My friend walked into my home in a flurry on the Diwali day. Instead of festival hug and greetings, she said with excitement, ‘I have become a Modi fan’. Incidentally, she is a Muslim and wife of a retired colonel. The couple strangely had this weird idea of leaving India and settling somewhere abroad when the news about Narendra Modi’s crowning came after BJP’s spectacular victory in 2014 general election. Read more

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As many wives will take offense, I have a humble submission : Continue with your traditional fast but not for someone who has been a beast, even if he is your husband. Read more

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Some musings from poll bound Maharashtra where electioneering picked up after the erstwhile poll partners turned into arch rivals – may be only for about a fortnight- each vying to acquire the single largest party status that can take them closer to the throne.

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I heard Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s passionate speech to an equally emotionally charged audience at Madison Square Garden. As he talked about clean India, I wondered how he will make it a mission possible? Have a look at India’s financial capital Mumbai, where I am spending some time at present. There is no dearth of money here, yet it is so messy. If PM Modi can get this sorted out, I feel he can make any other part of India clean. Read more

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Where does the voter count in elections? Watching closely the Maharashtra political scenario, one can only say, ‘nowhere’.

Barely 22 days before Maharashtra goes to the polls, the two political groups were engaged in seat sharing talks. It’s not unusual for the political parties to bargain or bulldoze their way in seat sharing talks. Read more

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Perhaps it will be politically premature to read by-poll reverses as a comment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance, but it will certainly have a bearing on the upcoming assembly polls in the country. For the simple reason because elections in democratic India is as much a battle of perception as of poll management.
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I recently read two news reports that came as a big relief to someone who has gradually, over the years, fallen in love with UP, my adopted state. Read more

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi”s Independence day speech has triggered a debate in the urban circles of the country on whether the country’s premier should speak on mundane issues like hygiene, toilets and mothers putting a check on their errant sons. The overwhelming majority has reacted with why not?
In fact, many feel that Narendra Modi should have shown the guts to even touch the most serious issue of country’s growing population which no political party has dared  to touch after the rejection of  Sanjay Gandhi forced sterilisation in the country.
And now when he is planning to address students on Teacher’s Day, the same critics are questioning his ‘inclusive’ step. Jawaharlal Nehru had many political enemies bu they found nothing unusual when he related with children so well. Take President APJ Abdul Kalam who has a huge fan following amongst students.
It’s not Narendra Modi’s fault that many of his predecessors did not interact with the students. And if he wants to address them, then why oppose it – only because he is from a rival political party. Some school principals are finding the four pm time as impractical and that’s understandable too. Perhaps the PMO should have thought of pre- lunch or the morning assembly timings that would have suited the schools better.
The fact is as long as the prime minister is pursuing inclusiveness, there is no reason to be critical of his each and every move. The students should not only know the name of the country’s prime ministers but should have heard them also. The students can play a crucial role in achieving hygiene while understanding their social responsibilities.
Perhaps not many know that by constructing toilets you not only save women from every day humiliation but also from sexual assaults and stave off diseases by maintaining hygiene levels.
To me it is immaterial whether we call September 5 as Teacher’s Day or Guru Utsav.
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The by-polls in states held after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections have sent two clear messages.
First one is to the Bhartiya Janata Party. The by-polls results, beginning with Uttarakhand, have punctured the euphoria created by the party’s landslide victory across the country. Read more

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People across the country are keenly watching the coming together of old political rivals Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar in Bihar. Despite the hugs and the handshakes in public, I really doubt if the rivalry is finally over. They have, more likely than not, simply come together for their very survival in the state’s politics after BJP blizzard left them struggling for some space. Read more

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