The Bharatiya Janata Party’s refusal to join debate in Parliament on the CAG report on what has come to be called Coalgate could prove to be a self defeating exercise in the longer run. Read more

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Anna Hazare has disbanded his Jan Lokpal Team. It’s the right step, in my view. You’d ask why? The veteran anti-graft fighter is perhaps the group’s sole member to have emerged unscathed from the futile battle. He must enter the political arena with a team unburdened by the weight of a failed movement. Read more

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Differences within Anna Hazare’s team and between some of his associates and Baba Ramdev are hardly a reason for the government to rejoice. One can question their tactics, not their resolve or persistence. Despite diminishing appeal, their credibility among sections of the population is higher than the ruling combine’s. Read more

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On weekends I have some fun on twitter and get in return a sense of the popular mood. So this Sunday when I tweeted in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s defense against charges hurled at him and some of his cabinet colleagues by “Team Anna”, the response was overwhelmingly negative. Read more

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Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption encore at Jantar Mantar was riddled with contradictions the mainstream media failed to catch. There’s a lot for which the UPA has to answer. 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 year 2012 will be the year of the Lokpal and a slew of other legislations to combat corruption. Politicos may not want it. But they’re destined to have it. Read more

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Having known Kiran Bedi for nearly three decades, I can put it down on an affidavit that she’s a person of high integrity. As a police officer, her bravery outshone some of her male peers at the prime of her career. Quite fresh in my mind are her 1978 images of single-handedly taking on a bunch of Akali swashbucklers with just a baton near India Gate. Read more

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Anna Hazare has gone on a maun vrat. In some ways, his decision to go silent is eloquent, come as it does after Prashant Bhushan’s controversial remarks on Kashmir that begot a violent right wing reaction. Read more

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Will the poll outcome in Hissar prove Team Anna’s ability to swing elections on the Jan Lokpal issue? That’s what Arvind Kejriwal would have one believe, moving around in a Toyota Fortuner and exhorting people to banish the Congress for its refusal to accept Anna’s version of the proposed law. Read more

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