How can you tell when a government is in crisis? There are the obvious ways, I suppose. You can tell that a government is in trouble when it is on the verge of losing its majority. When its coalition appears to be cracking up. When its MPs begin to revolt. And so on. Read more

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Many months ago Saif Ali Khan phoned and asked if we could meet to discuss a movie he was planning. I’ve known Saif for a long time largely because of my friendship with his parents, the elegant Sharmila Tagore and the late Tiger Pataudi, the classiest guy I have ever known. Plus, it helped that for many years we lived in the same building in Bombay. Read more

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Opinions will differ on the merits of Pranab Mukherjee’s budget. There will be those who will say that the finance minister has done the best job possible given how difficult the economic situation is. And there will be others who will argue that he has produced a pedestrian budget that is lacking in imagination. Read more

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Now that the Assembly elections are finally out of the way and we have had a few days to reflect on the results, here’s my take on the lessons that have emerged from this round of elections. Read more

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I don’t know if you have seen the Ides of March, George Clooney’s movie about an American primary campaign. But if you have any interest in politics, you should do yourself a favour and either see it in the cinema or get hold of the DVD. Read more

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