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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On August 15, when the young generation across India was listening to lectures on the responsibility they have to shoulder to drive away the ills that have stayed on even after 66 years of Independence, two politicians were publicly fighting over unfurling the flag in Mussoorie in Uttarakhand. Read more

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Young India is rising. The tell-tale signs are there for all to see. And facing the heat, perhaps for the first time, are the politicians, who have blissfully remained oblivious of this fact that this young India has a voice — wanting to be heard, wanting answers that are logical and do not smack of politics. Read more

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After hearing the non-committal replies of two young leaders Akhilesh Yadav and Jayant Choudhary, I am convinced that our political system is too fragile to restrain khaps and their diktats. Read more

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Gandhi caps are back in vogue. Come October 2, many may want to be seen adorning it. Not the politicians, but the people and that too the younger ones. Suddenly, they find it smart, ‘a cool style statement’. Read more

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I repeat here what you all must have heard or read umpteen times. Caste and caste alone sells in Indian politics. Or else why do political parties scramble for political space on Ambedkar Jayanti while keeping Gandhi Jayanti a low-key affair? 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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Hindi heartland talks mafia lingo-  May 16 ke baad katle aam hoga.

Heard in the galleries of power the other day. Don’t get shocked by the lingo. This is how some of our candidates, who first picked up guns, then the pen to sign their nomination papers, speak in the Hindi heartland. Here’s the verbatim. Read more

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It happened over a decade back. But the words haunt me till date. “You convent educated, bob cut girls, what do you understand about Indian politics? Go and live in a village- amidst cows, dirt and dung, before asking me about elections.” Sharad Yadav said to me in a mocking tone. Read more

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