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Thursday , May 15, 2014

Time to usher in a new era in India's history


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The unanimity with which the exit polls have predicted the formation of an NDA government, leads one to believe that the actual seat tally will not be very different from the predictions. Even in a worst case scenario the BJP is expected to get 200 seats and in a best one, the figure might well touch 260. I have followed these elections very closely and my assessment of the seat tally for the BJP is in the range of 230. Here's the break up: UP 50; Bihar 22; Jharkhand 9; West Bengal and Orrisa 7; Assam and the North East 6; Himachal, Uttarakhand, J&K 8; MP and Chhattisgarh 30; Gujarat and Rajasthan 45; Maharashtra and Goa 20; Southern States 22; Delhi 5; Haryana and Punjab 6. The allies would bring in another 30 to 35 seats. This would mean that the party would barely need around MPs post that.....


Friday , April 18, 2014

Can Priyanka Gandhi enter politics without disowning Robert Vadra?


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With the Congress headed towards its worst ever performance, sooner than later, Rahul Gandhi will have to face the music. Already there was dissenting voices that have begun rooting for Priyanka to take over his position. The situation is going to get far worse after 16 May. In my opinion, Rahul Gandhi had two golden opportunities to change the course of these elections, both of which Sonia and he squandered rather effortlessly. The first was in July 2012 when Manmohan Singh could have been shifted to Rashrapati Bhawan. MMS's departure would have purged the government of the charges of non-performance and an in-control Pranab Mukherjee could have turned things around for the Congress. That was not to happen solely because the Gandhis were just too comfortable with a meek PM and did not want to risk losing their own comfort zone. A second opportunity was wasted when Rahul....


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The bankruptcy of compulsive Modi bashing


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As Modi appears set to become India's next premier, Modi-bashing seems to have entered a new zone. It is no longer about Modi being communal or his development model being a farce. Now, it is about him, the person. So while one set of propagandists never cease to assert how Modi is 'dangerous to the idea of India', the other set of die-hard Kejriwal supporters enjoy the delusional trip of "Modi being scared of Kejriwal". Needless to say, Modi's critics, flustered and hopeless as they stand today, don't realize that they are yet again contradicting themselves. I mean, if Modi is indeed so dangerous, why would he be scared of Kejriwal? Or are they suggesting that Kejriwal is more dangerous than Modi? Let me explain why Modi can't be dangerous for the country. I have mentioned in an earlier article how Modi had the option of either raking up....


Friday , February 21, 2014

Why a chai-wallah will make a good PM


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Come to think of it: most people live their entire lives in the same social strata in which they were born. A very select few are able to challenge the existing order and successfully make the transition to a higher social stature. For instance, the son of a tea-vendor in India would, at best, be expected to become a peon in a government office or a driver to a rich man or something else that won't alter his destiny significantly, forget the destiny of the nation. It is for this reason that the metamorphosis of a tea-vendor to a politician, to one of India's most successful CMs and to one of the world's most popular leaders, becomes so special. It is the vast trajectory involved in this journey that has fetched Modi a whole gamut of first-hand experiences which most politicians are ignorant of. It is often said....


Tuesday , January 21, 2014

Responsible Government more important than a semi-honest one


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After the near stampede at Arvind Kejriwal's janta darbar on January 11, this is the second time in less than 10 days when Kejriwal has put the lives of Delhiites at risk. Please note that this is the Republic Day week, when Delhi is on high alert. Moreover, it being the election year, the Capital is more vulnerable to terror attack. In this situation, for the CM to go on dharna against the police, exhort people to join in and manufacture chaos, is setting a very dangerous precedent. What I find more intriguing about Kejriwal are the motives behind his agitation. A Gandhian would not resort to this behaviour until all other options have been exhausted. Did Kejriwal meet the PM and demanded Shinde's resignation? He could have got 50 lakh letters from Delhiites supporting his demands; he could have convened a special session of the Delhi Assembly....


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I am an Aam Admi and I support Modi


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Dear Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Three years ago when Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption was at its peak, in my article titled, "Fight Smart to Fight Corruption", published in TOI's edit page on 25th April, 2011, I had strongly advised the team to consider floating a political party of its own. And I think I was among the first people to do so. Therefore, rest assured, principally, I quite like the idea of a new party comprising professionals from different spheres. It infuses more competition as well as accountability into our politics. However, having seen you in office for a fortnight now, I have to tell you I am deeply disappointed by your inability to grow beyond an activist. Moreover, your obsession with tokenism is of an irresponsible kind. Had the police not intervened and taken you away in the nick of time, the ill-managed janta durbar of yours last....


Thursday , January 02, 2014

Congress redundant; It's going to be BJP Vs AAP for the next few years


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For the last three and half months, ever since Narendra Modi was named as BJP's prime ministerial candidate, the Congress strategists knew that UPA's days in power were numbered. Hence they started working on a dual plan: one, defame Modi, whichever way possible and two, make Rahul Gandhi sound more aggressive in his speeches. While the first part of the plan didn't quite work, what with Modi's campaign being instrumental in BJP's spectacular show in the Assembly elections, the second part boomeranged completely with Rahul goofing up repeatedly. Moreover, the Congress rout in the recent Assembly elections only manifested their worst fears: UPA 3 now seemed impossible! With the Congress virtually resigned to lose the next LS election, the focus now shifted on how best Modi can be prevented from becoming the PM. In this scenario, ironical as it was, in Arvind Kejriwal, the Congress discovered the missile that....


Tuesday , August 27, 2013

The Food Security Bill has the obituary of India's growth story written on it


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I have two major reservations against the Rs 1,25,000 crore Food Security Bill and both are at the fundamental level. One, after the economic reforms initiated in 1991, the scheme takes us back by a few decades to the flawed socialism of the 1960s and 70s. Moreover, in the present crisis of sliding growth, widening current account deficit and the rupee free fall, is our economy equipped to handle this largesse without bearing its brunt? Two, the timing of the Bill is most opportunistic. With the present government certain to voted out, the execution of a scheme of this magnitude is bound to be messed up, leading to leakages and possibly another scam of gargantuan proportions. Besides the above, the Bill is largely flawed in its technical and logistical provisions, as is evident from the nearly 300 amendments mooted by the opposition parties. Thus, I have no....


Tuesday , August 13, 2013

Ahmedabad, Kishtwar and the Indian media


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On the morning after Eid a leading national newspaper carried a rather irresponsible and provocative report on its front page. The report alleged racial discrimination in a mall in Ahmedabad, where Muslims were supposedly charged for entering the mall. The report shied away from mentioning any corroborative evidence to support this. For instance, were people entering the mall asked to produce their I-cards on the basis of which this extra cess was levied? Were they asked their names and only Muslim names were asked to pay this cess? None of these seemed to have happened, which in effect meant that everybody entering the mall had to pay the extra cess. But the gross concoction in the story was such that it was capable of flaring up communal passions and vitiating the atmosphere of peace and bonhomie prevailing in the country over the weekend. My only question to the esteemed reporter....


Tuesday , July 30, 2013

Why 2014 will be a watershed moment in Indian history


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The CNN-IBN Election Tracker's findings last week came as a pleasant surprise for BJP supporters and well wishers across the country as it corroborated the public sentiment which you can sense the moment you step out and talk to the common man on the streets. The findings from UP were particularly heartening where a 33 per cent vote share and 30 plus seats have been predicted for the party. This, when elections seem at least 8 months away, even the candidates have not been declared and Modi hasn't made his presence in UP felt yet. Personally, I feel this is an election where the BJP tally in UP could go well up to 45-50. And mind you, polarisation will not be the only reason for it. Both the SP and BSP are faced with a major credibility crisis as they have supported the UPA through all its misdeeds. And....


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More about Tuhin A Sinha

Tuhin A Sinha is among the best-selling authors in India, a columnist and a screenwriter. Starting in 2006 with his first book, That Thing Called Love, an unconventional romance set in a Mumbai monsoon, Tuhin has written five novels. They include The Captain (formerly 22 Yards), Of Love And Politics, The Edge of Desire and The Edge Of Power. Tuhin is acknowledged among the most prolific Indian writers with a maverick knack to experiment with new genres. While his first book was an offbeat romance, The Captain was a cricket thriller that explored the underbelly of modern cricket. Of Love And Politics was a political thriller. His last two books which comprise the Edge series can be called socio-political thrillers with a strong feminist skew. Tuhin is a screenwriter of several popular TV shows, the most noteworthy being Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on Star Plus. Apart from his fiction novels and scripts, Tuhin is a keen political observer. His columns on Indian politics appear regularly in India’s leading dailies. Tuhin has a regular blog on ibnlive.com. He also appears frequently on news channels on discussions around politics and cricket.
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