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Drew Stommes
Doctoral student in Political Science at Yale. Interested in the politics of South Asia and Bengal, in particular.
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Drew Stommes Apr 23
Satyajit Ray’s “Pather Panchali” is a masterpiece that everyone should watch, even if you’ve got absolutely no interest in Bengal, India, or South Asia.
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Drew Stommes Apr 23
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Drew Stommes Apr 23
After two phases of relatively peaceful voting in West Bengal (key word: relatively), violence escalates in Murshidabad district during the third phase today.
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Drew Stommes Mar 30
My big takeaway: RSS had a Muslim front?
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Drew Stommes Mar 28
“Survey of journalists”... I wish someone working on India had infrastructure similar to that which used in the run up to the US midterms. It’d be fascinating to have deep dive surveys (of voters) in specific constituencies across India.
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Drew Stommes Mar 28
Replying to @StommesDrew
And as a result, the BJP doesn't necessarily face this demographic disadvantage in many other parts of the state. One can dig further into the sub-district level to get an even clearer picture. 2/2
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Drew Stommes Mar 28
On a related note: It's often said that the BJP faces an acute disadvantage in West Bengal due the state's large Muslim population. This elides the fact that most Bengali Muslims tend to be concentrated in a few districts - e.g. Malda and Murshidabad 1/2
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Drew Stommes Mar 27
Replying to @colincookman
They’re trying to contact you from outside the Matrix. Can’t think of any other possibility.
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Drew Stommes Mar 26
The speed and frequency of party-switching in India right now is dizzying, to say the least.
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Drew Stommes Mar 25
Replying to @StommesDrew
Trinamool gets in on the action less than a block away.
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Drew Stommes Mar 25
Replying to @StommesDrew
Another from the CPM:
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Drew Stommes Mar 24
A wall painting promoting a CPM Lok Sabha candidate (Ballygunge, Kolkata).
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Drew Stommes Mar 24
I glanced at this quite quickly and read “Muzaffarabad”, becoming very puzzled for a split second.
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Drew Stommes Mar 24
Replying to @StommesDrew
Workers are crucial for mobilizing voters. If a party’s organization isn’t at full strength or not completely enthused about the candidate, it’ll be tough sledding in an already uphill battle.
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Drew Stommes Mar 24
W Bengal: There’s discontent among local BJP workers and supporters regarding its candidates in Basirhat (see below) as well as in Coochbehar. I thought the BJP had a decent chance of making a good showing in the latter, but I’m less confident now.
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Amarnath Amarasingam Mar 24
Working on an op-ed arguing that while ISIS may have lost territory, it is far from being defeated. And that it will continue as an insurgency. I think it’s quite an original take. Don’t steal my idea, Twitter snakes.
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Drew Stommes Mar 24
It may be tempting to dismiss northeastern states as individually insignificant for the LS election, but in the aggregate, the region could prove quite important in a close contest.
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Drew Stommes Mar 24
Replying to @CChristineFair
Is it Tripura Castle in Shillong? If so, it looks wonderful. I've been getting into Tagore's literature/poetry (in Bangla) and lately have become even more fascinated by him and his works.
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Drew Stommes Mar 24
Replying to @vijaita @satyabarik
I haven’t followed this closely, but it’d be interesting to know whether other former security force personnel/officers have joined the BJP this election cycle. Certainly not unprecedented.
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Drew Stommes Mar 24
Hello followers: I’m planning a trip to a hill station or some other cool-weather location in India for a few days at the beginning of May. Any recommendations? There are so many options to choose from.
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