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Kerala politics

Pinarayi Vijayan: The McMarxist From Malabar

Ullekh NP

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala, a communist feared as well as admired, is a market-friendly pragmatist in power

Reading the Future in the Ashes of Thursday

A comrade who defies both biology and ideology in Kerala. The triumph of Kancheepuram kitsch in Tamil Nadu. The compelling subaltern-sandesh socialist in Bengal. A Modi wave on the Brahmaputra. And a Family that couldn't provide the sheltering shadow for a withered party...The summer thriller of 2016

Kerala: Red With a Dash of Saffron

The UDF has suffered a humiliating setback after a no-holds-barred campaign in which it was seen as aligning with communalists of all hues

Pinarayi Vijayan: The Politician Who Does Not Smile

In the run-up to the Assembly elections, will Pinarayi Vijayan’s ‘tough guy’ image be tough enough to outshine VS Achuthanandan’s charm

Kerala Assembly Elections 2016: Down the Beaten Path

The oldest warhorse, the crafty red don, a damaged chief minister and the spoiler in the fray. It’s between the predictable and the historical in Kerala

Assembly Elections 2016: Backlash or Backslap?

How the minority vote will make the most decisive difference in the coming Assembly polls

VS Achuthanandan: Comrade VSOP

What is it that makes VS Achuthanandan, Kerala’s most youthful politician at 92, the most popular Indian communist? Open  catches up with the relentless fighter as he prepares for another battle

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