On a day when Narendra Modi and the BJP decisively sweep the elections, I have hardly anything left to say except that I am truly stunned. I have not as much idea about states in other parts of the country to which I did not travel at these elections but I toured Maharashtra extensively and all my instincts rebel against the results – I and most of my colleagues who thought similarly are unable to fathom what went wrong for the Congress-NCP alliance. Read more

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Does anyone take Anna Hazare seriously anymore? 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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In both a good and a very bad week for the Indian Navy, I cannot help but recall my own night out on a ship as a defence correspondent for a wire service in Bombay. 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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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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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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Sharad Pawar is capable of a lot of things but lucidity and articulation in the English language is not one of them. Read more

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For the first time since film star Sanjay Dutt was in trouble with the law, I did not feel sorry for the man as reports filtered in that he had been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by the Supreme Court for the possession of illegal arms in a notified area during the 1993 Bombay blasts. Read more

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