So, was it worth it for Sharad Pawar and the NCP to raise the banner of revolt? Though the media breathlessly suggested the imminent break-up of the UPA, the crisis ended not with a resignation but with the tiniest of whimpers. Read more

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How significant is the President of India – in political, rather than ceremonial, terms?

If you were to go by the tenure of the current incumbent: not very. Read more

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It is now almost an article of faith within the media that a) this is a very corrupt government and that b) its leaders lack the will or the inclination to fight corruption. Read more

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Viewers of TV news channels will have noticed a slightly surreal political drama unfolding on their screens over the last week. Read more

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It makes you wonder about the times we live in — and the country we live in — when the news that the Prime Minister is going to talk to five journalists is such a big deal that it makes page one of major newspapers and is a headline on TV news. Read more

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