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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Arvind Kejriwal is brashly running a smart campaign. Does that sound like an oxymoron? Maybe, but vox pop has to be aired in the language the people speak. Read more

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A section of the media considers Narendra Modi’s speech at a gathering of ex-servicemen in Rewari as statesman-like. They are entitled to their views. My question: does one swallow make a summer? Read more

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The message from the Congress’s Jaipur convention wasn’t as much about Rahul Gandhi’s elevation – which was a long-due formality – as about the party’s bid to reach out to the increasingly restive urban middle class. Read more

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Rahul Gandhi would by now have realized that the standards opinion leaders, including the media sets for him are way stricter than those applied to the likes of Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal or even Narendra Modi. Read more

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Elections often leave behind abiding images such as those captured after the Congress’s stunning defeat in polls after the Emergency. Carried on the front page of a prominent English daily of the time, a photograph that said it all was of a dustbin stuffed with Congress posters with Indira’s face peering out. Read more

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Corruption did dominate the noisy electoral discourse in Uttarakhand. But it wasn’t as much about 2G, CWG, Anna Hazare’s Lokpal or chief minister BC Khanduri’s Lokyaukta praised by anti-graft activists. Read more

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The media is agog about a larger role for Rahul Gandhi in the Congress organisation. Why now; towards what objective? I’ve no ready answers. If the speculation isn’t without basis, I’d be surprised by the timing of the move. Read more

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I’ve never doubted the BJP’s patriotism. What’s suspect is the wisdom it deploys to pursue national interest it tends to see through the prism of Hindutva. Read more

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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

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