This article explores the puzzle of the BJP Muslim supporter in Gujarat. Based on nearly two years of research in Ahmedabad city, Raheel Dhattiwala flags the crucial distinction between supporting a political party in public and voting for it. She examines the transformation in behaviour of the Sunni Muslim voter in Gujarat since 2009 and explores different motivations leading to their support of the BJP and Chief Minister Narendra Modi, despite many acknowledging the role of the party and its leaders in the massacres of Muslims in 2002.
The Nepali Congress took a narrow lead over the CPN-UML while the UCPN (Maoist) was at a distant third as the counting continued on Saturday for the election to the Constituents Assembly that will draft Nepal’s new Constitution in the country after years of political turmoil.
A young Indian-American activist-academic is poised to become the first recognized socialist to be elected to a public office in the United States, where the term socialism and socialist are treated with deep suspicion and disdain.