The Congress might seem like a laggard this century when it comes to the use of the social media for campaigning, but 30 years ago it was way ahead of the rest. 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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There are very few politicians that I admire. But among those I do, I was greatly disappointed the other day to hear one of them attribute West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s tantrums to her `singledom’. Read more

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President Pratibha Patil was always a Indira Gandhi loyalist. But, as far as I know (she was a family friend of a dear aunt’s), contrary to what Rajasthan ex-minister Amin Khan said recently, she never either cooked for Mrs Gandhi or washed dishes in her kitchen. Read more

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Sonia Gandhi’s first ever full-blown political rally was in Maharashtra – in the tribal district of Nandurbar. Sharad Pawar was astonished at the numbers the adivasis turned up in to hear Mrs Indira Gandhi’s daughter-in-law. Read more

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I was working for a wire service whole of the time that Rajiv Gandhi was Prime Minister and also when he died. Read more

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I was yet at college when Mrs Indira Gandhi split the Congress to form her own faction of the party. The Congress symbol of cow and calf, which until then had probably been very popular, got permanently frozen. She chose the ‘Hand’ instead. Read more

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Last week, I wrote about coming face to face with Mrs Indira Gandhi in Assam where my editor had sent me to cover elections in the early Eighties.

I was pitched headlong into the thick of real journalism (and, perhaps, real life as this story will reveal) by my then editor and meeting Mrs Gandhi was a bonus. Read more

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