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Swarna Rajagopalan

  • Nawaz Sharif, Narendra Modi and the art of making friends

    The human interest stories that surround public events are as revealing as official communiqués, and in an age when leaders and those around them tweet as they go, they take surprising turns. The swearing in ceremony of the new government, for instance, was already a foreign policy event with the...

    Monday, 9 June 2014 - 3:32pm
  • The uncomfortable question of gender equality in Narendra Modi's cabinet

    How many women will join the Narendra Modi Council of Ministers, and what percentage will they constitute of the whole? Moreover, what will the number and percentage be for each rank in the Council – Cabinet, Minister of State and Deputy Minister? When you read this, we will likely know the answers...

    Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 4:00pm
  • The morning after Elections 2014 concluded

    All of yesterday’s excitement, its highs and lows, its emotion, are behind us. It doesn’t matter who you or I voted for, and perhaps it doesn’t even matter who won—this was a free and fair election, and the meaning of democracy is that sometimes your side wins and sometimes it loses. Many of us...

    Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 12:42pm
  • Lok Sabha elections: Reflections on voting and conflict

    As we have completed each phase of the 2014 Parliamentary elections, we have been almost competitive about voter turnout. Which city or state fared best, who had the highest percentage earliest in the day?

    Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 3:08pm
  • Lok Sabha elections: The stability delusion

    As election fever overtakes early summer temperatures, the word “stability” buzzes around us. Many, many of my friends (the Facebook kind) are going to vote for stability and strong government. The yearning for stability is alive and well in our hearts, I see. Living in an age where from the large...

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 4:57pm
  • After Lok Sabha polls 2014, small steps to take towards full inclusion of women

    This election season, there are two women’s charters on the table.

    Thursday, 3 April 2014 - 1:45pm
  • Lok Sabha elections 2014: Women are citizens and stakeholders, nothing less

    Swarna Rajagopalan explains why women, even "just housewives" who "don’t work", are interested in election issues that go beyond home affairs, domestic politics and gender-based violence.

    Saturday, 15 March 2014 - 3:25pm
  • Lok Sabha elections 2014: What price polls for women in disturbed areas?

    On Women's Day, Swarna Rajagopalan examines the upcoming general elections in the context of women who are victims of violence and exploitation, especially in conflict areas.

    Saturday, 8 March 2014 - 12:09pm
  • 2014 elections: Parties that ignore women's rights aren't worth your vote

    Feminist filters for the 2014 elections: Women’s participation in politics and better representation at every level is intrinsically important. But it must be accompanied by an integration of gender concerns in the thinking and rhetoric of the political class. Swarna Rajagopalan analyses how and...

    Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 12:49pm
  • Why more women must participate in the 2014 elections

    In the run-up to the last round of Assembly elections in 2013, a Gender Manifesto was released by women’s organisations setting out a series of priorities across demographic groups and economic sectors. It is safe to assume that no political party or candidate engaged with this list and made it a...

    Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 4:31pm