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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A few minutes before I started to pen my blog, a senior police officer telephoned me and said , ‘Rahul Baba is losing elections.’ Somehow I refused to believe him. How can Smriti Irani’s 30 days of campaigning and Narendra Modi’s 40-minute public rally in Amethi tear into Gandhis’ 28-years-long association with this area? The cop’s cryptic answer was , ‘This is what is called a wave.’ Read more

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I remember meeting Rahul Gandhi around mid- 2000 at a guest house in Amethi. It was a one-on-one informal sort of an interaction, which was not to be reported. After a one-hour long meeting, I came out wondering what Rahul Gandhi was actually running for – power or passion – as he had sounded less pragmatic and more philosophical. 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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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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It’s very distressing to watch tainted leaders walking to the high court or even jail in a security ring. Thus when tainted Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav walked to the special CBI court, surrounded by black cat commandoes on Monday, I somehow thought the time had come for the government or the judiciary to take a call on that. 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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The day the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi mooted a self-appraisal system for the state party leaders, I wondered what would be the parameters on which they would be judged. Read more

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The other day listening to a debate on the burning topic of Rahul versus Modi, I was aghast to hear a senior Muslim leader’s comment, “If I have to choose between development and deaths in elections, I will vote for the latter.” 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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