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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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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It was 12 in the night and I was dead tired when I got a call from our family friend asking me to run a campaign in the newspaper to ‘Save Water’ during Holi festivities. I naively asked him, Why? He replied bluntly, “Perhaps we can’t send them water but we can certainly empathize with people dying of drought in Maharashtra.” I was touched. Read more

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Don’t we have enough problems in the country to invite some more? Again and again MNS leader Raj Thackeray is violating the Indian Constitution and getting away with that. Is there is a government in Maharashtra or India to check him. 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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As scams were tumbling out of cupboards in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and at the Centre, I noticed with glee that all was quite well in the Hindi heartland, at least in Bihar where Nitish Kumar’s development mantra triumphed in the recent elections. Read more

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I thought the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray knew about God and his magnanimity: that He transcends man-created regional, communal and linguistic issues. I thought before trying to recreate history, he had read some of it. Read more

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If Mumbai belongs to India then it also belongs to people from North, South and Maharashtra? This is what any ordinary Indian would say. But then politicians have always been ‘extraordinary’ as they are often cut off from the ground realities. Read more

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