I must begin by disclosing my vested interest in writing this particular blog post. Some might call it a plug (which in a way it is) but I wished to familiarise a wider readership with Bal Thackeray and what he really was and meant to Bombay and Maharashtra – and that is why I wrote the book “Hindu Hriday Samrat : How the Shiv Sena changed Mumbai forever’’. 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 a party that continually accuses the Congress of a leadership crisis, it is a measure of the BJP’s own bankruptcy in that department that they should have no better leader than Narendra Modi to lead them in 2014. Read more

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A good friend of mine, who has watched Indian politics from the inner circles of more than one political party, once told me, “The nature of the people in this country is such that they never endorse anyone who openly expresses the desire to become the Prime Minister of India. Read more

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Sometimes, I despair for the Shiv Sena after Bal Thackeray. Many of the party’s leaders have learnt well from the Sena supremo but I believe it is high time those who have inherited Bal Thackeray’s party unlearn all that the Sena tiger taught them and chart thir own course, for that is the only road to survival. Read more

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“You used to be such a good girl! What’s happened to you in the last month or so?” Bal Thackeray once asked me sometime in the mid-1990s. Read more

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Yashwant Sinha had called the day a defining moment in Indian history. Read more

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Nagpur, Maharashtra’s winter capital, was ever a season of intrigues. Governments have been rather wary of holding the winter session of the legislature in Nagpur (which has just concluded this season) because more often than not it leads to a shake-up of some sort or the other, fells governments or at least puts one or the other chief minister in the dock. Read more

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Bal Thackeray, as I have said before, often reminds me of the good Queen in Alice in Wonderland who was wont to say, “Off with his head!” at the slightest pretext. Read more

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I may or may not agree with the Allahabad High Court’s verdict on Ayodhya but one thing I am very thankful for: the will power of governments both at the Centre and in the States this time round who made it clear that the verdict must be accepted with grace and that no violence or triumphalism by any side will be tolerated even for a minute. Read more

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