Today when every politician is trying to grab primetime on major channels, Mayawati and her lieutenants are maintaining a safe distance. A few who hold the fort for them in debates and discussions are not party functionaries but activists or admirers. 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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First is the emergence of AAP – a product of civil uprising. Not a very accurate analogy, but reminds one of Arab Springs. Thankfully in India, which has Gandhi’s non-violence ingrained in its very DNA, the political revolution has come democratically. 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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Finally, the UP bureaucrats have found their voice. They could protest the unwarranted suspension of young lady bureaucrat Durga Shakti Nagpal by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav because she had taken on illegal mining by sand mafia. Read more

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On Wednesday, the day UPA 11 was celebrating completion of four years, Uttar Pradesh was hosting two ambitious conferences. One was on skill development and community colleges, jointly hosted by the British High Commission and the state government, the other was entrepreneurs’ summit addressed by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Read more

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What’s going on in the country? A cop gets killed in Kunda, cops bash up a woman in Punjab even as a tiny girl gets raped in Delhi. The law and order situation has nose-dived and some states, including Uttar Pradesh, are notoriously in the lead. 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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It’s disgusting.

Why woman leaders are silent when women are being subjected to such humiliating diktats? Why Sonia Gandhi, Sushma Swaraj and Mayawati do not understand that men who suffer from such steep gender biases can’t have respect for them too? They may be heading their political outfits but they are women who, according to many in their party, should not be treated as equals in society. Their silence is a crime today. Read more

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I can’t help but appreciate the attitude of Mayawati. Seven months after she quit the Chief Ministers post after losing 2012 elections to the Yadav family of Uttar Pradesh, she came out of her fortified bungalow as queen bee today to address a mammoth crowd. Read more

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