In Impoverished East UP, BJP Tries Star Power To Win Back Voters

Gorakhpur and Sant Kabir Nagar (Uttar Pradesh): Ravi Kishan tied an orange safa (turban) around his head as his SUV stopped at a village named Domari No. 1. Kishan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ca...

In India’s Holiest City, Modi Not As Omnipresent As Before

Varanasi and Bhadohi (Uttar Pradesh): “I don’t fake things. Sometimes, if I don’t want to speak the truth, I can tell you the extended truth. But I don’t lie.” At a primary school i...

Religion, Caste Politics In The Face Of Widespread Distress In Awadh

Ayodhya, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh): Ram Tirath, 55, and his wife Mithilesh Kumari, 50, were squabbling over whom to vote for on May 6, 2019. The couple grow sugarcane and mustard on their 2.5-acre farm ...

In UP’s Hindutva Hotbed, Young Hardliners Look Beyond 2019

Muzaffarnagar, Kairana (Uttar Pradesh): “Look, this election isn’t really about voting for your MP. It’s about bringing Prime Minister Modi back again.” That was former Bharatiya Janata...

Why Masses Of Jobless Youth May Reduce The BJP In UP

Lucknow: As Ram Baran’s phone rang loudly, the ringtone went like this: “Ram lala hum ayengey, mandir wahi banayenge. Beloved Ram we will come, build the temple there.” It was a reference to the...

Hate Politics, Urban Aspiration Collide In Battle For UP

Gautam Buddh Nagar (Uttar Pradesh): Clouds of dust flew into people’s faces as the next white SUV full of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) karyakartas (workers) drove up to the maidan (ground) in Sutyan...

On The Gangetic Plain, 600 Million Indians Feel Effects Of Air Pollution And Changing Climate

Varanasi: It’s 6.30 pm in the northern Indian city of Varanasi on a cool January evening. Darkness is yet to fall but visibility already has. The cars on its teeming streets are hard to see from jus...

In A UP District, Death From Hunger, As Governance, Social Security Collapse

Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh: "CM-ji, my older brother died of hunger, please save me," hissed a skeletal figure in a video taken by freelance journalist Anoop Kumar on September 13, 2018. The emaciated ...

India’s Disturbing Communal Incidents Data; 61 A Month

Highlights*Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of communal incidents in the last 4 years *Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland reported no communal incidents, Jammu and Kashmir reported only two incidents in 4 years   A communal flare-up (clashes between communities) occurred in Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir around the Eid festival on August 9, 2013. … Continued

Uttar Pradesh’s Sorry Record Of Custodial Deaths

The issue of custodial and encounter deaths have come back into focus in light of the Ishrat Jahan controversy. The controversy surrounds the 2004 killing of a 19-year-old girl by the Gujarat state police, allegedly in a fake encounter.   While custodial deaths are periodically reported, the numbers, in aggregate, are indeed worrying. Particularly, in … Continued