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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I had heard it from many Congressmen on the campaign trail, including those as high up as Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan but dismissed it as a case of sour grapes. Now while travelling through parts of Gujarat, I have heard it from the common people, too – perhaps the lowest down on the rungs of the social ladder as they can get: the farmers of Gujarat. They are not connected but the complaint is the same: about a biased media this election season which simply, according to them, blanks out the other point of view and does not bring their stories to the rest of the world. Read more

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Contrary to what some politicians say, I do not believe the Sangh Parivar’s latest stress on Hindutva is a nine-day wonder that will disappear with the Kumbh Mela. I have reason to be convinced that it is a clever, well thought out strategy and that those who are propagating it know even as they call for the Ram temple in Ayodhya that the temple issue is a self-defeating goal. Read more

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