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Why 2018 is critical for the Congress

NEW DELHI, Dec. 7 -- Defeat in sport can become a habit. In the 1980s, most teams lost to the great West Indian side even before they reached the pitch out of sheer fright. India's World Cup 1983 winn... Read More


Why 2018 is critical for the Congress

MUMBAI, Dec. 7 -- Defeat in sport can become a habit. In the 1980s, most teams lost to the great West Indian side even before they reached the pitch out of sheer fright. India's World Cup 1983 winning... Read More


More about the rural-urban divide

NEW DELHI, Nov. 23 -- In the age of T20 style elections - instant opinion, shoot and scoot polls and parachute reporting - it is increasingly difficult to confidently predict an Indian election outcom... Read More


Notebandi was a mistake, accept it

NEW DELHI, Nov. 9 -- For a government which has mastered the art of event marketing and management, there has been a markedly muted response to the second anniversary of its dramatic demonetisation an... Read More


The Gujarat model is under strain

NEW DELHI, Oct. 26 -- In the 70 mm cacophonic build up to the 2014 elections, a recurring theme was the hype around the so-called 'Gujarat model'. The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) narrative through ... Read More


Make or break time for the Congress

NEW DELHI, Oct. 12 -- For four years and a bit, every time there has been a major state election, the dominant narrative is to call it a "test" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. The trut... Read More


BJP should accept greater scrutiny

NEW DELHI, Sept. 28 -- Politics in the 24x7 media age is increasingly about perception management, which, in turn, is about constantly shaping the narrative on favourable terms. The UPA 2 government l... Read More