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

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

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

It’s the economist, Stupid!

The Indian economy was held up as a beacon of hope in the time that the international crisis began but it looks like we have manufactured our very own crisis. This post argues that the Indian economy’s problems arise out of the Congress’ leadership dichotomy and a fanatical obsession with retaining power – even at the expense … 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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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 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