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

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

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

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

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

Advantage : BJP

The measured and strategic positions that the BJP has taken on various issues lately and for some time on some issues have now come full circle and as recent developments have shown, the BJP is looking more and more like the party you can trust to govern at the centre. Three developments in quick succession … Continue reading

Dividing to Rule.

The proposal by the Delhi CM to split up the Municipal Corporation of Delhi ostensibly to bring greater efficiency to the corruption ridden body has failed to answer some key questions and raised doubts about her intentions. Why would a Chief Minister who has always complained about multiplicity of authority in Delhi, now want some … Continue reading

Audio Post: Response to Ritwik’s comment on Kashmir

Audio Post: Response to Rahul’s Comment on Kashmir