Why did Nitish Kumar walk out of the NDA? Three explanations have been offered. The first is Nitish’s own version. He says that he cannot be part of an alliance whose effective prime ministerial candidate is Narendra Modi, who Nitish regards as anti-Muslim and divisive. Read more

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I don’t know if you saw the results of the Headlines Today poll on the Gujarat Assembly election. The poll was conducted a couple of weeks ago and the results were released on October 4. The election is still some time away and the pollsters did their work before the campaign got into full swing. So yes, it is possible to argue that these responses – and therefore, the results – are premature and that things will change significantly between now and election day. Read more

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My favourite saying about Indian politics is that all logical analysis about our politics fails because there is no logic to Indian politics. That at least, is the excuse I use when I get things wrong – as I frequently do. (For instance, I was sure that A.B. Vajpayee was going to be re-elected and was startled when the Congress won.) Read more

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How significant is the President of India – in political, rather than ceremonial, terms?

If you were to go by the tenure of the current incumbent: not very. Read more

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How can you tell when a government is in crisis? There are the obvious ways, I suppose. You can tell that a government is in trouble when it is on the verge of losing its majority. When its coalition appears to be cracking up. When its MPs begin to revolt. And so on. Read more

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