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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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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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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I have had a friend – a sort of buddy – for years and I never cared to find out what caste she might belong to. Her name told me nothing but when I first visited her home some years ago at the peak of one summer, I was stunned to discover how caste matters even today to even people in an urbanized metropolis. Read more

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I have been reporting on political events in the country for so long that I have noticed things always come full circle and the more they seem to change, the more they remain the same. Read more

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I had been to London a couple of years ago on invitation from the British Foreign office to study the situation with regard to their minorities and how they deal with the growing problem of Islamic terrorism. Read more

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