Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Unsung Heroes of Democracy: There is a churn among the footsoldiers of political parties—some are losing steam, others gaining new zeal

Issue Date : 25 April 2022


Diary | Dining With A Phantom King

Childhood reminisces of encounters with a ghost in sylvan Shillong


Beyond The Borders: When A Hindi Novel Gets Shortlisted For Booker

A language that struggles to get recognition in its native land is now one step away from a major international award. Will it pave the way for more Hindi novelists to overcome different boundaries?


Patna's Long Forgotten Nightlife Of Tawaifs And Bordellos

Once known as Azimabad, Patna was a centre of dance and music. The sound of anklets and taans of singing by the tawaifs may have fallen silent, but their tales remain alive.


Social Awakening, Individual Character Building: What RSS Expects From Its Cadres

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh aims to bring about systemic changes through social awakening and character building of swayamsevaks, at an individual level and together as a united front.


Decoding The Journey Of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh

The journey of the RSS is baffling to many. Despite political and intellectual opposition, it continues to go from strength to strength. How does one decode the Sangh?


Cadres Keep Kashmir's National Conference Relevant

The party that Sheikh Abdullah founded was nurtured by its radical 'land to the tiller' movement of the 1950s, but these days, leaders seem to be living in the past. Luckily, the 2019 abrogation of Article 370 may be causing a recent resurgence.


AAP At The Grassroots And Its Big Strides In Gujarat

Sticking to its core values of grassroots connect via a decentralised army of voluntary cadres, it has begun to make deep inroads into BJP's stronghold of Gujarat


AAP: The Anti-corruption Zealots On The March

AAP's recent victory in Punjab and its strong performance in Delhi over three assembly elections show it's ready to fill in as a serious national-level challenger to BJP.


Cadres Of Political Parties: The Unsung Heroes Of Democracy

As activist, agent, ticket aspirant, broker, fixer, etc., all rolled into one, the political worker is the least studied element of Indian politics


The Slow And Steady Decline Of BSP

Once considered a future PM, Mayawati’s cadre and Dalit voters seem to have lost faith in the BSP


RJD: Time For Reappraisal Of Party Cadres

Political cadres not only act as an interface between parties and the masses, they also help in decentralising democracy at the grassroots


Shiv Sena In New Avtar: How Far Will The Tamed Beast Go?

The father-son duo of Uddhav Thackeray and Aaditya are transforming the once violence-loving party into a moderate one to suit the current political environment. The party cadre, though, are unhappy at being denied their regular adrenaline rush of 'tod phod'.


Death Of The Political Cadre: What Impacted Congress Party's Student And Youth Wings

The death of ideology in Indian politics, coupled with the unexpected outcome of an organisational reorientation, has impacted the entry of talented young cadres from working-class backgrounds, who would earlier flood the ranks of the NSUI and the IYC.


Unfailing Commitment Of CPI(M) Red Brigades

A deep dive into the lives of three cadres from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) with an unending passion for the party, and the risks they undertake at the cost of personal safety.