The Namonation of a PM

Now that Narendra Modi has been nominated as the BJP’s PM candidate, and of what will eventually be the NDA, there still remains the luxurious and infinitely pleasurable pursuit of trying to pick a bone with it.  I recount a TV anchor on a show, sometime back,  wagging his finger vigorously in my face asking … Continue reading

Elections 2014: What the opinion polls foretell.

Two forecasts for the 2014 general election indicate a denuded mandate for the Congress and an emphatic advantage for the BJP. Still, many would like to believe it has nothing to do with Modi.   Going by the spate of opinion polls about election outcomes one would believe that elections are already upon us. Going … Continue reading

The vote on FDI- the knaves have it!

The vote on FDI in retail in Parliament only showed us what we always knew – the knaves have it, the knaves have it! By the time it went to vote in the Lok Sabha, it had become clear that the public discourse on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail was compromised to such … Continue reading

Old whine, new battles!

 First there was the big bang theory, that held that a nation can be distracted from humongous corruption by reform-sounding economic steps. Close on its heels comes the second flanking move – a self congratulatory reshuffle which, bereft of a plausible plan, seems like old wine in new bottles. If the measure of popularity is … Continue reading

Coalgate: The Promise of a Toothache.

Solid grounds exist to implicate the Prime Minister of India in the bungling in the coal sector while he was Minister. Now, if only we would stop harping on the virtual loss and instead focus on the virtual absence of responsibility and control that the PM exhibited, we might just get the country to see … Continue reading

BJP and the price of difference.

In a season when the fruit should have been ready for the picking, how come everyone, including party members think that the BJP is not perceived as a natural alternative to the Congress? This post proposes that it might have to do with a self-inflicted wound – and asks the party to stop trying to … Continue reading

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A Municipaltry win. And the Congress crumbles.

The BJP wins the municipal polls in Delhi amid a general voter antipathy towards the Congress. But is it becoming a small fish specialist that misses landing the big catch? The reasons are there, if we’d care to turn the light inward. Now that the dust has settled over the municipal tally in Delhi, it … Continue reading

Aiming low and shooting ourselves in the foot.

A caustic look at what the BJP could have mustered, but could not. And some quick reasons why it did not turn out to script. Additionally, how we settled for the easy targets, failed the real test of UP and mucked up in Uttrakhand. While it may be completely justified for the BJP to take … Continue reading

The Puttar in Uttar Pradesh

In just one month of electioneering in UP, the Congress has all but revealed its expectations of the results in UP and in the process exposed its desperation, its delusion and finally its dejection in advance of the tally. This piece argues that the Congress’ unprecedented attacks on the EC are a result of acute … Continue reading