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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For all that the BJP is now attacking Rahul Gandhi for `emotional attyachar’ over the invocation of his grandmother and father’s assassinations at election campaigns, they must then ask their own Gandhi scion, Varun Gandhi, son of Sanjay Gandhi, why he does the same whenever he campaigns in the remote areas of the country. Read more

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The one and only time that I have ever met superstar Amitabh Bachchan in my life – at the launch of a French perfume for men and women named after him, nearly a decade ago – I asked him what I had always wanted to know: why he had described politics as a cesspool when he was a member of parliament and why he had quit even before his term was over. Read more

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A year before the BJP came to power at the Centre in 1996, I recall getting into an argument with its patriarch LK Advani over what he described as the ’structure’ in Ayodhya. Read more

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh clearly thinks Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is his best minister. But many of his party men are not so easily convinced. Read more

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I am a journalist today because once I had wanted to be an IAS officer. I was falling short by a year on the age criteria when the thought first popped into my mind that I would like to contribute to nation building. Read more

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