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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The element of surprise wasn’t as much in elevations and new inductions in the council of ministers as in the allocation of portfolios in Sunday’s reshuffle. Read more

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The DMK’s A Raja’s belated exit from the Union Cabinet had me counting the number of Congressmen removed from positions of authority after the UPA captured power in 2004. A quick count subject to correction showed that half a dozen bigwigs have been forced into relative political wilderness. Read more

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“We feel Saudi Arabia, of course, has a long and close relationship with Pakistan. But that makes Saudi Arabia even a more of a valuable interlocutor for when we tell them about our experience, Saudi Arabia listens as somebody who is not in any way an enemy of Pakistan but a friend of Pakistan, therefore will listen with sympathy and concern to a matter of this nature.”

Can this statement of Shashi Tharoor during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Saudi Arabia be interpreted as invitation for third party intervention by Riyadh in Indo-Pak affairs? Read more

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I think that diplomats who talk like army generals after retirement do nothing but burden people with retrospectively acquired wonky wisdom. Such specimens feeding on popular fears are on display these days on numerous television channels and newspaper columns. Read more

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