It’s now loud and clear that Narendra Modi’s the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. Doubts if any on that count were set at rest by the composition of the panel he presides for the party’s 2014 election campaign. Read more

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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

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Autobiographies that aren’t self-commendatory help chronicle history better. That’s the least top leaders and constitutional functionaries can do to empower public opinion or disabuse it of motivated propaganda. 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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Political parties talk the same lingo, dish out identical arguments and almost invariably cite political compulsions to explain graft and continuation of tainted leaders in high offices. Read more

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Lal Krishna Advani is an emotional man easily moved to tears. Some might consider that a personality flaw because leaders come across as weak while betraying emotions in public. Read more

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Chief Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas has indeed become an albatross around the UPA’s neck. Read more

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