Narendra Modi

Modi should alter style, Rahul substance

News channels always face a ‘dharam sankat’ when Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi speak at…

A look at our netas’ 2016 resolutions

It’s that time of the year: The bells are ringing and carols are being sung.…

Poison in the Air

There is something toxic in the Delhi air. And no, its not just the deadly…

Modi, Bihar And Reforms

A year is an eternity in Indian politics: a year ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

Modi vs Sonia: A serious clash of personalities

In a wonderful television series on the great boxing fights, Joe Frazier is asked on…

Modi vs Nitish secularism debate: Both types are old stereotypes

It was a picture that perhaps best captured the angularities of Indian secularism: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien in a topi even as Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and vice-president Hamid Ansari preferred to be bare-headed. The occasion was an iftaar party organised by the Delhi chief minister. Perhaps Kejriwal and O’Brien (an Anglo-Indian from Kolkata) had taken their cue from Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who once said, “To run the country, you have to take everyone along … at times, you will have to wear a topi, at times a tilak.”

Modi@1: the fine line between arrogance and self confidence.

The only thing certain about Indian politics is its constant edge of uncertainty. If in…

Modi govt’s first annniversary:Expectations and reality

In an age where a film is declared a hit or a flop on the first weekend’s performance, politicians too are finding their ratings being judged in a compressed timeframe. Narendra Modi was elected prime minister for five years, but he has already had to go through a series of early tests: 100 days, 200 and then 300 days, now his impending first year anniversary have all become occasions for the media to rate his performance. It is almost as if he is facing a constant agni-pariksha.

It’s too early to consider Kejriwal as magnet for anti-BJP forces

Call it “tyranny of distance” or simply the nature of the Delhi-centric 24×7 “national” media, but a day after Arvind Kejriwal’s famous win, the BJP swept the local body elections in Assam — only there were no bold headlines or screaming breaking news to announce the results.

Delhi polls a ‘class war’ between ‘mufflerman’ and supreme leader

Just before the December 2013 Delhi elections, our housekeeper, who has been the mainstay of our home for over a decade, came with a special request. “Sir, I want to get a voter ID card,” she said enthusiastically. We managed the voter card and on election day, she turned to me triumphantly with her inked finger, “Humne jhadoo ko vote diya!” Now, over a year later, she is planning to vote again for AAP. It’s the same with the municipal worker who cleans the street near our home, the driver and the watchman.