Why did Nitish Kumar walk out of the NDA? Three explanations have been offered. The first is Nitish’s own version. He says that he cannot be part of an alliance whose effective prime ministerial candidate is Narendra Modi, who Nitish regards as anti-Muslim and divisive. Read more

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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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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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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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“When you consider any generalisation about India, always remember that for any generalisation that is accurate, the exact opposite is equally true.” Read more

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I don’t know how many of you are old enough to remember the Mandal movement. If you are, then forgive me because you probably know most of this already. Read more

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One of my favourite characters in the American TV show 30 Rock is the ditzy star of the fictional TGS programme that the comedy is about. Shattered at being sidelined by a black comedian who becomes the programme’s new star, she looks for other avenues for her creative impulses. Read more

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