Hostile speeches and abusive remarks, it is now pervasively believed, can make or break electoral verdicts. Whenever rival politicians indulge in a war of words, the public avidly tallies who ‘won’ or ‘lost’ each round.
The contrast between the way the police dealt with protests by Dalits in UP’s Saharanpur and Rajputs in Rajasthan is part of a pattern of selective aggression and selective silence that goes deep and wide
"There is a great insecurity in the BJP’s mind because they have been systematically targeted by Rahul Gandhi (Congress Party VP). He is one man and he has taken on, single-handedly, the Prime Minister and his 35 cabinet ministers in Gujarat."