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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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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We, the common people, must ponder over a stimulating development and two thought provoking comments of the last week. Read more

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“You don’t have to put in any special effort; the trick lies in simply putting yourself, your family and your work before everything that the Nation needs from you. It’s not a new thing …. It’s been there for 65 years and now we are very close to achieving this wily aim. This happens to be the most successful silent destruction charter adopted by the citizens of India after independence.” Read more

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Dramatics, antics come naturally to former Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav. Discuss roads and his comment on ‘building Bihar roads as chikni (smooth) as Hema Malini’s cheeks’ becomes the metaphor. Read more

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The UPA government told Baba Ramdev to keep off Delhi for a fortnight. The BSP government told him to go to Delhi, if he so desired, via Haryana. The BJP government offered him full security in Uttarakhand. Read more

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Today I shared dais with the chairperson of the National Commission for Women Girija Vyas. Her words are still echoing, “Come and sit in the NCW office for a day. 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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