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.

In the early 1990s, when I had made tracks to Paris to pursue a mid-career course for journalists, I discovered that my colleagues from Latin American, African and even t [Read more]

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A year ago, Rahul Gandhi seemed such a wayward child and Narendra Modi such a focused individual. Today the tables seem to have turned with the government seeming so wishy-washy and Rahul a determined man – determined, perhaps, not just to put the government in the dock but also to sideline those in the Congress who are resisting the changes he wants to bring into the party. [Read more]

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Some years ago, I was startled to receive a call from singer Abhijit’s publicist. In the days before the advent of social media he had been returning home after a dinner party at a posh south Bombay hotel when he came across a young girl being harassed/molested by a group of young men at a signal crossing at Churchgate. He stopped his car and took them on. Threatening to call the cops, he whisked the girl away from the danger zone and made sure she reached her destination safely.

Now he had been a Good Samaritan an [Read more]

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There are many advantages to being single – but there are several disadvantages, too, as I learnt after landing myself in hospital for three months, essentially because I drove myself sick without inhibition — there was no one to read the warning signals and alert me about where I was headed… I will share more about this trial with friends and readers once I am over the trauma of my illness (I am still in a fragile state of recovery but getting there sooner than I expected). [Read more]

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So Natha did really commit suicide this time! And everybody, including politicians and the television channels had their ‘Peepli Live’ moment. [Read more]

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