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Swarajya, Oct 18, 2018: Rajasthan Elections 2018: Why Caste Matters More Than It Does In Most States

Swarajya Hindi, 12 Oct, 2018: इन 10 बातों से तय होगा कि छत्तीसगढ़ में किसे मिलेगी जीत

Swarajya, 10 Oct, 2018: Ten Things That Will Decide Who Wins In Chhattisgarh

Swarajya Hindi, 9 Oct, 2018: राज्य चुनाव 2018 – बसपा ने क्यों छोड़ा कांग्रेस का साथ, यह कोई दूसरी चाल तो नहीं?

Swarajya, 7 Oct, 2018: State Elections 2018: Why BSP Dumped Congress Or Is It The Other Way Round?

Swarajya Hindi, 1 Oct, 2018: राजस्थान चुनावी रणभूमि: सात कारक क्यों भाजपा फिर से कर सकती है राजस्थान पर कब्जा

Swarajya, Oct 01, 2018: Chhattisgarh 2018: Jogi Hoping To Become Another Kumaraswamy

Swarajya, Sep 24, 2018: Battleground Rajasthan: Seven Factors Why BJP Could Reverse The Trend And Pocket Rajasthan

Swarajya Hindi, 18 Sep, 2018: छत्तीसगढ़ विधानसभा चुनावों में प्रभुत्व रखने वाले प्रमुख कारक- भाग 1

Swarajya, Sep 16, 2018: Key Factors That Will Dominate Chhattisgarh Assembly Election – Part I

Swarajya, Sep 10, 2018: Apart From Turnout On Voting Day, Keep An Eye On NOTA For Madhya Pradesh And Chhattisgarh Elections

Swarajya Hindi, 4 Sep, 2018: छत्तीसगढ़ विधानसभा चुनावः स्थानीय स्थितियों पर निर्भर होंगे नतीजे

Swarajya, Sep 03, 2018: Chhattisgarh Assembly Polls: Local Level Anti-Incumbency Will Determine The Outcome

Swarajya, Aug 29, 2018: Can Congress Atop Elephant Stop BJP Juggernaut In Madhya Pradesh?

Swarajya, Aug 03, 2018Why Retaining Rajasthan Is Crucial For The BJP

The Bloomberg Quint, Sep 03, 2018: Race for Madhya Pradesh: Caste, Anti-Incumbency & Leadership

The Quint, Sep 03, 2018: MP Elections: Digvijay Singh May Still Change the Game – But How?

The Quint, Sep 03, 2018: Race for Madhya Pradesh: Caste, Anti-Incumbency & Leadership

Swarajya Hindi, 31 Aug, 2018: क्या मध्य प्रदेश में भाजपा पर लगाम लगाकर ‘हाथी’ को आगे बढ़ा सकती है कांग्रेस?

Swarajya Hindi, 13 Aug, 2018: मध्य प्रदेश 2018: जहाँ कांग्रेस ‘घर वापसी’ की उम्मीद कर रही है, वहीं भाजपा गुजरात दोहराने का लक्ष्य रख रही है

FirstPost ,Aug 06, 2018: Congress strategy of cementing state-level alliances could dent Rahul Gandhi’s chances of becoming prime minister

The Quint, Aug 03, 2018: Why Retaining Rajasthan Is Crucial For The BJP

July 26, 2018: Madhya Pradesh 2018: While Congress Is Hoping For ‘Ghar Wapsi’, BJP Is Aiming For A Gujarat Repeat

June 28, 2018:Rajya Sabha Polls: BJP Needs to Win Over Naveen Patnaik First

June 26, 2018: BJP’s Bargaining Chip With Nitish Kumar – It Would Do Better In Bihar Without Him In 2019

June 21, 2018: ‘UP 2019’ Will Be A Test Of Social Engineering

June 7, 2018: BSP’s Biggest Challenge Might Be Mayawati Herself

June 1, 2018: BJP Can Ignore Kairana Bypoll Results – At Their Own Peril

May 18, 2018: Alliance Of Secularism Or Convenience? Close To 60 Per Cent Of JD(S) MLAs Defeated Congress Candidates For Their Seats

FirstPost, May 17, 2018: Karnataka Election Results: Numbers prove BJP won the Muslim and SC/ST vote, Lingayat move backfired on Congress

The Quint, May 13, 2018: Karnataka Elections: Making Sense of the ‘Tamasha’ of Exit Polls

Swarajya, May 14, 2018: What Is Happening To Exit Polls?

Swarajya, May 11, 2018: As Karnataka Steps Out To Vote, Here Are 16 Points To Make Sense Of It All

Swarajya, May 9, 2018: #KarnatakaElections2018: Siddaramaiah’s ‘Modi Versus Me’ Strategy Is A Double Edged Sword For The Congress

Swarajya, May 6, 2018: Why A Hung Assembly May Be Advantage BJP In Karnataka

TheQuint, 01 May, 2018: ‘Modi’ May Still Be the Magic Word in the Karnataka Race

Swarajya, Apr 27, 2018: Why A Hung Assembly May Be Advantage BJP In Karnataka

Swarajya, Apr 20, 2018: Has Raman Singh Silently Worked His Way To A Fourth Term As Chief Minister?

Swarjya Apr 13, 2018: Is The Middle Class Looking Beyond BJP?

Swarajya, Apr 5, 2018: How Much Of The Left Is Likely To Be Left After Kerala 2021?

FirstPost, Mar 30, 2018: Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: CFore survey raises more questions than answers; road ahead could be difficult for Siddaramaiah

FirstPost, Mar 29, 2018: Third Front talks are fine, but it’s Congress which must beat BJP in its den to oust Narendra Modi in 2019

FirstPost, Mar 28, 2018: Karnataka poll dates announced by EC: Answer to who will win state Assembly polls may lie in its electoral history

FirstPost, Mar 26, 2018: Rahul Gandhi and Congress apart, triple anti-incumbency looms as major threat to Narendra Modi’s return in 2019

FirstPost, Mar 23, 2018: Delhi HC ruling on disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs makes Arvind Kejriwal a ‘martyr’, boosts party’s prospects

The Quint, 03 April, 2018: Congress Will Be the Biggest Loser in Mamata’s ‘Formula’ for 2019

The Quint, 31 March, 2018: Politics’ Biggest ‘Palturam’ Nitish Kumar Is Down but Not Out

The Quint, 26 March, 2018: In Pre-Poll Karnataka, JDS Takes Backseat as Cong-BJP Fight it Out

The Quint, 24 March, 2018: With UP Rajya Sabha Win, BJP May Have Pushed SP, BSP Closer

The Quint, 16 March, 2018: Rahul Can’t Serve Old Wine in New Bottle, Cong Needs New Strategy

Swarajya, Mar 25, 2018: Modi Versus The Rest: Why An Opposition Grand Alliance Will Only Give A Fillip To BJP’s Fortunes

FirstPost, Feb 5, 2018: Modi-Shah prep for pre-election show in Karnataka; Siddaramaiah adopts BJP tact, proves tough nut to crack

FirstPost, Jan 25, 2018: Jay Panda’s suspension gives a fillip to BJP; however significant challenges remain in its Odisha Mission 120

FirstPost, Jan 19, 2018: AAP may remain in power despite MLAs’ disqualification; office of profit case will make voters rally behind Arvind Kejriwal

Swarajya, Mar 19, 2018: Karnataka 2018: Ten Reasons The State May Come Back To BJP

Swarajya, Mar 09, 2018: Mission 120+: Its Modi vs Naveen in 2019

Swarajya, Mar 02, 2018: Six Reasons Why Shivraj Singh Chouhan Is Still Favourite To Win In 2018

The Quint, 15 March, 2018: How Akhilesh and Tejashwi Turned the Tables on BJP in UP, Bihar

The Quint, 14 March, 2018: UP-Bihar Bypolls Point to Potential ‘Grand Alliance’ Against BJP

The Quint, 24 February, 2018: BJP Strong in Meghalaya, but NPP Likely to Emerge As the Strongest

The Quint, 15 February, 2018: BJP, Hold Onto Allies – Regional Parties Will Call Shots in 2019

The Quint, 10 February, 2018: Modi in Tripura: Anti-Incumbency, Cong Turncoats Boost BJP

The Quint, 7 February, 2018: Budget 2018: Jaitley Missed a Chance to Boost Consumption

The Quint, 1 February, 2018Rajasthan Bypolls: ‘Double Anti-Incumbency’ at Play Against BJP

The Quint, 30 January 2018: Economic Survey 2018 Shows Impact of Noteban & GST Aren’t Over Yet 

The Quint, 28 January, 2018: Budget 2018: 7 Reasons Why There Is a Need for Change in Tax Slabs 

The Quint, 23 January, 2018: Karnataka Polls 2018: BJP, Congress Pin Hopes on ‘Vokkaliga’ Vote

The Quint, 20 January, 2018: BJP’s Aim to Oust AAP Govt Culminated in MLAs’ Disqualification

The Quint, 13 January, 2018: Now’s the Time to Simplify Tax Code for the Salaried Class

The Quint, 18 December, 2017: Gujarat Elections: Congress’ Gamble With Hardik Didn’t Pay Off

The Quint, 15 December, 2017: Tamasha of Exit Polls: Fight Between Axis and Chanakya Continues

The Quint, 12 December, 2017: Gujarat Elections: Swing Seats Critical for Both BJP and Congress

The Quint, 11 December, 2017: Reviving the Congress: Tough Task for Rahul, But It’s Possible

The Quint, 2 December, 2017: UP Civic Polls: Without Mahagathbandhan, There’s No Stopping BJP

The Quint, 27 November 2017Gujarat Elections: Adivasis and Dalits Likely to Bail Out the BJP

The Quint, 22 November 2017Gujarat Elections: Popularity Ratings May Spell Trouble for BJP

The Quint, 14 November 2017For BJP in Poll-Bound Gujarat, ‘Urbanisation’ a Double-Edged Sword

The Quint, 11 October 2017: Gujarat Polls: Go Local Should be the Mantra for Congress 

The Quint, 4 October 2017BJP’s Kerala Rally Will Strengthen Party, But Challenges Remain

The Quint, 29 September 2017: Gujarat Elections: Why Political Parties are Wooing the Patidars

The Quint, 9 August 2017: Gujarat Rajya Sabha Polls Show Amit Shah Is Human and Can Err Too

The Quint, 8 July 2017: Nitish Kumar Won’t Join NDA – Definitely Not After CBI Raided Lalu

The Quint, 1 June 2017With New Cattle Rules, BJP Hopes to Retain Voter Base in 2019 Poll

FirstPost, May 31, 2017: Babri Masjid row and fates of 3 BJP leaders: After sidelining Advani, Narendra Modi’s politics is bad news for Uma Bharti

The Quint, 26 May 2017Modi@3: Promise of 1 Crore Jobs Turns Out to be Another Jumla

FirstPost, May 26, 2017Maharashtra civic polls results in 2017: BJP, Congress has a lot to cheer about while regional parties lose dominance

The Quint, 26 May 2017: Modi@3: Riding the Crude Wave, Yet Failing to Fuel Consumption

FirstPost, May 20, 2017I-T raids will not deter Lalu Yadav: RJD chief has bounced back from worse crises in past

FirstPost, May 17, 2017: West Bengal civic poll results: TMC’s win establishes how non-Hindi speaking states remain to challenge for BJP

FirstPost, May 16, 2017: Nitish Kumar has no prime ministerial ambition: A clever lie to misguide BJP; signals Congress to initiate talks

FirstPost, May 14, 2017Mayawati tapes leaked by Naseemuddin Siddiqui brings back focus on the murky world of political funding

FirstPost, May 12, 2017: Presidential Election 2017: UP, Uttarakhand wins give NDA an edge as Opposition camp unify to take on BJP’s might

FirstPost, May 10, 2017EVM hacking: Is Narendra Modi govt’s delay on funding for VVPAT the root cause of all speculations?

FirstPost, May 09 2017:  Fodder scam or not, leaders like Lalu Prasad Yadav will continue to thrive: Corruption isn’t a big issue for Indians

FirstPost, May 08 2017AAP in crisis: Arvind Kejriwal’s party’s meteoric rise and how things went so terribly wrong

FirstPost, May 08 2017Why the new banking ordinance may not be able to solve the NPA rot

FirstPost, May 07 2017Kapil Mishra alleges Arvind Kejriwal took Rs 2 crore from Satyendra Jain: Can AAP survive another crisis?

FirstPost, May 07 2017AAP thrives on the politics of confrontation; BJP’s witch hunt is only going to help Arvind Kejriwal

FirstPost, May 06 2017Shivpal Yadav starts Samajwadi storm again: How SP is struggling to counter BJP juggernaut

FirstPost, May 03 2017Kumar Vishwas decides to stay with AAP: Here’s why Arvind Kejriwal was quick to address his concerns

FirstPost, May 02 2017Presidential Election 2017: Pranab Mukherjee retires in July, this is how India elects its president

FirstPost, Apr 28, 2017MCD Election 2017: Don’t write AAP’s obituary until the 2020 Assembly polls

FirstPost, Apr 28, 2017Lessons from MCD Election 2017: Congress’ only hope in Delhi is an alliance with AAP

The Quint, 27 March 2017IndiaSpend Data Cannot Make Congress Happy When Its Chips Are Down

FirstPost, Apr 26, 2017MCD Elections 2017 Results: Massive victory highlights BJP’s new strategy to tackle anti-incumbency

FirstPost, Apr 26, 2017MCD Election 2017 Results: Big win for BJP proves party is reaching stature enjoyed by Congress in the 1950s

FirstPost, Apr 26, 2017MCD Election 2017: Irrespective of results, introspection is need of the hour for AAP

FirstPost, Apr 26, 2017MCD Election 2017: Exit polls portend bad omen for AAP; is the aam aadmi dream dead?

FirstPost, Apr 26, 2017: MCD Election 2017: Big day for AAP, BJP, and Congress; polls will have national ramifications

FirstPost, Apr 26, 2017MCD Election 2017: Complex interplay of caste and class will determine the winner

FirstPost, Apr 23, 2017Why a Bihar-like grand alliance to counter BJP in Uttar Pradesh is doomed to fail?

FirstPost, Apr 21, 2017MCD Election 2017: AAP has lost ground since 2015, but BJP’s weak local leadership may hurt party

FirstPost, Apr 17, 20172019 Lok Sabha election: BJP’s strategy must focus on retaining states, expanding base

FirstPost, Apr 13, 2017By-election results in 2017: From Congress’ solid show to AAP’s route, here are five key themes from by polls

FirstPost, Apr 06 2017MCD Election 2017: Congress’ over-reliance on failings of BJP instead of forcing change will prove costly

FirstPost, Apr 04 2017MCD Election 2017: Ten reasons why Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party might pull off a win

The Quint, 25 March 2017Abolish Office Of The President Instead Of Giving It More Powers

The Quint, 20 March 2017BJP Must Perform Now in UP if it Wants to Replicate 2014 in 2019

FirstPost, Mar 14, 2017: UP Election Results 2017: Akhilesh Yadav, and not Mayawati, is the biggest loser

The Quint, 12 March 2017Faulty EVMs to be Blamed? Muslims Change the Rules in UP Polls

FirstPost, Mar 11, 2017: UP Election Results 2017: Improvement on BSP’s social engineering model takes BJP to dizzy heights

The Quint, 10 March 2017: UP Exit Poll Results: BJP’s Gamble of Not Having a CM Face Worked

FirstPost, Mar 10, 2017Exit polls 2017: Why solid data collection rather than methodology is key for higher accuracy

Citizen, February 02, 2017Punjab Polls: Thrilling Triangular Contest Set To Boil Down to Each Seat

Citizen, January 31, 2017Caste UnPlugged: Non-Yadav OBCs and Non-Jatav Dalits May Decide the UP Outcome

FirstPost, Jan 18, 2017: Elections 2017 will be tests for BJP’s ‘top down’ campaign strategy, Modi’s strength

FirstPost, 31 December 2016: 10 Reasons Why BJP’s Dream of Congress-Mukt Bharat Won’t Come True

The Quint, 23 November 2016: Bypoll Results Not People’s Verdict on Note Ban, Wait Till UP 2017

Merinews, 11, August 2016: It’s all about caste in Uttar Pradesh!

The Quint,  2 August 2016: Fear of Rising in Anti-Dalit Perception Behind Anandiben Quitting

Faking News, 17, Jul 2016Todi calls Fah & Jhootly after Sarunachal Debacle

DailyO,  06 July 2016How Priyanka Gandhi will change rules of the game for Congress in UP

Swarajya, Jul 05, 2016: How BJP Can Win A Landslide In UP

DailyO,  28, July 2016: 5 controversies that marred Narasimha Rao’s political legacy

Yahoo News, 10 June 2016Is BJP beginning to abandon the Middle Class?

DailyO,  09, June 2016: Why Muslim voters will desert Mulayam in favor of Mayawati in UP

Swarajya, Jun 08, 2016: BJP May Benefit By Not Announcing A CM Candidate In UP

Swarajya, Jun 02, 2016: 2019 Could End Up Looking A Lot Like 1971

Yahoo News, 31 May 2016PSU Bank Losses – Tax Payers to the rescue again?

DailyO, 26, May 2016India’s rising unemployment should be Modi’s biggest worry

Swarajya, May 25, 2016Can BJP From The Government In Kerala In 2021?

DailyO, 24, May 2016No hope for GST Bill: Congress likely to retain Rajya Sabha majority

DailyO,  2o, May 201610 reasons Left-Congress lost West Bengal more than Mamata won it

The Quint, 1 August 2016Anandiben Is in Trouble, but Will Gujarati Asmita Work for BJP?

Yahoo News, 1 August 2016The real story behind Exit Poll results

DailyO,  18, May 2016: HD Deve Gowda: Accidental PM who taught every Indian politician to hope

Yahoo News, 14 May 2016The close Leadership contest in Tamil Nadu

Yahoo News, 12 May 2016Interesting Findings from Income Tax Data

DailyO, 09, May 2016UDF stands to lose Kerala polls with even minorities turning away

DailyO,  29, May 2016West Bengal Cricket Match

Faking News, 29, Apr 2016Sharad calls Advani for Margdarshan

Yahoo News, 26 April 2016Can Prashant Kishor Deliver UP and Punjab to the Congress party?

DailyO,  24, April 2016Prashant Kishor’s real test begins now with Rahul Gandhi

DailyO,  23, April 2016Why Supreme Court’s stand in Uttarakhand crisis is baffling

DailyO, 14, April 2016: The love-hate relationship between BJP and Jayalalithaa

Yahoo News, 11 April 2016Can Muslims stop BJP juggernaut in Assam?

DailyO, 11, April 2016: Why Left will sweep Kerala in 2016 polls

Swarajya, Apr 05, 2016: Bengal Elections Now Depend On Just One Thing: Leadership Ratings

DailyO, 04, April 2016Muslim votes hold the key to Mamata returning to power in West Bengal

Swarajya, Apr 04, 2016West Bengal: Another Bihar For BJP, Only Worse

DailyO,  28, March 2016Does Jayalalithaa have a chance of coming back as Tamil Nadu CM?

DailyO,  23, March 2016Can BJP mark its entry in Assam?

DailyO, 21, March 2016Leave aside Mamata, BJP won’t even unseat Left in Bengal

DailyO, 14, March 2016India’s Left will not be decimated in West Bengal and Kerala polls

DailyO, 8, March 2016: Will Rahul Gandhi fail again in state elections?

DailyO, 1, March 2016Salaried class is the biggest loser in Jaitley’s Budget

DailyO, 29, Feburary 20165 ups and 5 downs of Jaitley’s Budget 2016

DailyO, 25, Feburary 2016: Rail Budget 2016: Suresh Prabhu puts Indian Railways back on track

DailyO, 19, Feburary 2016: Is bad loan waiver another 2G scam?

DailyO, 12, Feburary 2016: 10 decisions Arun Jaitley must take in Budget 2016

DailyO, 8, Feburary 2016Perform or perish Air India, but spare the passenger

DailyO, 1, Feburary 2016: Modi and BJP may lose Gujarat to Congress in 2017

DailyO, 29, January 2016Forget Jungle Raj, crime is actually down in Nitish-Lalu’s Bihar

DailyO, 25, January 2016Imposing President’s Rule in Arunachal will come back to haunt Modi Sarkar

DailyO, 22, January 2016Is the Modi government UPA-3 in the making?

Yahoo Finance, 11 January 2016: Spare the common man, Mr. Jaitley!

DailyO, 12, January 2016Is BJP the new Congress?

DailyO, 17, December 2015Why Sharad Pawar is a politician obsessed with staying in power

DailyO, 30, November 2015:  Can a mega anti-BJP alliance win against Modi in Lok Sabha 2019?

DailyO, 27, November 2015: Why NDA’s minority woes won’t end till 2019 polls

Swarajyamag, Nov 21, 2015: Was Mohan Bhagwat’s Anti-Reservation Comment The Main Reason For BJP’s Debacle In Bihar?

DailyO, 20, November 2015: Why everyone is out wooing Mayawati

DailyO, 16, November 2015Why Lalu will not make Nitish Kumar the biggest loser of Bihar elections

DailyO, 13 November 2015Bihar poll was a three-cornered fight and the ‘others’ scored high

Swarajyamag, Nov 10, 2015Bihar: How BJP And Allies Missed The Chemistry

DailyO, 7, November 2015: Forget exit polls, Bihar’s verdict will be a Game of Others

DailyO, 6, November 2015From Chanakya to C-Voter: What exit polls do not predict about Bihar

Hindustan Times, Nov 04, 2015Leadership ratings: Is it the biggest clue to Bihar election results?

DailyO, 4 November, 201511 reasons why the last phase of Bihar polls will change everything

Sawarjyamag, Oct 16, 2015Bihar Phase 1: It Is Not What It Seems To Be

Hindustan Times, Feb 25, 2015Budget 2015: Salaried class looks forward to PM Modi with great hopes

Hindustan Times, Jan 14, 2015Kejriwal vs Modi again? All is not lost for AAP in Delhi

Hindustan Times, Dec 02, 2014Will Jharkhand see a fractured mandate again?

Hindustan Times, Nov 24, 2014State of affairs in Jharkhand as it heads for elections

Faking News, 03, Nov 2015: The Plight of Poor Karyakartas in Bihar Elections

Hindustan Times, Jul 17, 2014BJP attempt to form govt in Delhi akin to hara-kiri

Hindustan Times, Jul 16, 2014Will the budget really usher in ‘acche din’ for India?

Hindustan Times, Jul 10, 2014: Why petrol products subsidies should be done away with

Hindustan Times,  Jun 28, 2014Railway fare hike could be the first of many bitter pills

Hindustan Times, Jun 27, 2014: An open letter to finance minister from salaried class

Hindustan Times,  Jun 11, 2014: After LS poll debacle, can the Congress bounce back?

Hindustan Times, May 29, 2014: Delhi is asking: can AAP bounce back?

Hindustan Times, May 13, 2014How top guns Modi, Rahul, and Kejriwal campaigned

Hindustan Times, Apr 21, 2014: Narendra Modi’s election campaign: what’s working, what may not

Hindustan Times, Apr 15, 2014: Not just a slogan: Why it’s important for you to vote this time

Faking News, 13, Feb 2014: Farnab interviews Fahul

Faking News, 04, Nov 2013: Skit – A Day in Parliament


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