POLITICS

Yogi's maiden budget

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Presenting Yogi government’s maiden budget, the State Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal focused on the poor, unemployed youth and farmers. The budget has earmarked Rs 55,781 crores for the new schemes..

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AAP’s Time UP?

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If 2015 was the year of ascendancy for the Aam Aadmi Party as it returned to power in Delhi with a thumping majority and winning 67 of the 70 seats in the Assembly, 2016 saw it make some critical mist..

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Broadly-MESSED

Broadly messed

When my Editor asked me to review the major achievements of the Information & Broadcasting ministry in the past three years, I was reluctant for the obvious reason that I couldn’t think of anything major the ministry had done. Rather, I recalled some controversies and some failures. However, after a chat with my edi...

Halley-Comet

Halley comet

As a politician, Nitin Gadkari certainly has the gift of the gab and has used his will at the cost of his political adversaries. As a member of Narendra Modi’s Union Cabinet, however, he has emerged as an administrator who also knows to walk his talk. So when he says that, “I will change my name if India is not a c...

Prime-Mover

Prime-mover

It has been customary. Every government presents its report card after completing every single year of its tenure in office. But THE Narendra Modi is different. He likes to do things differently. That is why, when it’s appraisal time for completion of its three years in office, instead of remaining contented with jus...

THE-UPPER-HAND

The upper hand

Riled by his government’s failure to ensure passage of reform legislation in the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has recently raised the issue of the “indirectly elected” members of the Upper House questioning the wisdom of the “directly elected” Lower House. “To what extent can the indirectly el...

TRUMPISM-HITS-A-SPEED-BREAKER

Trumpism - hits a speed-breaker

The planet we live in is amidst an unprecedented crisis of existence with the ‘capitalist mode of production’ crumbling everywhere the world over on the one hand, and a comatose official Left (read Leninist system of thought and practice). The desperation of honchos of capitalism after the collapse of neo-liberal f...

THE-SUN-AT-DUSK

The sun at dusk

I had not bargained for the aftermath of that phone call I made on a late evening in March 1994. It was as part of my newspaper assignment to then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. “Why do you wish to change the official language policy of the state government replacing Sanskrit with Urdu”, I asked, as an intrepi...

TIPU-THE-REBAL-SULTAN

Tipu the rebal sultan

A khilesh Yadav has come of age. For the past four-and-half years he had borne with an invariable smile the barb that Uttar Pradesh has four-and-half Chief Ministers, of whom he is only the ‘half’. The rest were father Mulayam Singh, uncles Ram Gopal and Shivpal and party strongman Azam Khan. Now all those ‘r...

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DURING my three decade old career in journalism, I have on different occasions seen Gerald Celente’s words coming true. Faces, contexts and meaning of power may be different but ultimately every middleman is born to fleece the public. They dupe the common man and benefit corporate and big industrial houses. They crea...

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THE residents of India’s financial capital Mumbai have seen it all from communal violence to bomb blasts and coordinated terror strikes. But that was quite some time ago and although there have been terror scares, Mumbaikars have been reasonably secure. Nevertheless, after the Uri attack and the army’s surgical st...

Yadav-Mahayudh

Yadav mahayudh

It was a balmy afternoon in 1998. Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had decided to pull off the biggest political coup by marrying his engineer son to Bihar’s ex-CM Lalu Yadav’s second daughter. But son Akhilesh had other plans. He was in love with young, petite Dimple - five years his junior ...

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