I briefly met Bollywood star Salman Khan here in Lucknow. Initially he looked quite shy, unlike his celluloid image. As the guests in a crowded hall cheered him, girls offering him red roses, he stood tight-lipped. I prodded him to say something, even narrate some dialogue of his new film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, for whose promotion he was visiting the city. Read more

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The politicians will never campaign for merit in jobs or promotions because rarely do they get elected on merits. Many of them get elected because of the freebies they distribute in the form of goodies or promises. 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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Now that her five-year term is coming to an end Mayawati has stepped out of her secured and comfortable zone, gone to the people making announcements that she knows she can put into action only if voted back to power. Any other successor is bound to write off her decisions on his or her very first day in office. 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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Didn’t ten-year-old Aman sacrifice his life for the nation? After all he died due to heavily imposed traffic restrictions during Prime Minister’s visit to Kanpur. Isn’t protecting your leader’s life as sacred as protecting the nation! Read more

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It’s actually disgusting. Again and again I am being asked, “Why do you want quota? It’s a competitive world. So fight for your space in the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha too.” How? No one has the answer.

Agreed quota is not a solution to evils like social inequalities — of rights as well as opportunities. Read more

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It’s written on the wall. But only few want to read it.

Both the communities- the Hindus and the Muslims- have moved miles away from the emotive issue that had haunted them for over a decade. And this was quite evident on December 6, when instead of going into mourning the minority community spent the day as any other day on their calendar. Read more

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Isn’t it disgusting? The two Yadav chieftains of the Hindi heartland – Mulayam and Lalu- grew up in politics opposing the dynasty rule that Nehru had introduced in the country. They also played to their political galleries opposing 33 per cent quota for women in the Lok Sabha and the State assemblies. Read more

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