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Like father, like son; Rahul, Riteish choose polite path

India, May 15 -- Soon after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, then Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had told me how difficult they had found it to combat Narendra Modi's in-your-face, aggressi... Read More


It's impossible to beat Congress at its own game

India, May 8 -- Some years ago, a senior Congress general secretary narrated to me a story about Narayan Rane that had me in splits. He had been seeking an appointment with then party president Sonia... Read More


2019 Lok Sabha polls: Mumbai had its heart in the right place this election

India, April 30 -- As the heat and dust of the election settles in Maharashtra, I wonder why the BJP seems to have risked six seats in Mumbai for just one in Bhopal. I was stunned by the groundswell o... Read More


Enfants terribles of new India

India, April 24 -- Among the most prominent dynasties in the BJP - that of the Munde-Mahajan brothers-in-law - Rahul Mahajan, son of the late Pramod Mahajan, had desperately wanted a career in politic... Read More


The new enfants terribles of new India

India, April 24 -- Among the most prominent dynasties in the BJP - that of the Munde-Mahajan brothers-in-law - Rahul Mahajan, son of the late Pramod Mahajan, had desperately wanted a career in politic... Read More


When politicians become investigative reporters

India, April 16 -- I have always considered former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh the best investigative reporter in the country. People might recall how he chased the Rashtriya Swayams... Read More


Raj Thackeray reclaims Marathi space, BJP left fuming

India, April 9 -- The nation is down to such a sorry state due to the bullying and intimidation of one group of people by another that I never thought I would be tickled pink by one bully taking on an... Read More


Somaiya, a victim of his own ways?

MUMBAI , April 2 -- Here's an incident from mid-2017, which was reported by several local newspapers, including Hello Nashik, a city supplement of Lokmat. At the time when Chhagan Bhujbal was ... Read More


The Congress' fortunes could be changing

India, March 26 -- I was in New Delhi, hanging around at the residence of then Congress president Sitaram Kesari along with a couple of party hopefuls from then Bombay, when I received an enduring les... Read More


The Congress is outfoxed by friends and foes, again

MUMBAI , March 20 -- As the season of Aaya Rams and Gaya Rams begins, I cannot help but be amused by how the Congress always manages to get manipulated by the wily foxes in its midst. I also w... Read More