring in the verdict

  If the NDA had concentrated on its development narrative, inflation would not have emerged as the key issue in the Bihar poll. The Bihar Assembly elections verdict marks the emergence of new contours in the ‘cow belt’ polity. The result may have a base in caste, but the edge for the Mahagathbandhan came from ... Read More

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