Press Articles

Time to give democracy a new lease of life
The Tribune, 15 September 2020
SY Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)

 In Bihar, EC’s challenge: To ensure level playing field in a mostly virtual campaign 
The Indian Express, 21 August 2020
SY Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections will hold lessons for India’s Election Commission ahead of Bihar polls
The Indian Express, 3 August 2020
SY Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)

Hardik Patel’s appointment as Gujarat Congress working chief announces new form of old politics 
The Indian Express, 30 July 2020
Christophe Jaffrelot, Sharik Laliwala

Friday Links: Is India undercounting Covid-19 deaths? + Neelanjan Sircar on the ‘politics of vishwas’ – The Political Fix 
The Scroll, 24 July 2020
Rohan Venkataramakrishnan

S Y Quraishi writes: The unavailability of food has a clear domino effect on the health of children
The Indian Express, 27 June, 2020
SY Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)

Ved Marwah, the protector of my ACR
The Tribune, 15 June, 2020
SY Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)

Unlike Colston or Columbus, Ambedkar Memorial statues deserve their place in public spaces
The Print, 14 June, 2020
Mukulika Banerjee & Gilles Verniers

Why defections continue to cast a shadow on politics | Opinion
Hindustan Times, 11 June, 2020
Gilles Verniers

BJP’s undiluted power at the Centre has weakened the bargaining position of regional parties
The Print, 31 May, 2020
Yamini Aiyar & Neelanjan Sircar

Not vikas, Modi’s 2019 election was built on politics of vishwas
The Print, 30 May, 2020
Neelanjan Sircar

Analysis: What candidate selection tells us about BJP, Congress strategies
Hindustan Times, 14 May, 2020
Gilles Verniers

Legitimate voter, not a ‘parasite’
The Tribune, 10 May, 2020
SY Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)

Conducting elections during a pandemic
The Hindu, 8 May, 2020
SY Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)

Across the World, the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Become an Invitation to Autocracy
The Wire, 3 May, 2020
SY Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)

Our children need a happy, congenial environment to grow up in, not a climate of fear
The Indian Express, 29 April, 2020
SY Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)

A blueprint for a testing strategy | Analysis
Hindustan Times, 22 April, 2020
Jishnu Das, Neelanjan Sircar and Partha Mukhopadhyay

How to sustain a long lockdown 
Hindustan Times, 30 March, 2020
Neelanjan Sircar

Time women got 33% quota for seats in Houses
The Tribune, 9 March, 2020
SY Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner of India)

How BJP’s one-party dominance differs from Congress: it co-opts local elites and opponents
The Print, 27 Feb, 2020
Rahul Verma, Neelanjan Sircar, Gilles Verniers

Delhi verdict: 30 charts and maps that help understand AAP’s ‘post-identity politics’, Feb 15, 2020
Gilles Verniers, Basim-u-Nissa, Saloni Bhogale & Mohit Kumar

Caste identities in Delhi Assembly stay uniform
Hindustan Times, Feb 15, 2020
Gilles Verniers & Basim-u-Nissa

Large win margins, few close contests prove AAP’s appeal
Hindustan Times, Feb 13, 2020
Gilles Verniers

Is the BJP government seeking to create a Hindu rashtra — by jugaad?
Hindustan Times, Dec 30, 2019
Neelanjan Sircar

Understanding the local, in Jharkhand and beyond
Hindustan Times, Dec 26, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Jharkhand Assembly election results 2019: A balanced representation of castes
Hindustan Times, Dec 25, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Urban-rural divide, disgruntled regional allies sparked poll reversal in Jharkhand
Hindustan Times, Dec 24, 2019
Neelanjan Sircar

BJP’s hegemony and party structure spark concerns. But its power is fragile
Hindustan Times, Dec 16, 2019
Neelanjan Sircar

Wolf in Shepherd’s Clothing: Religious identity, not persecution, is the defining criterion for faster access to citizenship
The Economic Times, Dec 12, 2019
Gilles Verniers

The politics of economic growth
Live Mint, 5 November, 2019
Pramit Bhattacharya

Maharashtra wasn’t the cakewalk the BJP thought it would be. 34 charts and maps explain the verdict, Oct 30, 2019
Gilles Verniers

What tripped up the BJP in Haryana? 33 charts that decode the verdict that stunned ruling party, Oct 29, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Most of the winning incumbents, new lawmakers from BJP
Hindustan Times, Oct 27, 2019
Basim Nissa, Mohit Kumar, Saloni Bhogale and Priyamvada Trivedi

Age, gender, assets: A profile of newly elected Maharashtra House
Hindustan Times, Oct 27, 2019
Basim Nissa, Mohit Kumar, Saloni Bhogale and Priyamvada Trivedi

Education to assets: The profile of Haryana House
Hindustan Times, Oct 26, 2019
Saloni Bhogale, Basim Nissa, and Mohit Kumar

Modi’s Success in India’s Elections: Five Factors
YaleGlobal Online, July 23, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Simultaneous Polls Is Not The Electoral Reform We Need Most
Outlook India, June 26, 2019
S.Y. Quraishi

Pros and cons of ‘One Nation, One Election’
Mumbai Mirror, June 20, 2019
S.Y. Quraishi

Behind rise of BJP in Bengal: Polarisation, violence, erosion of Left and Congress base
Indian Express, June 12, 2019
Neelanjan Sircar

Explained: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana — two states, two election stories
Indian Express, June 6, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Madhya Pradesh: In bettering 2014 showing, BJP kept out ‘dynasts’, leveraged central schemes
Indian Express, June 4, 2019
Christophe Jaffrelot, Pankaj Singh

Months after Vasundhara Raje ceded Assembly, how BJP swept all LS seats again
Indian Express, June 3, 2019
Christophe Jaffrelot, Jusmeet Singh Sihra

Verdict 2019 in charts and maps: Two-thirds of MPs who re-ran won, half the new MPs are first-timers, May 31, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Muslims’ under-representation in Parliament is not a consequence of the BJP’s rise
Hindustan Times, May 30, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Breaking down the Gujarat verdict: How regional pride, nationalism made Modi-Shah even stronger on home turf
Indian Express, May 29, 2019
Christophe Jaffrelot, Sharik Laliwala

Verdict 2019 in charts and maps: BJP started poorly, Congress nearly drew a blank from phases 4 to 6, May 29, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Breaking down the Uttar Pradesh verdict: In biggest bout, knockout
Indian Express, May 28, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Verdict 2019 in charts and maps: More voters turned out than ever before, more parties contested, May 28, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Explained: Why so many MPs are dynasts
Indian Express, May 27, 2019
Gilles Verniers, Christophe Jaffrelot

Explained: The BJP’s Stunning Performance in Uttar Pradesh
The Wire, May 27, 2019
Fahad Hasin

Explained: In Hindi heartland, upper castes dominate new Lok Sabha
Indian Express, May 27, 2019
Christophe Jaffrelot, Gilles Verniers

Lok Sabha results 2019: BJP’s win margins rose in 2019
Hindustan Times, May 25, 2019
Neelanjan Sircar

How UP was conquered: BJP victory validates electoral mobilisation based on emotional appeals, patriotism
Indian Express, May 25, 2019
Gilles verniers

Lok Sabha election results 2019: At 14.6%, Lok Sabha to have most women ever
Hindustan Times, May 25, 2019
Gilles Verniers, Sofia Ammassari

From faith to gender and profession to caste: A profile of the 17th Lok Sabha
Hindustan Times, May 25, 2019
Priyamvada Trivedi, Basim U Nissa and Saloni Bhogale

It’s time to take stock of the electoral process
The Hindu, May 25, 2019
S.Y. Quraishi

Lok Sabha elections 2019: What assets, occupations of political hopefuls tell us
Hindustan Times, May 23, 2019
Gilles Verniers and Priyamvada Trivedi

‘Why Is EC Not Clarifying Facts:’ Former CEC SY Qureshi On EVM Tampering Allegations
Outlook India, May 21, 2019
S.Y Quraishi

Lok Sabha elections 2019: In 2019, fewer sitting MPs in poll fray
Hindustan Times, May 11, 2019
Gilles Verniers

The Election Commission must act tough
The Hindu, May 07, 2019
S.Y. Quraishi

Lok Sabha elections 2019: How does voter turnout impact election results?
Hindustan Times, May 03, 2019
Neelanjan Sircar

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Can BJP retain dominance in Hindi heartland?
Hindustan Times, Apr 29, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Will BJP be able to win back key heartland states from Congress?
Hindustan Times, Apr 25, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Elections 2019 : BJP, Congress Manifestos on Women – How do they compare?, April 14, 2019
Surya Harikrishnan

Women shouldn’t just choose their political representatives, they should become one
WION, Apr 12, 2019
S.Y. Quraishi

Proving a point on audit trail
The Hindu, April 4, 2019
S.Y. Quraishi

Modi in a weaker position compared to 2014, March 26, 2019
Archana Masih, Gilles Verniers

Who speaks for Muslims in Lok Sabha? The answer is quite tricky
Hindustan Times, March 26, 2019
Saloni Bhogale

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Decoding Congress, BJP poll picks
Hindustan Times, March 25, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Parties pick new candidates as anti-incumbency plays spoiler
Hindustan Times, March 20, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Evolving Shades of Elections
Organiser, March 20, 2019
SY Quraishi

This Congress is Unholy
The Economic Times, March 19, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Lok Sabha election 2019: The gains for BJP were not uniform across all states after the Kargil war
Hindustan Times, Mar 14, 2019
Neelanjan Sircar

A 900-million strong electorate makes Elections 2019 the biggest ever
livemint, March 10, 2019
SY Quraishi

EC must clinch debate with a proper VVPAT audit
Deccan Herald, March 9, 2019
SY Quraishi

Anatomy of a choice
Indian Express, March 5, 2019
Gilles Verniers

Nigeria’s difficult democratic journey
The Hindu, March 01, 2019
SY Quraishi

Slipping on democracy
Indian Express, February 26, 2019
SY Quraishi

Why an educational qualification to stand for polls is against the very spirit of democracy
Dailyo, Feb 23, 2019
SY Quraishi and Aditya

There is no question of going back to the paper ballot: S.Y. Quraishi
The Hindu, Dec 19, 2018
Anuradha Raman

Fewer women MLAs find place in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh assemblies this time
Hindustan Times, Dec 14,2018
Glles Verniers

Assembly elections results in MP, Rajasthan show upper castes still dominate heartland
Hindustan Times, Dec 14,2018
Glles Verniers

How to read December 11
Indian Express, Dec 8, 2018
Gilles Verniers

Madhya Pradesh assembly election 2018: Will corruption, rural anger hurt BJP in the state?
Hindustan Times, Nov 28, 2018
Neelanjan Sircar and Roshan Kishore

Performing moderately
Indian Express, Sep 15, 2018
By S Y Quraishi

EVMs: A Question of Credibility
India Legal, Aug 12, 2018
By S Y Quraishi

वर्तमान के साथ इतिहास भी दिखाता है कि भाजपा के लिए 2019 की राह आसान नहीं है
India Legal, Aug 7, 2018
By आशीष रंजन

Pakistan polls saw no-holds-barred debates, brutal criticism of government: Quraishi
The Hindu, Aug 5, 2018
By Devesh K Pandey

What I saw in Pakistan
The Indian Express, Aug 3, 2018
By S Y Quraishi

इतिहास भी बता सकता है कि 2019 का लोक सभा चुनाव जीतना राहुल गांधी के लिए इतना मुश्किल क्यों है?
Satyagrah, July 28, 2018
By आशीष रंजन

Money matters in Indian elections: Why parties depend on wealthy candidates
Hindustan Times, July 26, 2018
By Neelanjan Sircar

लोकसभा चुनाव में बढ़ेगा क्षेत्रीय दलों का दबदबा!
Forward Press, July 3, 2018
By आशीष रंजन

‘One Year, One Election’ may be a good compromise
Deccan Herald, July 1, 2018
By S Y Quraishi

Regional Parties in the Upcoming Indian General Election
Asia Dialogue, June 29, 2018
By Ashish Ranjan
Why is Dalit politics on the boil?
Live Mint, 23 June, 2018
Roshan Kishore

Onus on EC to ensure EVM credibility: Glitches apart, EVMs are necessary
The Asian Age, June 18, 2018
By S Y Quraishi

Karnataka leftovers
The Indian Express, June 7, 2018
By S Y Quraishi

What Kairana means
The Indian Express, June 1, 2018
By Gilles Verniers, Rajkamal Singh

क्या किसी सरकार द्वारा चलाई जा रही जनहितकारी योजनाएं चुनाव में वोट नहीं दिला सकती हैं?
The Wire (Hindi), May 20 2018
By आशीष रंजन

Hanging by a thread: The Karnataka verdict explained in 22 charts and maps, May 17, 2018
By Gilles Verniers

Rise of Lingayats, missing women: A profile of the new Karnataka assembly
Hindustan Times, May 16, 2018
By Gilles Verniers

Elections in the time of Cambridge Analytica
The Indian Express, May 11, 2018
By S Y Quraishi

Karnataka assembly elections 2018: Rahul Gandhi’s credibility will be tested in state
The Indian Express, May 9, 2018
By Ashish Ranjan

‘Sarkari Slyness’: Ex-EC Chief Backs Quint’s Electoral Bond Exposé
The Quint, April 14, 2018
By S Y Quraishi

Opinion: It’s futile to blame political parties for using data manipulators like Cambridge Analytica
The Scroll, April 6, 2018
By Gilles Verniers & Sudheendra Hangal

Seeking justice just got harder
The Economic Times, April 4, 2018
By Gilles Vernier

Why myopic Left lost Tripura
The Statesman, 31 March, 2018
Sankar Ray

क्षेत्रीय दल यदि साथ आ जाएं तो भाजपा-कांग्रेस के बुरे दिन आ सकते हैं
The Wire Hindi, March 31, 2018
By आशीष रंजन

آئندہ لوک سبھا انتخاب مودی کے لیے کیوں آسان نہیں ہوگا
The Wire Urdu, March 28, 2018
By آشیش رنجن

A changing of the gaurd in Northeast India
School of International Affairs, University of Nottingham, March 27, 2018
By Gilles Verniers

How political parties choose their candidates to win elections
Hindustan Times , March 26, 2018
By Neelanjan Sircar

North-East politics: The three Assembly elections underline the marginalisation of women
The Scroll , March 16, 2018
By Gilles Verniers

Gorakhpur in perspective
Indian Express, March 15, 2018
By Gilles Verniers

Idea that women can’t win elections is a lie: SY Quraishi
The Times of India, March 10, 2018
By S.Y. Quraishi

View: Holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and state elections is neither feasible nor desirable
The Economic Times, March 10, 2018
By Gilles Verniers

An unequal democracy
The Tribune, March 8, 2018
By SY Quraishi

It is time to have a debate on proportional representation, says ex-CEC S.Y. Quraishi
The Hindu, March 7, 2018
By Anuradha Raman

Nagaland verdict explained in 24 charts: How the Congress helped the BJP make inroads in the state
The Scroll, March 7, 2018
By Gilles Verniers

The Meghalaya hung verdict explained in 25 charts: More volatility than overall results suggest
The Scroll, March 4, 2018
By Gilles Verniers

Constructing Democracy
The Indian Express, March 4, 2018
By Gilles Verniers

BJP gobbles up Congress, bites hard into Left in Tripura
The Indian Express, March 3, 2018
By Ashish Ranjan

Lawmakers with perk
The Indian Express, February 26, 2018
By S Y Quraishi

The BJP’s remarkable Tripura win (and the total collapse of the Congress) explained in 21 charts
The Scroll, March 05, 2018
By Gilles Verniers

Which MPs utilise constituency funds the best?
Hindustan Times, February 21, 2018
By Neelanjan Sircar

BJP knocks on Manik Sarkar’s door in Tripura
The Indian Express, February 18, 2018
By Ashish Ranjan

Education ups attendance of MPs, criminal history lowers it
Hindustan Times, January 31, 2018
By Neelanjan Sircar

The duty of the young
The Indian Express, January 13, 2018
By S Y Quraishi

Himachal paradox in eight charts: Women outvote men – but only four were elected to the Assembly
Scroll, December 28, 2017
By Basim-u-Nissa & Gilles Verniers

Gujarat elected only 13 female MLAs – continuing a nationwide trend of low representation for women
Scroll, December 28, 2017
By Basim-u-Nissa & Gilles Verniers

گجرات اسمبلی الیکشن:ووٹنگ ٹرن آؤٹ کی بنیاد پر ہار جیت کی پیشن گوئی کرنا جلد بازی ہوگی
The Wire Urdu, December 11, 2017
By آشیش رنجن

گجرات اسمبلی الیکشن:ووٹنگ ٹرن آؤٹ کی بنیاد پر ہار جیت کی پیشن گوئی کرنا جلد بازی ہوگی
The Wire Urdu, December 11, 2017
By آشیش رنجن

گجرات میں آدیواسیوں کو کیوں نہیں ملی اب تک وکاس کی گارنٹی؟
The Wire Urdu, December 7, 2017
By آشیش رنجن

گراؤنڈ رپورٹ : گجرات کے کسان مودی سے کیوں ناراض ہیں؟
The Wire Urdu, November 29, 2017
By آشیش رنجن

गुजरात : चुनावी मुद्दा तो हैं आदिवासी मगर विकास की गारंटी से महरूम
Panchayat Times, December 6, 2017
By आशीष रंजन

गुजरात : विकास की मलमल सी कहानी में टाट का पैबंद है किसानों का यह दर्द
Panchayat Times, November 28, 2017
By आशीष रंजन

आरक्षण क्यों मांग रहा है गुजरात का पाटीदार समुदाय?
Panchayat Times, December 9, 2017
By आशीष रंजन

क्या पहले चरण में कम मतदान होने से गुजरात में भाजपा की जीत तय मानी जाये?
Panchayat Times, December 10, 2017
By आशीष रंजन

मत प्रतिशत में बड़ा अंतर पाटना होगा कांग्रेस की सबसे बड़ी चुनौती
Panchayat Times, December 14, 2017
By आशीष रंजन

Reading Gujarat verdict: Rural-urban divide underlined, Congress gains for future
Indian Express, December 19, 2017
By Christophe Jaffrelot , Gilles Verniers

Narendra Modi is the LoC in Gujarat, one that is still tough for the Congress to cross
Indian Express, December 17, 2017
By Ashish Ranjan

How Gujarat was won (and lost): 28 charts that explain the election results

Scroll, December 20, 2017
By Trivedi Centre for Political Data

The inability to move mass leaders up the party ranks has been a problem for the Congress
Hindustan Times, December 19, 2017
By Ashish Ranjan and Neelanjan Sircar

We must save the Election Commission from the clutches of Indian politicians
The Print, December 15, 2017
By S. Y. Quraishi

Caste of characters
Indian Express, December 15, 2017
By Christophe Jaffrelot , Gilles Verniers

In Nepal, with hope
Indian Express, December 12, 2017
By S.Y. Quraishi

The Gujarat difference
Indian Express, October 16, 2017
By Gilles Verniers

Error of Commission
Indian Express, October 14, 2017
By S.Y. Quraishi

ECI decision to not announce Gujarat poll dates surprises former CEC S.Y. Quarishi
The Hindu, October 12, 2017
By Vijaita Singh

Tweedledee, Tweedledum
Indian Express, October 5, 2017
By Christophe Jaffrelot, Gilles Verniers

Why India Needs to Change its Electoral Voting System
The Caravan, September 13, 2017
By S.Y. Quraishi

India@100: Democracy & Polls In 2047
Business World, September 14, 2017
By S.Y. Quraishi

It’s lonely on the ground
Indian Express, September 4, 2017
By Christophe Jaffrelot, Basim-U-Nissa

And the winner is Election Commission
Indian Express, August 10, 2017
By S.Y. Quraishi

Will the Modi Government Give the Election Commission More Power So It Is Fully Independent?
The Wire, July 7, 2017
By Vijaita Singh

Punjab election 2017: These 12 charts analyse the big wins and upsets
Scroll, March 23, 2017
By Gilles Verniers

Uttar Pradesh 2017: These 13 Charts Examine the BJP’s Surge in India’s Heartland
Scroll, March 23, 2017
By Gilles Verniers

Upper Hand for Upper Castes in House
Indian Express, March 20, 2017
By Gilles Verniers

The rise of the floating voter
Indian Express, March 13, 2017
By Gilles Verniers

The lawmakers we need
Indian Express, March 8, 2017
By Gilles Verniers and SY Quraishi

Rooting out Graft
Indian Express, December 13, 2016
By Christophe Jaffrelot, Basim-U-Nissa

Caste in question
Indian Express, June 25, 2016
By Gilles Verniers

Rise of the sophisticated voter
Indian Express, May 23, 2016
By Ashish Ranjan, Bhanu Joshi

A vote for development, change
Indian Express, May 18, 2016
By Ashish Ranjan, Neelanjan Sircar

After Bihar, politics seeks a new normal
The Hindu, December 4, 2015
By Neelanjan Sircar, Bhanu Joshi, Ashish Rajan, Gilles Verniers

Did mega-rallies really matter in the Bihar election?
Scroll, November 14, 2015
By Venkat Prasath, Gilles Verniers

How Modi surrendered Bihar
The Hindu, November 09, 2015
By Neelanjan Sircar, Bhanu Joshi, Ashish Ranjan

How the Grand Alliance swept Bihar: 18 charts that explain the electoral verdict
Scroll, November 09 2015
By Venkat Prasath, Rajkamal Singh, Gilles Verniers

Two charts and one graph show how the BJP’s scare tactics in Bihar cost it dear
Scroll, November 09 2015
By Gilles Verniers

How Bihar will shake out
The Hindu, November 06 2015
By Neelanjan Sircar, Bhanu Joshi, Ashish Ranjan

It’s not about caste or beef, but vikas
The Hindu, October 28 2015
By Ashish Ranjan, Bhanu Joshi, Neelanjan Sircar

A victory in Bihar won’t close the BJP’s Rajya Sabha logjam
Scroll, October 19 2015
By Venkat Prasath

Bihar polls: the shifting goalpost
The Hindu, October 07 2015
By Ashish Ranjan, Bhanu Joshhi, Neelanjan Sircar

Six charts that tell you what’s different about the New Delhi assembly
Scroll, February 12 2015
By Rajkamal Singh, Gilles Verniers, Neha Yadav

The AAP sweep: nine charts that explain the Delhi poll results
Scroll, February 11, 2015
By Gilles Verniers

[In numbers] Despite BJP’s assembly victories, road to Rajya Sabha majority is bumpy
Scroll, October 20, 2014
By Praveen Khangta, Gilles Verniers

[In numbers] Maharashtra voting trends show Shiv Sena has most to be worried about
Scroll, October 20, 2014
By Praveen Khangta, Gilles Verniers

[In numbers] The BJP’s rise in Haryana has been remarkable
Scroll, October 20, 2014
By Praveen Khangta, Gilles Verniers

How the Muzaffarnagar polarisation strategy paid off for the BJP ( and why it’s being used again)
Scroll, August 22, 2014
By Gilles Verniers

The roots of Goonda Raj: Why there’s so much violence in Uttar Pradesh
Scroll, June 7, 2014
By Gilles Verniers

Everything you need to know about Lok Sabha verdict 2014 explained in 40 charts
Scroll, June 6, 2014
By Gilles Verniers

UP politics 101: Understanding the most important state this election
Scroll, April 18, 2014
By Gilles Verniers