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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It’s very distressing to watch tainted leaders walking to the high court or even jail in a security ring. Thus when tainted Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav walked to the special CBI court, surrounded by black cat commandoes on Monday, I somehow thought the time had come for the government or the judiciary to take a call on that. 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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Congress leaders are not getting tired of making tall claims of completing their full five-year term at the Centre. Perhaps that’s the only achievement of the UPA government: that it can tom-tom in the coming polls. The public facing the brunt of skyrocketing prices are unlikely to buy any other achievement that the government would want to project. 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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The other day, I had a Union minister as my co-traveller on a Lucknow-bound flight. I was impressed to see his eating etiquettes. But soon the real ‘him’ came out when he called the airhostess, ‘Aie, Zara Pani to La’. Was it his rustic background? Or is it the disrespectful manner in which they, the politicians, often treat women? Read more

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After listening to the two Yadavs of Hindi heartland in the Lok Sabha, the demand for a constitutional right to recall elected members is bound to get louder. Read more

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A month back we saw countrywide demonstrations against corruption at high places. Now Anna Hazare is going on a fast to highlight the growing menace. Read more

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There is no reason to go euphoric over the arrest of rapist MLA or over the release of the rape victim. The real challenge lies now. Read more

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