POLITICS

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 ..

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Halleys-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..

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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

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

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 rebel 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...

Want to earn billions

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...

No ‘achhe din’ in maharashtra

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

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 ...

Right of appointment

India, the biggest democracy in the world is witnessing a fight over an issue that is older than democracy itself: Power. The power to appoint judges has now become a battle that has been fought over decades, with limited peace between bouts. India as on date has around three crore pending cases, 2.18 crore of which ar...

Gst - when politics triumphs

On the political chessboard, a check here and there doesn’t necessarily result in mate. Here moves are often so unpredictable that the political game never seems to end. Take the case of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), held up for months all because some party wanted to ensure the political benefit accrued to it ...

The enemy within

Some months ago, an Indian academic attending a seminar in Hong Kong was told by a Chinese academic, that if there was one country China would ‘love to teach a lesson to, that would be India’. He added that this also reflected China’s pragmatism: Taking on Japan which was covered by the US security umbrella, was ...