When my 17-year old said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati would have done well by donating her controversial currency notes garland to the poor, I realised how deep the controversy had gone. Read more
I don’t know why Pratibha Advani, BJP iron man L K Advani’s daughter, does not join politics. She is young, articulate and bright: all things which a politician should be. Add to that the fact that she is low key and understated; doesn’t pitch for herself; is grounded and visibly content playing her father’s daughter at home but being entirely on her own at work. She has, over the years, even while being with her father, built an identity of her own, away from politics. Read more
Actually no party wanted the women’s bill securing 33 percent seats in the lower House of Parliament and the state legislatures. There was resentment even within the Congress but none dared to speak.
The Opposition parties including the BJP and CPM while backing the government and promising it support secretly wanted to see a red faced Congress rather than triumphant women. Read more
I have written about Sachin Pilot earlier but that was in the context of his dad, Rajesh Pilot: an air force officer turned politician. Actually a milkman turned Air Force officer turned politician. His son, Sachin, took the last and ended up being a politician. Read more