An Open Letter to the Chief Election Commissioner

17th February, 2012 To Dr. S.Y. Quraishi                                                                                                                Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001 Tel: 011-23717391 Fax: 011-23713412   Dear Dr. Quraishi On 31st of December last year, just as the new year was taking over from the old, parts of a blog I had posted a few days before … Continue reading

Why Muslims must be appeased.

If you are wondering why the elections in UP are all about Muslims and the way they will vote, here’s a low down on why the Congress, the SP and BSP know what they are doing – and how Salman Rushdie is directly connected with the makings of a Muslim Pradesh. In the tacit approval of the Indian Government to … Continue reading

10 reasons why FDI in Retail is a bad idea.

The explosion of opinion on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment in the retail sector in India has confounded most of us with dubious data, incorrect analysis and obfuscatory lobbying. Time to set the record straight. 10 good reasons why it is a bad idea. FDI in retail is a non-critical area of intervention. Nobody in urban … Continue reading

The day after ANNA

Why the recent mobilisation of the youth and the country on corruption could end in a whimper if the correct lessons are not sought. And, how political reform and citizen engagement are the real solutions.   It has now been analyzed threadbare that what looked like a comprehensive outpouring of public sympathy for Anna Hazare’s … Continue reading

Sadbhavna – the fast, and the furious

It was mesmerizing to see how Narendra Modi turned his 3-day fast into a national event, outwitted the Congress and left Modi-baiters furious at what they called his attempt at image transformation. But since when has anyone got a right to deny a man his moment? The three day Sadhbhavna fast by Gujarat Chief Minister … Continue reading

Masala Post 2.0

This last month has been a smorgasbord of events, debacles, disasters, revelations, scams and even more scam mongering. This post tries to do justice. Trained to Kill Even as Trinamool Congress tastes power inWest Bengal, and the mercurial Mamta Bannerjee slides out of her Ministerial chair at Railway Bhavan, we notice the inauspicious start to … Continue reading

That emergency, and this.

 Just as we prepare to remember the 25th anniversary of the draconian event in free India’s history, a series of events and the government’s responses guided by 10 Janpath indicate what everyone always feared but never dared to suggest – the Emergency is back, it’s just in different colours. How do we commemorate what we … Continue reading

Baba Vs Black Sheep – Part 2

Did the Congress see Red when it saw saffron? Or is there more to hide, than seek from Switzerland? And, is this the first day of the last days of the Congress?  New Delhi, 5th June, 2011: The gloves are off, the fangs are bared. The Congress has finally come into its own. The surreptitious, … Continue reading

Congress, and the Culture of Corruption

The spate of corruption cases coming to light against Congressmen is an indicator of how deep the party has sunk into its own morass, but its violent rejection of the PAC report indicates that the Congress refuses to mend its ways even as its cancerous decent into disgrace continues unabated. It would make for an … Continue reading

The Lokpal Pill

Irrespective that the crusade by Anna Hazare was a result of circumstances created by the BJP and the collective opposition’s hard line on corruption under the UPA regime, the point remains that the Lokpal Bill is a bitter pill for the Congress to swallow. But looking at the mood of the nation, it will have … Continue reading