Politics is all about imponderables. On Jan 19, 2013, the Congressmen clapped and cheered Rahul Gandhi after he was declared the vice president of the grand old party. They saw their future in him. A day later, his emotional speech made many literally cry. Read more

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Dramatics, antics come naturally to former Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav. Discuss roads and his comment on ‘building Bihar roads as chikni (smooth) as Hema Malini’s cheeks’ becomes the metaphor. Read more

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Why no one is bothered about migrants’ votes?
Though the candidates would want all communication and travel lines from Mumbai to Uttar Pradesh to remain open for the next few months to bring migrants home to cast their vote during the assembly elections, no effort is actually made by political parties or the Election Commission to engage them in the biggest democratic process in the country. Read more

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Corruption is the catchword in the country today. Many in the intelligentsia attribute heavy turnout in the ongoing polls to Anna Hazare, who turned corruption into a potent electoral issue. The mood is no different in the North of India. Read more

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When a whiff of freshness envelops the state and when dreams and aspirations deluge its people, we all know its New Year time. Read more

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As scams were tumbling out of cupboards in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and at the Centre, I noticed with glee that all was quite well in the Hindi heartland, at least in Bihar where Nitish Kumar’s development mantra triumphed in the recent elections. Read more

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It was quite a shocking scene. Three girls gyrating to Bollywood music on the streets of Bihar on the day (July 5) Opposition had waged a war against the UPA government on the burning public issue of Inflation. Read more

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After all the hugs and honeymoons in full public glare, has come the objection on a poster that shows them simply smiling with their hands locked in a handshake. Read more

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Yeh, it’s time for celebrations. Not because democracy has finally evolved. Not because people voted for stability. Not because coalition era is coming to an end, not because power brokers have been shown the door— et al.

The most heartening message for the country has come from the bhaiyaland. No grins please! The nation can’t march ahead till two of its largest and heavily populated states are pulling it back. Read more

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Soon after I became the Resident Editor of Hindustan Times in Lucknow in mid 2001, the Patna Women Journalists Association sent me an invite to visit their state. They wanted to felicitate me for becoming the first woman RE in bhaiyaland, infamous for rampant male chauvinism. As Bihar was under first woman chief minister’s rule they had also organised my tête-à-tête with her. Read more

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