Virendra Kapoor

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Has BJP peaked already or does it suffer from neglect?

Despite Modi’s popularity, party needs regional leaders to win states.   The Modi-Shah BJP seems to have peaked already. Since...

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Muslim League, Sena burnish Congress secularism now

Dire consequences of Maha betrayal could wreck future coalitions at the Centre.     Notwithstanding the pretence, the entire secular-liberal...

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Maha coup denudes Congress of secularist pretensions

Wily old fox Sharad Pawar outsmarted by nephew and new Deputy CM Ajit.     Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. Well,...

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Flow of bad news on economy presages crippling slowdown

Induction of specialists in policymaking will help boost business sentiment.   Politics dominates the news cycle, as it always has....

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Staying out of RCEP will hurt economy in long run

PM Modi should not give China a free pass to world’s biggest trading bloc.   Bold and adventurist in domestic...

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No light at end of Kashmir tunnel anytime soon

Normalcy in valley was a chimera for decades, learn to live with it.     The European Union multiparty delegation...

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Humility would have served BJP’s cause better

Relatively good showing of Opposition despite the absence of the Gandhis.   It is one of those outcomes where the...

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It’s time for bold economic decisions

Swadeshi and statist mindsets will hold back economic reforms and growth.   Am I alone in thinking that the economy...

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Call for swadeshi not a hindrance to reform process

The government should think of freeing labour and land markets.     Let us concede at the outset that all...

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One-horse race in Haryana, Maharashtra

Six months after Lok Sabha defeat, Opposition still unable to get back on its feet.     Some elections are...

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Two PMs, two UN speeches, two different themes

Having stilled global response, time now for India to win peace in Kashmir.     Two Prime Ministers, two different...

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Ministers stake claim on PoK, rub salt in Pak wounds

Global opinion battle may have been won, restoring normalcy in Kashmir remains.   Kashmir is unlikely to dominate the news...

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Trying to create own RSS will not help Congress

Revival of Congress impossible without new leadership, new blood, new direction.     Haven’t heard of a more hare-brained idea...

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On J&K, crucial weeks ahead for government

Shah faces bigger test now than in securing nod of Parliament in deleting 370.   In hindsight, junking Article 370...

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Kejriwal’s desperation for votes is showing

Spree of freebies unlikely to turn into votes because people are not foolish.   Here is an old fable appropriate...

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Stop wailing and tell us how to resolve the Kashmir issue

There is little appreciation of Indian State for showing extraordinary patience.   In all the wailing and breast-beating over the...

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Courageous of PM to talk about wealth creators

His task is to rev up spluttering economic engine through reforms and incentives.   Belatedly, the message seems to be...

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Scrapping Article 370 had become inevitable

Despite Pak disavowal of war, it cannot be trusted not to create mischief in Valley.   In the end, you...

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Economic slowdown is unmistakable

Without fresh investment in private sector 7% growth difficult.   By all accounts, the economic situation is going to get...

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When Manmohan presented Sinha’s budget

To tell the truth, the budget that Yashwant Sinha prepared but Singh actually presented was dictated by the IMF-World Bank....

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Priyanka is ready, willing to replace Rahul as party boss

Despite Rahul’s reservations, Congress has no one else to fill the vacuum at the top.   Believe me, no other...

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Politicians, media silent on Rs 4,500 cr ‘scam’ allegation

The conspiracy of silence only spotlights the double standards of the media.     The new Leader of Opposition in...

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First Modi-2.0 Budget could have broken fresh ground

Nirmala Sitharaman could have been bolder in pushing the reform agenda.     Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman got the symbolism...

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Attacking voters is no way to regain political relevance

Congress leaders need to look themselves in the mirror to find out why they were rejected.   Probably on cue...