For a long time I had been stating that Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray would never join hands with Narendra Modi because in that move lay his destruction. I was trolled furiously by the saffron brigade who called me all sorts of names but now finally Raj has put the stamp on speculation by journalists for months – and I guess just the victory of the Aam Aadmi Party in New Delhi has not a little to do with it. Read more

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Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra’s deputy chief minister, not very long had said he thought you needed pugnacity and aggression to be a successful politician. Read more

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The Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena like to believe that the Mangeshkar sisters belong to them. In fact, not just belong to them – the Thackerays believe that they own these national assets. Read more

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When Maharashtra’s Home Minister R R Patil first mooted the transfer of Bombay’s police commissioner Arup Patnaik a day after some Muslim groups ran riot at the Azad Maidan on August 11, 2012, I am told, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told him, “If Patnaik goes, so do you”. Read more

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A friend posted a query on my Facebook account a couple of days ago: what deal did the Shiv Sena offer the BJP to agree not to press for the post of Mayor of Bombay? Read more

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Some years ago, there was a Congress minister in Maharashtra, destined for greater heights nationally, who was caught out with a famous Bollywood actress in a hotel room in Bombay. Read more

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It has taken ten long years, but Narendra Modi finally gets his comeuppance. And I am glad it comes out of the Gujarat high court rather than through cases shifted out of his home state which lends the judgment on the Lokayukta rather more credibility than it would otherwise have had. Read more

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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Socialist. Read more

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Speaking to a man in the know, the other week, I was rather amused to hear him describe the situation in the Nationalist Congress Party rather succinctly. Read more

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Writing in my column ‘anandan on Wednesday’ earlier this week, I had expressed concern that Maharashtra’s new Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan, might be a pushover for Ajit Pawar, Sharad Pawar’s nephew and the state’s new Deputy Chief Minister. Read more

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