I do not know why there is so much fuss over telephone tapping. As a journalist, I came very early to the knowledge that there are certain sections of people whose phones are tapped as a matter of routine and that politicians and journalists are among the regulars. Read more

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For all the sleaze and slush and slime that I have encountered over the years as a political journalist, I must admit that last week’s relentless exposes vis-à-vis the Indian Premier League really took my breath away. Read more

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This is a story I have told to friends before on many occasions but now I feel the need to put it down in black and white.

When Atal Behari Vajpayee’s government fell by one vote in  1999, I asked Sharad Pawar, “Who do you think was responsible – Mayawati, Saifuddin Soz or Girdhar Gamang?’’ Read more

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My mother was frantic this week when I failed to make my usual morning call to her a day after the Dantewada massacres of CRPF jawans by Naxalites. Actually, I had an early morning meeting to attend and, in that rush, I switched off my phone and simply just forgot about it. When I switched it on again at lunchtime, there were so many furious messages asking me to call that it was now my turn to get into a panic. Read more

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I never believed much in former Prime Minister V P Singh – always blamed him for dividing the Indian social fabric. According to me we were cruising along quite nicely until he encouraged the protests that erupted during the period that caste reservations were lapsing constitutionally and then added fuel to the fire by dusting off the Mandal Commission recommendations. Read more

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