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

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 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

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

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

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