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December 16, 2004
BJP's Hindu Divided Family
'In many ways, the BJP's lot is similar to that of Mikhail Gorbachev. Both were consumed by the very change they wrought.'
May 19, 2004
Sonia's masterstroke
'She has turned down the prime ministership, not sworn off the party presidency. She and her children will focus on strengthening the organisation, returning it to its pre-eminent position in states where it lost out over the last 15 years.'
May 14, 2004
How did Sonia manage the near impossible?
'In the past the people have voted in alleged murderers, the corrupt, alleged rapists etc and we have accepted the verdict; in the face of the public mandate, should the mere fact of birth be held against Sonia Gandhi?' asks Managing Editor Saisuresh Sivaswamy.
May 12, 2004
Will the BJP turn its back on Vajpayee?
'A reduced mandate for the NDA will mean a weakening in the prime minister's bargaining capacity,' argues Managing Editor Saisuresh Sivaswamy.
April 26, 2004
A farce called democracy
What redressal does the Election Commission have for those citizens who, despite doing everything they are legally required to do in order to vote today, have been turned away?
April 15, 2004
Where is your Raj Dharma, Mr PM?
'In a 50,000-word document, the space given protection of minorities is barely 1,000. Does that say anything? Should it mean something?'
March 25, 2004
Can Sonia do a Sourav Ganguly?
'This is only the beginning. I suspect Sonia Gandhi is yet to play her real masterstroke.'
Febuary 26, 2004
Old enough to vote, not old enough to drink
'When an international hub like Mumbai starts to go on this stupid path, it is a cause of worry.'
Febuary 10, 2004
12 questions for Sonia
'What is your vision for India? How is it different from Prime Minister A B Vajpayee's vision?'
Febuary 04, 2004
Mumbai meri jaan
'I don't recall the apathy that met me at various turns when I was a newbie in this great city. But I remember with fondness, the lady who was caught in a web, and tried to break out to the best of her ability.'
January 14, 2004
Ambition was Hegde's undoing
'Of course politicians need to harbour ambition, but Hegde's fault was that he wore it on his sleeve.'
January 7, 2004
Doing the peace dance
'The traditional belief has been that only the army in Pakistan and the Hindu right in India can really make peace -- maybe it is the right time to put this to test.'
December 23, 2003
Vajpayee's TIATA factor
'Unlike with Congress prime ministers, the BJP and Vajpayee don't go around tomtoming that there is no alternative to them. In fact, their message is that There Is A Terrible Alternative.'
July 24, 2003
Do we need the Uniform Civil Code?
'When the truth about UCC is known, greater opposition will come from the BJP's traditional Hindu voters than from the minorities.'
July 3, 2003
Advantage: BJP/NDA
'If the NDA is re-elected, then the Congress might as well retire from electoral politics and become a social service organisation. Isn't that the role Mahatma Gandhi had envisaged for it post-1947?'
February 20, 2003
Ayodhya, ho-hum
'The Ayodhya issue retains its potency only so long as it is kept alive, not if it is solved. Its hitherto diminishing returns could be a thing of the past, with someone like Modi stoking it to the right degree,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.
January 18, 2003
Will Sonia do an Indira?
'Who knows, the selection of a Dalit as Maharashtra chief minister could be the long awaited sign that Sonia Gandhi means business this time,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.
December 16, 2002
The verdict and after
'The Hindutva genie has resurfaced. This time it will not go away in a hurry.'
September 11, 2002
After 9/11, the pressure is on Muslims
'9/11 has weakened the position of Indian Muslims vis--vis the State apparatus, for the terrorist attacks on America came at a time when the Hindu Right has gained ascendancy.'
September 3, 2002
Why the BJP should lose in Gujarat
'By allowing a discredited regime it to seek a fresh mandate so soon after the dance of death, the Bharatiya Janata Party has shown that is not just a party without compunctions, it is also a party without soul.'
July 3, 2002
Advani is the man to watch
'The BJP has virtually signaled who its prime ministerial candidate will be for the next election, more than two years away. That is enough time for Advani to appear to shed his image of a hardliner and cloak himself with acceptability.'
June 22, 2002
Kalam, Islam and Dr Rafiq Zakaria
'India needs more Muslims like Dr Kalam, who represent the awesome synthesis between culture and religion, who speak not as Muslims first but as Indians first and last.'
May 29, 2002
War of the Poseurs
'Perhaps Pakistan's talk of first-use is just bluster, as so much emanating from across the LoC seems to be. But what if it is not? Is the nation willing to gamble away millions of civilian lives in return for peace that will reflect the quiet of the graveyard?'
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