Bal Thackeray is in the habit of referring to Suresh Kalmadi as a frog. Read more
This is not how Sharad Pawar would have liked himself to be regarded: with ridicule. In the last couple of days since he formally took over as president of the Internaional Cricket Council (ICC), starting from its CEO Malcolm Speed who cast doubts on his ability to administer cricket, most critics have been poking fun or seriously critiquing Pawar for his failures on other fronts as well. Read more
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
Sometime in December 2000, Sharad Pawar first announced his interest in cricket with the declaration that he would contest to the office of president of the Mumbai Cricket Association that year. But things were not going quite as he had planned. He had never lost an election before (barring one to the Congress presidency against Sitaram Kesri in 1997 – his defeat at the BCCi in 2004 was yet to come) and he did not want to lose this one now. He would rather he got elected unopposed. Read more