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As BJP plateaus in Bihar, Congress withers into a fringe outfit

Narendra Modi emphasises supremacy of party worker and organisation, sans family dominance, in his hour of triumph.   Addressing a...

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From dark Diwali to a lamp to fete jawans: 2020 different from 1962

Modi’s China policy and Pakistan’s admission of Pulwama devilment change the paradigm.   Fifty-eight years ago, India observed a Dark...

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Infantile disorder in ‘House of Elders’ takes sheen off well organised session

Bills passed, but Parliament fails to send out a message of unity in times of external, internal peril.   The...

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Hopefully all will be well as there will be no ‘well’ in this session

Written Answers to MPs will provide scope for future discussion; the heat of Question Hour shall be missed.    ...

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Sulk swells to growl and dissipates in a whimper

Palace revolt doesn’t scrape the Nehru-Gandhis.   The strategy to isolate the G-23 mutineers had been put in place a...

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Was Ayodhya unlocking a ‘balancing act’ for Shah Bano reversal?

Former Rajiv Gandhi aide Wajahat Habibullah’s book suggests Arun Nehru acted sans the then PM’s nod.   Was Prime Minister...

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Journey began in Meenakshipuram, Shah Bano sharpened the sensibility

Liberation from cultural subjugation hallmark of 5 August bhoomi pujan in Ayodhya.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sashtaang dandavat pranam...

Jaipur: Congress leader Ashok Gehlot addresses a press conference in Jaipur on Dec 11, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

Congress tiffs in Rajasthan: A peek into history

The putsch in Jaipur has laid bare the absence of a central authority in Congress.   While in his mid-30s,...

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Atmanirbhar weapons production plan put on anvil

PM Narendra Modi’s 28 June Mann Ki Baat sets the tone for corporatisation of ordnance factories.   New Delhi: A...

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Of sprawling Lutyens bungalows and the Family

The rent assigned for the bungalow is said to be Rs 37,000 per month, a rent at which apartments are...

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Sanjay Gandhi: The leader Sonia Congress chooses to forget

Looking back, the programmes of Sanjay Gandhi were not unreasonable.   New Delhi: Forty summers ago, on 23 June, an...

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Massive database on migrant labour will help bring reforms

At present only 15 urban centres account for 80% of the GDP. If employment is available in more urban centres...

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Vocal for local, with global reach

Paradigm shifting reform rolled out with an omnibus relief package; implementation is key. Appropriating catastrophe into probability, the Narendra Modi...

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Are we the people capable of fighting the corona pandemic?  

The impatience displayed in defying the lockdown is an ominous pointer.   The unruly scenes outside liquor shops across the...

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Vertical mobility of BJP

‘Who says there is no alternative to Congress? I see the alternative in the form of BJP,’ Chagla had said....

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Positivity in the time of tragedy

A leader’s prime task during crisis is to keep the peoples’ spirit high: Friday’s appeal, unleashing the power of positivity,...

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Political dynasties back in focus

A Punjabi adage, ‘haveli ki umra sau saal ’ is being cited for the present state of the political dynasty...

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To rejuvenate, Congress needs a Congress(R)

Unlike 1967, 1977 and 1988, dissent is limited to murmur; no one is standing up to bell the cat.  ...

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Lesson of Delhi: Nationalism alone cannot be electoral plank

The results in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand had shown that local issues matter in a state election. Will Bihar, which...

New Delhi: Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Rahul Gandhi, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja and Jharkhand Chief Minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Hemant Soren after a meeting of opposition pa

Congress becomes a bit player in state after state

There is ambiguity in Congress leadership. It has an acting and not and active president. On 15 January 1980, Indira...

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PM relies on ‘Bharat Club’ to restore buoyancy in a sagging economy

Protests over the citizenship law have come at a time when India’s biggest leverage—its economy—is facing deceleration, bringing Narendra Modi...

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Real Kashmir triumphs as a bumpy year ends

Amidst turmoil in the rest of the country a ray of hope emerges in the winter chill as troops are...

Mumbai: Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress combine public parade of their 162 supporting MLAs in a bid to disprove the claims of 170 legislators made by the Bharatiya Janata Party and its ally Ajit Pawar on Nov 25, 2019. Besides the enthusiasti

Man for all seasons: Pawar sets Maharashtra agenda on his terms

Sharad Pawar paved the way for NCP joining hands with Congress in 1999, 2004 and again in 2019.    ...

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RS is forum for checks and balances, not checkmates

Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s newspaper article published on the day Rajya Sabha held its 250th sitting on 18 November set...