During the course of an interview that I was conducting with him some years ago, I remember actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha nearly jumped from his chair, electrified as I broke into Hindi. Read more

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What a state of flux Maharashtra’s politics seems to be in – I have always heard that there can be no permanent friends or enemies in politics but here, on the western shores of India, the dividing lines seem to be etched in acid with no room for crossovers. Read more

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For all that Narendra Modi invited leaders of SAARC nations to his swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi, just about two weeks later it seems no one is afraid of our new Prime Minister. Really. Read more

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I have already written a tribute to Gopinath Munde earlier this week in my Wednesday column (http://read.ht/fNj). This now is a salute to the Maharashtrian priests, who conducted the funeral rites, for the minimum fuss with which his oldest daughter Pankaja was allowed to light his funeral pyre. Read more

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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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Does anyone take Anna Hazare seriously anymore? 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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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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When there are no choices to make – or it is impossible to choose between two unsustainable options – I always prefer to root for the underdog. Read more

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Not very long ago, at the first election that came around after I had moved into my new home, my maid gave me an enduring lesson in opinion polls. Read more

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