I have never been able to fathom quite what a wave is all about during elections in India. The last we heard of it was in 1984 but that was essentially a reaction to the assassination of Mrs Indira Gandhi. Since then no political party as been able to gain 350 seats in parliament and according to me less than that number is by no means a wave. Read more

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I never did think that I would write this in a political context but I never did like alpha males. Such aggressive males are okay in the context of the wild and the deep dark jungles – it is the survival of the fittest after all — but I do not think one suits the civilized context or even the Indian milieu. Read more

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For me an era truly passes with the passing away of Khushwant Singh. Read more

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Does anyone take Anna Hazare seriously anymore? Read more

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I am no supporter of Arvind Kejriwal but I must say in recent months he is the sole politician on the Indian scene to have had the courage to take on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Read more

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The Congress might seem like a laggard this century when it comes to the use of the social media for campaigning, but 30 years ago it was way ahead of the rest. Read more

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The current political discourse in the country today when everyone seems to believe this year’s general election is only between the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, brings me a sense of déjà vu. Read more

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It is a historical fact and long forgotten bit of history but then history has a way of repeating itself if we forget it, don’t they say? Friends are telling me that the 1960s are too far back in time and have no bearing on today’s situation but those who have lived through that era recall the similarities between the two movements and how the Shiv Sena had come as a breath of fresh air in the jaded post-Independence era as AAP has done so many decades later. Read more

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Twenty-one years ago this day– December 6, 1992– is etched in my memory with an acid pen. Read more

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For all that there is criticism about the manner of overkill in the media on the Tarun Tejpal case, I am glad that there is so much sharp focus on what most men in Tejpal’s position have got away with so far. Read more

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