UP’s rumour mills have been in an overdrive ever since Amar Singh shared dais with Mulayam Singh Yadav at the inaugural ceremony of Janeshwar Mishra Park, the dream project of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, in the state capital. Read more

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A few minutes before I started to pen my blog, a senior police officer telephoned me and said , ‘Rahul Baba is losing elections.’ Somehow I refused to believe him. How can Smriti Irani’s 30 days of campaigning and Narendra Modi’s 40-minute public rally in Amethi tear into Gandhis’ 28-years-long association with this area? The cop’s cryptic answer was , ‘This is what is called a wave.’ 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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It’s scary! The growing sense of insecurity is palpable amongst all. We can’t afford blasts and riots when the common man on the street is struggling to manage two square meals a day. But who is listening! Read more

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What a paradox! While the Congress leadership, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, are striving hard to build a vote base on the concrete foundation of their much touted welfare projects — food security and land acquisition bills — their party satraps in the poll bound states have no time to pen the party manifesto, though a month odd is left for the polling day. Read more

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It was merely 18 months back when the Samajwadi Party’s aspirational slogan ‘Umeed ki Cycle’ had wooed all the castes and communities in the state. They had come together to give the party a thumping majority which perhaps even Mulayam Singh Yadav, its founder, had never dreamt of. Read more

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Recently during my visit to Jaipur, I was shocked to see a front-page photograph in a Hindi daily of a government camp that showed women in their colourful attire queued up for a dole of a meager Rs 100. Read more

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Finally, the UP bureaucrats have found their voice. They could protest the unwarranted suspension of young lady bureaucrat Durga Shakti Nagpal by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav because she had taken on illegal mining by sand mafia. Read more

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On Wednesday, the day UPA 11 was celebrating completion of four years, Uttar Pradesh was hosting two ambitious conferences. One was on skill development and community colleges, jointly hosted by the British High Commission and the state government, the other was entrepreneurs’ summit addressed by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Read more

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