I was working for a wire service when Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. A few months later, I received a call from my editors in New Delhi: the Amethi seat was up for a by-election and Sonia Gandhi had decided she wanted to give it to Amitabh Bachchan. Her children were too young, she was not into politics (then) and she would rather it stayed with “family”. Read more

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Sharad Pawar is not new to verbal abuse. Before Bal Thackeray cosied up to him in recent times, he was wont to call the Maratha warlord the most colourful names. Among the more mentionable of them were `maidyancha pota ’ (a sack of flour) and a dog (I would rather not repeat the Marathi as that sounds worse). Read more

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I have said all I wanted to say about my reservations about the women’s reservation bill in my column anandan on Wednesday this week.

Like I said in the column, I am agnostic about the bill – I neither believe in it nor do I knock it. I simply doubt that it will help at all (help the common woman, that is). Read more

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I believe in trying everything at least once in my lifetime. So after a failed attempt some months ago to get on to Twitter (I forgot my password and could not get back in), I decided to determinedly try and try again (I had to get a new account, with a new e-mail I-d as Twitter only allows one account per I-d). Usually, I dismiss new-fangled things as generational and beyond my age. But with Shashi Tharoor and my own Editorial Director Vir Sanghvi such hits on Twitter, I thought I had no excuse but to learn how to use the medium (and, yes, I am an avid follower of both!). Read more

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