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Ajit Pawar, the proverbial Trojan Horse

India, Dec. 11 -- A few weeks before he passed away, former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had warned me that it would not be long before Ajit Pawar broke from his uncle Sharad Pawar and struck out ... Read More


Ajit Pawar, the proverbial Trojan Horse

India, Dec. 11 -- A few weeks before he passed away, former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had warned me that it would not be long before Ajit Pawar broke from his uncle Sharad Pawar and struck out ... Read More


A veritable wrestler in the political ring

India, Dec. 4 -- In the run-up to government formation in Maharashtra, there were rumours that there was intense pressure on Sharad Pawar to ally with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and form the gov... Read More


Uncle-nephews who held nation to ransom

India, Nov. 27 -- For long I have mulled over the fact that while maternal uncles (mamas) do not have a very savoury reputation in Indian mythology (Kansa, Shakuni, etc), modern-day politics, particul... Read More


Will Congress lose a God-sent opportunity?

India, Nov. 20 -- "We did not discuss government formation. We only discussed numbers," Sharad Pawar said after his talks with Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi. Decode that to read: They are forming the gov... Read More


Forget and forgive? Very unlikely!

India, Nov. 12 -- Amid the uncertainty over the formation of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra, I begin to be concerned about leaders like Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Shivendra... Read More


People's power versus political opportunism

Mumbai, Nov. 6 -- Indian democracy always has a manner of course correction that could be both unbelievable and uplifting. The Maharashtra Assembly election results have given us another glimpse into ... Read More


Analysis |?Sena or BJP: Who will blink first?

MUMBAI, Oct. 30 -- The Shiv Sena dropped a few seats from its 2014 tally so why are Shiv Sainiks so gung-ho about the results? The answer is already visible in the manner in which the party leaders a... Read More


Sena or BJP: Who will blink first?

MUMBAI, Oct. 30 -- The Shiv Sena dropped a few seats from its 2014 tally so why are Shiv Sainiks so gung-ho about the results? The answer is already visible in the manner in which the party leaders a... Read More


Sharad Pawar is still winning hearts

India, Oct. 23 -- Whatever the results of the Maharashtra elections tomorrow are, there is a clear winner - Sharad Pawar. At almost 79 years of age, Pawar has proved he remains the sole grassroots po... Read More