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  • A polling official (right) marks the finger of a voter in Chrar-i-Sharief on Dec 9, 2014, during the third phase of polling for the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly election. Photo : AP

    Jammu & Kashmir

    An Election of Competing Nationalisms

    Kaustav Chakrabarti

    The ongoing Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir is marked by a decline in the fortunes of the Indian National Congress. Kaustav Chakrabarti, says that though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could gain in Jammu, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is likely to emerge victorious in Kashmir.

Former national spokesperson of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Ram Madhav, recently inducted into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a general secretary, is considered to be a confidant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. Excerpts from a telephone interview with Bharti Mishra Nath, a former Public Policy Scholar at The Hindu Centre.
David Washbrook, Research Professor in South Asian History, Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K. Photo: M. Moorthy

Interview

A Modern Secularism Crucial for India's Progress: David Washbrook

V.S. Sambandan and A.R. Venkatachalapathy

A leading British historian of colonial south India, David Washbrook, Research Professor in South Asian History, Trinity College, Cambridge, U.K., sees India at a crossroads with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) heading the Union government.