About Vinod Sharma

Political Editor Vinod Sharma has known Pakistan as a journalist and a peace activist for almost two decades. He reported out of Islamabad in the tense, often troublesome, early 1990s; watched A B Vajpayee visit Minar-e-Pakistan in 1999 and accompanied Indian MPs– including Lalu Yadav— on their 2003 peace mission to Pakistan. A year later, he led a delegation of Indian journalists to the Pakistani side of Kashmir. Sharma tracked the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto’s 2007 assassination through Pervez Musharraf’s fall and Asif Zardari’s elevation as President. His scarp book has cross-border tales of a civil society with which India can and must relate.

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A defeat in elections is always disheartening. But it’s no excuse to withdraw into a shell or come across as running away from responsibility. [Read more]

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Is there a political narrative to nuggets of information about the BJP’s post-electoral plans to change governors and dislodge precariously-perched regimes in Bihar, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand? [Read more]

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What’s common between the country’s foremost holy cities: Amritsar, Mathura and Varanasi? The Dickensian search for a life of quality, the over-riding urge to get past years of neglect and low existence. [Read more]

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The BJP expects Muslims to forget the past and move on. Perhaps they should. But has the party done enough to win their trust? [Read more]

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