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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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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I hold no strong views on the respective merits of the competing lok pal bills. Perhaps Anna Hazare and gang are right and perhaps the government draft is useless. Read more

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Among all those who represent the BJP on television, there is nobody who is more articulate than Arun Jaitley. It helps that he is a politician of the television era who has found a new constituency in the viewers of the news channels. His critics say that he needs to fight a Lok Sabha election. But Jaitley’s supporters know that a TV news constituency is pan-Indian and, therefore, much larger than any parliamentary constituency. Read more

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