STATE DIARY

  • State Diary: Mayawati, the Inside story August 21, 2008

    The year was 2001. I was attending Mayawati's press conference in Lucknow. Quite unlike her lavish PCs held these days, whenever out of power Mayawati used to invite journalists to her Mal Avenue residence (allotted in her name as a former chief minister of UP) where the conference used...
  • State Diary: Mayawati The inside story August 20, 2008

    What makes Mayawati so different from the political leaders of our times. Read on to find out. ...
  • UP state diary: The art of Akhilesh Das' chamchagiri May 12, 2008

    The exit of Akhilesh Das Gupta from the Congress might not cause severe damage to the party in Uttar Pradesh, but it has brought to fore the constant infighting in the party's UP unit. Congress high command at 10, Janpath either fails to realize the growing unrest among the...
  • State Diary: Demise of Indian hockey in Hindi heartland March 11, 2008

    For any reporter a Vox populi or voice of the people can be one of the easiest assignments ....When you are scrambling for news ideas every evening, a call from the assignment desk asking you to send a few voxpops (that's what they are called in journalistic parlance) next morning...
  • State Diary: Suddenly, all is not well in Modiland March 10, 2008

    A popular new government going through the motions after being voted to power; newlyelected MLAs and ministers still getting acquainted with the task ahead and the Opposition Congress smarting from a defeat that it did not expect Gujarat is today passing through that phase where politics is not on...