The Maharashtra elections results can’t be explained by Raj Thackeray alone, as I argue in this opinion piece in today’s Indian Express. The larger question is why the opposition to the Congress in Maharasthra has historically been so lame. Another question, which my piece doesn’t answer, is why certain states (Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh for instance)…

Analysis by the Times of India indicates an approximately 30 per cent decline in the count of candidates with criminal records contesting the present Lok Sabha elections as compared to the statistics for the 2004 elections. While there may be many factors responsible for this decline, it is evident that civil society efforts such as…