The 2014 elections aren’t merely about changing the government. The rhetoric ahead of the polls makes one believe that it’s an attempt at once to change historical narratives handed down to successive generation of Indians. Read more
The Congress should know poll outcomes can’t be changed by slapping bans on surveys. It must desist from meaningless controversies to recover, if at all, the ground it seems to have lost amid charges of graft, nepotism and bad governance. Read more
Regardless of whether Nitish Kumar’s gamble of parting company with the BJP in Bihar fails or succeeds, the Bihar chief minister has lent variety to the public discourse on Narendra Modi’s suitability as a candidate for the PM’s office.
If Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) and the Bharatiya Janata Party do indeed break their alliance, a rapprochement may not happen between the old allies even in the outside chance of Narendra Modi leading his party to a tally close to double hundred. Read more
The controversy over the CD involving former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan and his advocate-son Prashant Bhushan has raised many questions, one among them being whether due diligence by a journalist before using material received anonymously could be made the basis of a campaign of calumny. Read more
The upsurge in Kashmir is a cause for real concern. The political class must not see it as a partisan issue to clobber the UPA and the National Conference. Read more
An opinion piece I wrote in the Hindustan Times, on Lalu Yadav’s unblemished, secular track record and his utility for the Congress on that count has evoked a mixed response. It’s evident that regardless of whether one likes or hates him, one cannot ignore the RJD leader’s ready wit and rustic charms that make him the best political communicator in business.
Let’s talk this week about India and its awesome festival of democracy. For nearly a month now, airwaves on the Attari side of Indo-Pak border have been clogged with averments, claims and individual assertions by a Party A or a Coalition B of being fairer than its rivals. The UPA told us as to why it must be re-elected, the NDA dwelt on the imperative of change and the Left-inspired Third Front drove home its importance in a sudden death play-off. Certain pre-conditions and demands on which some bit—and better— players predicated their post-poll loyalties seemed outlandish. I read between the lines and squeezed some political meaning out of them. Here it goes… Read more