The author is a senior journalist
Irrespective of the policy priorities of the next government, the economy will be the source of the biggest challenges.
In a scenario where the NDA is short of a clear majority, three leaders from the south will become important: Naveen Patnaik, Chandrashekhar Rao and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy
Rahul Gandhi may win in Wayanad, but Narendra Modi's BJP will win more seats in the north thanks to that.
Mastery of local issues, goodwill, oratory, lobbying and media savvy are now explicitly recognised as key political skills.
An alliance between Congress and AAP has fallen prey to egos on both sides, giving the BJP a big edge.
There is no doubt that IAF's air strike is pre-emptive, visible, more daring and more open than the 'Surgical Strike 1.0' that took place after the Uri attack in 2016.
Even as India reserves the right to secure its territory from attackers and terrorists, it is a lonely game in which it has to walk diplomatic tightropes all around.
The Rafale deal is nowhere near the murkiness of Bofors, but then, this is not same India. New era decisions will face newer questions.
Piyush Goyal has spun an accountant's trick to balance populism with fiscal prudence.
The Rafale ruling helped the BJP with the perception of the urban middle class, while the Sabarimala verdict may have opened up the South.
The deeper game of electoral chess will see community leaders play a major role in shaping alliances and coalitions.
Kamal Nath's comment on migrants would be naive at best and suicidal at worst for Congress
Low-level speeches shift the political discourse away from the legitimate differences on ideology and issues to one where the visibly crass lead the assumedly dumb into a democratic dystopia.
Garima Arora's achievement as a restauranteur is in the same league as India winning Olympic medals in sports.
The statue of Sardar Patel gives PM Narendra Modi an architectural marvel that stands for many things at once: Gujarati pride, ambition, tradition, novelty and creativity.