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
So Natha did really commit suicide this time! And everybody, including politicians and the television channels had their ‘Peepli Live’ moment. Read more
….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.
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
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
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
Nearly a decade ago, I found myself appointed, out of the blue, to the advisory panel of the Censor Board. I did not known why I should have been there, I was no film critic nor a political affiliate of any group or party. Read more
I wonder how many people in India know that before Shakshi Maharaj who wants every Indian woman to produce four children and former RSS sarsanghchalak K Sudershan who had wanted us to produce five and remain barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen all our lives, there was a creature called Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania who had had the same idea about women in his own country? Read more
As the reconciliation talks between the Shiv Sena and the BJP got underway on Friday, my colleague Sayli Mankikar tweeted rather tongue-in-cheek – reporters hanging outside Matoshree with Odomos. Last time many of them had caught dengue! Read more
Writing on Children’s day, I cannot help but recall a childhood/teenage wish that will never be fulfilled, at least not in this life – I wish I had been born old enough to romance Jawaharlal Nehru. Read more