I remember meeting Rahul Gandhi around mid- 2000 at a guest house in Amethi. It was a one-on-one informal sort of an interaction, which was not to be reported. After a one-hour long meeting, I came out wondering what Rahul Gandhi was actually running for – power or passion – as he had sounded less pragmatic and more philosophical. Read more

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The society is sharply divided over Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to go on a dharna as many think he has the coveted chair, just like journos have their pen, to raise issues and resolve them. Read more

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Today when every politician is trying to grab primetime on major channels, Mayawati and her lieutenants are maintaining a safe distance. A few who hold the fort for them in debates and discussions are not party functionaries but activists or admirers. Read more

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That the Uttar Pradesh government bungled in handling Muzaffarnagar riots and subsequent rehabilitation goes without saying. Or else the state even after spending Rs. 100 crores on rehabilitation would not have got so much flak for inept handling of the situation. Unwarranted statements by senior politicians and officers further worsened its credibility. Read more

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First is the emergence of AAP – a product of civil uprising. Not a very accurate analogy, but reminds one of Arab Springs. Thankfully in India, which has Gandhi’s non-violence ingrained in its very DNA, the political revolution has come democratically. Read more

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