There are few Indian politicians as inscrutable as Sharad Pawar. The old political jungle saying in Mumbai is what 'Pawar thinks, what he says and what he does, are three entirely different things.' Which might explain why no one is still quite sure what was Mr Pawar's exact role in the high drama in Maharashtra in the last month. Was the Nationalist Congress party (NCP) leader really not aware of the negotiations that his nephew Ajit Pawar was having with the BJP? Or was he simply playing both sides of Maharashtra's high stakes poker politics to find out who would give him the best deal?

India Today brings you special political debate based Rajdeep Sardesai's book, '2019: How Modi Won India'. 2019 is a remarkable year in Indian politics, with Narendra Modi becoming the first Prime Minister since Indira Gandhi to win two successive parliamentary majorities. The year 2019 ends with another remarkable fact that Uddhav Thackeray has become the first Maharashtra chief minister from the Thackeray family with the support of Congress and NCP. What does 2019 means for the politics of India?

So here is the paradox of our times. Read the business pages, and there is a fair chance that you will get the impression of a Narendra Modi government on the ropes and an economy in serious trouble. Then, read the political pages and find that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) juggernaut is marching from one electoral success to another.

A curious election littered with many firsts is taking place in Maharashtra. A 49 year old Brahmin from Nagpur appears set to be re-elected for a second five year term in a Maratha-dominated polity. A 29 year old member of the Thackeray family is actually contesting an election. The BJP has pushed the original sons of the soil regional force, Shiv Sena to a secondary position in its long-standing alliance. The ageing Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra's tallest leader over nearly half a century, is fighting hard to keep his family, leave aside his party, together.

A hundred days and counting into the Modi government, whats the biggest difference between Modi 1.0 and Modi 2.0? The answer to that question doesn’t lie so much in the prime minister’s office but across the street in North Block. Where Modi’s first avatar had only one distinct power centre, we now have two. The rise of Amit Shah in his new role as home minister suggests that the Modi government has finally found room at the top for two.

In an impassioned speech in the Lok Sabha during the Article 370 debate, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor – who purely on his parliamentary skills should be Congress’s leader in the House instead of the bumbling Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary – warned that the step to remove special status for Jammu and Kashmir was the ‘political equivalent’ of demonetization (DeMo). At the time, the remarks appeared hyperbolic but on more careful examination, there are striking parallels between the manner in which Article 370 has been rendered ineffective and how Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes were de-monetised.

Neta Nagri, new political discussion series of the Lallantop, with senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. In this series we talk about major political events of India this week. In this episode Rajdeep discussed Amit Shah’s Kashmir policy. Uproar in parliament on Amit shah’s speech. America’s foreign secretary Mike Mike Pompeo’s India visit and tough talk on Pakistan specially on terrorism. Modi on Jharkhand mob lynching. Akash Vijayvargiya hitting municipal officer with a bat and Kailash Vijayvargiya’s response to a journalist on the incident. Mass resignation in Congress.

Saurabh Dwivedi talks to Rajdeep Sardesai in this new episode of neta Nagri. Saurabh and Rajdeep discuss union budget 2019, Narendra Modi's promises versus action. Hauz kaji dispute, how a mob vandalised a temple. Politics of AAP and BJP before Delhi assembly elections. Rahul Gandhi's plan for Congress, who will succeed him as Congress president and what's the basic fault in Rahul Gandhi resignation.

Prime minister Narendra Modi has a well deserved reputation for throwing up catchy phrases and acronyms. Which is why his economic policies have often been loosely branded as 'Modi-nomics'. And yet, now in his sixth year in power and as his government prepares for a seventh budget (including one interim budget), the question could well be asked: what really is Modinomics?

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