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A Modi vs Gadkari battle is a fantasy

MUMBAI, Feb. 15 -- Unless the BJP loses 100-plus seats, there's little chance of an alternative leadership emerging This month marks 25 years since I became a Mumbaikar in exile in the national capit... Read More


A Modi vs Gadkari battle is a fantasy

NEW DELHI, Feb. 15 -- This month marks 25 years since I became a Mumbaikar in exile in the national capital. In February 1994, as I was preparing to leave Mumbai for Delhi, a senior professional colle... Read More


The 2019 election game has begun

NEW DELHI, Feb. 1 -- This is the season for opinion polls with hyperventilating television anchors throwing a volley of numbers at dazed viewers with an authority that at times belies the spotty track... Read More


Mayawati's life is a compelling story

NEW DELHI, Jan. 18 -- One day, she will fulfil Babasaheb Ambedkar's dream!" claimed Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder Kanshi Ram, pointing to the woman who had just served us tea. We were at his offic... Read More


The race for PM isn't a done deal yet

NEW DELHI, Jan. 4 -- As the temperatures sharply dip in Delhi, the political heat is rising. With less than a hundred days to go before the Narendra Modi government seeks re-election, the signs of a c... Read More


The BJP must not be in denial mode

NEW DELHI, Dec. 21 -- In 2004, a few weeks before the general elections and a day after the Lucknow stampede in which 21 poor women were killed while collecting free saris, the then prime minister Ata... Read More


The BJP must not be in denial mode

MUMBAI, Dec. 21 -- In 2004, a few weeks before the general elections and a day after the Lucknow stampede in which 21 poor women were killed while collecting free saris, the then prime minister Atal B... Read More


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