Smruti Koppikar
With the BJP falling way short of the majority mark on its own in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has a belligerent ally and a resurgent opposition waiting for him.
The stage is set for Aaditya Thackeray’s win from Worli unless the Nationalist Congress Party’s Suresh Mane, a veteran social activist, pulls off an upset. ( Photo: Hindustan Times)

Shiv Sena 3.0: Living on a prayer

10 min read . 16 Oct 2019
Over the past three decades, Sharad Pawar has become the symbol of Maharashtra’s co-operative political economy (Photo: PTI)

Game of thrones in co-op politics

9 min read . 29 Sep 2019
Across Mumbai’s by-lanes in Dharavi, Kurla, Koliwada, Bandra East and West where TikTok users abound, the members of Team 07 (in inset) are spoken of with the same reverence as film stars. ( Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
Raj Thackeray was deep in love with PM Modi and the “Gujarat model” through 2013-14. However, the unalloyed bhakt has turned a ferocious antagonist, a hard-hitting challenger

The sudden revival of Raj Thackeray

9 min read . 22 Apr 2019
Author Urmila Pawar. Photo: Pradip Das/The Indian Express Archive<br />

A brief history of the Dalit memoir

7 min read . 25 Apr 2015