About Sujata Anandan

Sujata Anandan was brought to political reporting by an old-time editor, kicking and screaming. She soon began to have fun, though. Today that kicking and screaming is mostly directed at her — by the politicians she writes about, with rarely a good word for anyone (there could be exceptions).  But she is never meaner or nastier than the subjects themselves and so lives to see another day, every day. Otherwise, she enjoys her job as the Political Editor of the Mumbai edition of Hindustan Times.

….one might well ask. Does not a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Not when it comes to the Thackerays, however. They should actually spell their name as be T-h-a-k-r-e but then they will lose the unique colonial flavour to their name if they switched to the native spelling.

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Long before the Shiv Sena attempted to take ownership of Marathi food in Bombay, the vada-pau was a humble meal for workers and labourers –discovered, designed and manufactured by a private entrepreneur in Dadar, in the heart of the city. [Read more]

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Many years ago, when Sharad Pawar was chief minister of Maharashtra and Ramrao Adik his finance minister, one of their budgets had given much relief to the tobacco industry, including the cigarette and bidi companies. [Read more]

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I am by no yardstick a saffronist but I am with the late Bal Thackeray on this one.

Writing in my book ‘Hindu Hriday Samrat: How the Shiv Sena Changed Mumbai forever’ I had said that there were a lot of things that Thackeray said which one could never agree with. But there was no challenging the truth of some of his statements. Thackeray always avowed that he was not against the Abdul Hamids of this country, only against the Dawood Ibrahims. [Read more]

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Sometime in the 1990s when I was following Sharad Pawar on the campaign trail in search of an exclusive interview and he could not find the time, I decided to hang outside his door in obstinate determination not to leave until I had spoken to him. [Read more]

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