The Uttar Pradesh government on November 18 allocated Rs 556 crore for toilets in state’s villages. Media was quick in linking it with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India campaign. Read more

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UP’s rumour mills have been in an overdrive ever since Amar Singh shared dais with Mulayam Singh Yadav at the inaugural ceremony of Janeshwar Mishra Park, the dream project of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, in the state capital. Read more

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Our family friend VK Joshi posted a story on the Facebook the day media went crazy with stories emanating from Rampur – the disappearance of Azam Khan’s seven buffaloes from his farmhouse. Read more

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At the very onset, I agree with the majority opinion that there is no reason to demonise or iconize politicians of today. But it goes on, sometimes in the name of state pride, sometimes in the name of caste or community. Read more

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A few years back, a senior journalist had done a story on ‘riots in Uttar Pradesh over power shortage’. Many of us had laughed at the report as UP had only witnessed communal riots so far. But it appears his words are coming true now. Read more

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Chote Lal Chaurasia, a retired UP government official, walked into my room the other day. He was brimming with excitement. He giggled, he laughed as he shared his experience of meeting Rahul Gandhi in Delhi recently. Read more

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A friend walked into my office yesterday lamenting about UP’s image outside the state. 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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This may come as a shocker. About 20,000 odd advocates in UP are high school pass. Of course, they have the ‘desired’ law degree, but a fake one. Read more

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As the world saw 500 helpless cops fight a lone and lean dacoit for full 50 hours in a village in Chitrakoot (does the name ring a bell. It’s mentioned in Ramayana), my friend Col Fasih Ahmed proudly shared his father’s exemplary feat– a close encounter with a dreaded brigand. A 35-km chase on a horseback, two shots fired and the  dacoit was lying at his feet, dead. Read more

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