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

Aam Aadmi goes to Party!

It might come as a jolt to prime time TV junkies who like their revolutions outsourced, but there are solid reasons why the newly constituted Aam Aadmi Party is destined to oblivion -and discover that electoral politics is no party!   As a fervent advocate of community action, I have witnessed with growing disappointment the … Continue reading

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

The CEC. And what you don’t see.

The Chief Election Commissioner of India has declared the dates for the assembly elections at the time and pace of the Congress’s choice. As evidence mounts that there is unusual synchronicity in the EC’s decisions and the CEC is looking like an extension of the CWC [Congress Working Committee] read how the Congress has co-opted the … Continue reading

Honesty Vs Dynasty

How a Gandhi-capped octogenarian is spinning webs around the Congress in a bid to squeeze out the poison of corruption from the system, and how the 150-year party recoils at the idea and how its leaders refuse to give up their old ways.   The UPA Government’s faux bravado and final capitulation in the face … 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

Baba Vs. the Black Sheep

 Baba Ramdev’s fast against corruption is riling the Congress high command even as it attempts to be seen as proactive on the issue. But now the Dayanidhi Maran revelations only proves what we always suspected – that the Congress has spawned a regime that protects, even encourages, black sheep. The events surrounding the spate of … 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

The Queen, the Pawn and King

Chief Minister Sheila Dixit of Delhi is showing signs of belligerence after the PM appointed Shunglu Committee indicted her and her government in the CWG scam. Now in an unprecedented move she has proposed the appointment of the state’s Chief Secretary as the state election commissioner. Is she nervous, or just playing for a draw. … Continue reading