Our family friend VK Joshi posted a story on the Facebook the day media went crazy with stories emanating from Rampur – the disappearance of Azam Khan’s seven buffaloes from his farmhouse. 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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I can’t help but appreciate the attitude of Mayawati. Seven months after she quit the Chief Ministers post after losing 2012 elections to the Yadav family of Uttar Pradesh, she came out of her fortified bungalow as queen bee today to address a mammoth crowd. Read more

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I met Vivek Kumar, JNU professor in Social Sciences, long time back. I found him to be quite a reasonable guy with BSP leanings. Well, he has the freedom to follow any ideology, any leader. Read more

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At the very onset, I agree with the majority opinion that there is no reason to demonise or iconize politicians of today. But it goes on, sometimes in the name of state pride, sometimes in the name of caste or community. Read more

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When former UP chief minister Mayawati had gone berserk building parks and statutes, Khushwant Singh had written in his column that she would not have invited wrath had she built schools and hospitals and named them after Dalit icons. Read more

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A few months back, a senior BJP leader had confided how a political party had approached former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to field a weak candidate on the adjoining Mohanlalganj Lok Sabha seat. In lieu, they had offered to nominate a dummy candidate against him in Lucknow. Read more

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I was enraged by Rahul Gandhi’s comment that had described the hardworking people of Hindi heartland as ‘beggar’. But after a while I thought what was wrong in the statement? Not the intent at least. Read more

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A friend walked into my office yesterday lamenting about UP’s image outside the state. Read more

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The UPA government told Baba Ramdev to keep off Delhi for a fortnight. The BSP government told him to go to Delhi, if he so desired, via Haryana. The BJP government offered him full security in Uttarakhand. Read more

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