I don’t know if you have noticed but today, Friday 5 April, is the 14th day of Arvind Kejriwal’s indefinite fast. Kejriwal has lost 8.5 kilos and as a diabetic, his condition must give cause for concern. Read more

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These days, everybody uses numbers. Each week, crores of rupees are spent on advertising on television on the basis of TRPs. These are television ratings that are supposed to provide an indication of how many people watch each television programme. At the India Against Corruption rally, the leaders of the movement tell us that they have received overwhelming support – as much as over 90 per cent perhaps – from the people of India who have texted and mailed them to say that the movement should go political. Read more

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It is now commonplace to hear that the troubles that crippled this government last year were the consequence of a peculiarly Indian phenomenon: the economic rise of a politically impotent middle class. 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’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. When it comes to corruption and the public mood, this government – and perhaps the political class as a whole – just doesn’t get it. Read more

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The attack on Prashant Bhushan, apparently because of his support for a plebiscite in Kashmir, shows up some of the fault-lines within the Anna Hazare movement. Read more

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Is it my imagination or are television anchors becoming increasingly ambivalent in their attitudes to Anna Hazare and his movement? Read more

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Back when news TV first became a phenomenon, we heard many complaints about how the influence of TV would rob Indian politics of its gravitas. Read more

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On the self-evident grounds that you are probably as fed up as I am of hearing journalists hold forth on Anna Hazare and the middle-class awakening – and because this is supposed to be a media column – I thought I would take a break from the endless battle against corruption and the valiant efforts of Anna Hazare’s men and women to push their draft of the Lok Pal Bill through Parliament to focus on yet another middle-class awakening. Read more

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