People across the country are keenly watching the coming together of old political rivals Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar in Bihar. Despite the hugs and the handshakes in public, I really doubt if the rivalry is finally over. They have, more likely than not, simply come together for their very survival in the state’s politics after BJP blizzard left them struggling for some space. Read more

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What is wrong with the Aam Admi Party? The party, which was so charged up till their leader Arvind Kejriwal was contesting from Varanasi, has suddenly gone all quiet; at least one doesn’t hear the many noises it made almost daily on every burning issue. Is this how they are going to take forward their battle against corruption? Read more

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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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Mulayam Singh Yadav’s atrocious statement on ‘boys will be boys…’ followed by his Mumbai representative Abu Asim Azmi’s definition of Islam and women rightly enraged the country. Their own kin had to come forward to undo the damage done by what was rightly construed as defence of rapists. But perhaps it was too late. Read more

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Even the new entrant, the commoner among the veterans in the ensuing battlefield, also thinks the voters are a vulnerable lot with ephemeral memory. Read more

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That the Uttar Pradesh government bungled in handling Muzaffarnagar riots and subsequent rehabilitation goes without saying. Or else the state even after spending Rs. 100 crores on rehabilitation would not have got so much flak for inept handling of the situation. Unwarranted statements by senior politicians and officers further worsened its credibility. Read more

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When I went to the Pink City to lead the election coverage in Rajasthan, I was completely mesmerised by the colours of their attires – pagris, the lehangas and the chunris. The weather was also apt, and the place was overflowing with the tourists. Few seemed interested in the elections, barring the girl from London who wanted to know anything and everything about the polls — the caste card and the colourful campaigns. Read more

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An English magazine has aptly described both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi as ‘Corporate Leaders.’

As Modi hopped from one session to the other organised by India Inc (with Rahul making one appearance), I was really wondering who will decide the fate of their respective political party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Read more

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Chief minister designate Akhilesh Yadav was bang on when he had said the youth in the state were with him. “The crowds queuing outside the employment exchanges in the state tell us that youth is supporting us and not Rahul,” he said. Read more

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