Remember Arvind Kejriwal? Here’s how AAP lost the national plot

By Shivam Vij

(This article first appeared in ThePrint on 25 December 2018.)

It seems like a long time ago when the AAP occupied the national political mindspace. Continue reading “Remember Arvind Kejriwal? Here’s how AAP lost the national plot”

In Punjab Face-Off, AAP Seems To Have Fallen Into A Congress Trap

(This article by me first appeared in HuffPost India on 18 April 2016.)

Did the Aam Aam Party yesterday fall into the trap of giving the Congress what it wants: moving the political discourse from everything else to the persona of Congress leader Amarinder Singh?

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Amarinder Is ‘Punjab Da Captain’ To Remind Voters Where Kejriwal Comes From

By Shivam Vij

(This article first appeared in HuffPost India on 11 April 2016.)

It’s a sketch of a blue turban, a yellow inner turban prominently revealing itself through it. The background is white; there is no face. It’s the logo of ‘Punjab da Captain’, Prashant Kishor’s campaign to project Congress leaders Amarinder Singh for the chief minister’s chair. The idea may seem obvious, but there’s more to those three words and the sketch than meets the eye.

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Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Kishor And Captain: The Making Of A Summer Blockbuster In Punjab

By Shivam Vij

(This article first appeared in HuffPost India on 21 January 2016.)

In some ways, it will be a battle of equals. The two people who changed how election campaigning is done in India, Prashant Kishor and Arvind Kejriwal, will be face to face in the Punjab assembly elections in early 2017. Continue reading “Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Kishor And Captain: The Making Of A Summer Blockbuster In Punjab”