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May 29, 2003

The new war on corruption
'The investigation into the minister's PA case would never have gone far without the tacit consent of the powers that be.'

May 21, 2003

What more could Antony have done?
What happened in Marad was something carefully planned somewhere outside the state down to the last gory detail.

May 16, 2003

The CPI-M Old Guard is right
'You cannot reform Communism, it is a theology that must be accepted or rejected in its totality,' says T V R Shenoy.

May 7, 2003

India's unwanted guests
'I think we may as well face the fact that it is impossible to wield the broom on the one crore or so Bangladeshis who are already in India. All we can do now is to prevent any more useless mouths from entering.'

April 30, 2003

What is the alternative in Kerala?
'There is a history that goes a long way in explaining the action taken -- or not being taken -- against K Karunakaran. There is real danger that any such course will take on communal overtones, and thus boomerang on Sonia Gandhi herself.'

April 24, 2003

Legislators, do u read us?
'How long shall it be before the ordinary Indian citizen decides that Parliament has become totally unresponsive? And it is only a short step from 'unresponsive' to 'irrelevant'...'

April 16, 2003

Sonia's red-face in Kerala
'Sonia Gandhi's party was saved from embarrassment in Kerala by a single vote. But these triumphs do not necessarily translate into victories on the field.'

April 9, 2003

The struggle against venality
'In the midst of all the bad news, it is good to know that the highest in the land share our concerns about corruption in high places.'

April 3, 2003

On Iraq, be pro-Indian
'Self interest states that we shouldn't indulge in firing empty cannons of rhetoric either. That isn't being pro-Bush or anti-Saddam, but of being pro-Indian.'

March 26, 2003

The trial of George W Bush
'Many have compared this war unfavourably with the one fought under the aegis of the first President Bush. But the current incumbent of the White House stands the test quite well,'

March 18, 2003

Iraqi oil and the US war
'Everyone in Jordan is convinced Iraq's oil is drawing the world's greatest military power to the sands of Mesopotamia.'

March 12, 2003

Ever heard of R R Pramanik? No?
He had made precisely the same allegations about the Marxist leadership a month before the Samajwadi Party came up with its tape. Yet, his remarks were given short shrift, says T V R Shenoy.

March 5, 2003

Reading the results right
There is one glaring effect that stands out now the election results are in: the decline of the two principal 'national' parties.

February 25, 2003

Two seats, one district, one state
'None of the elections taking place on February 26 will shake the balance of power in the Lok Sabha. But they may just give us a glimpse of what the future holds for us,' asks T V R Shenoy.

February 20, 2003

Linking Rivers: Mirage or Reality?
'If linking river waters is such a good idea why has it never been discussed before?' asks T V R Shenoy.

February 14, 2003

Enough is enough!
'The illegal migrants must be identified, segregated, and then pushed back where they came from. India has enough problems of its own without having to take on Bangladesh's burden as well,' says T V R Shenoy.

January 29, 2003

Republic Day's best gift
'The privatisation of HPCL and BPCL is a step in the right direction. Let the government get out of areas which it had no business entering in the first place,' says T V R Shenoy.

January 21, 2003

Sonia's scapegoats
'Vilasrao Deshmukh is not the last victim. Ashok Gehlot is almost certainly going to be asked to put his head on the chopping block sooner or later...'.

January 15, 2003

Jai Politician?
Six of the 10 honoured at the Pravasi Bharatiya celebrations are connected to politics. With all due respect to this sextet, is politics really what India is renowned for, either at home or abroad?'

January 8, 2003

Why Surjeet loves Laloo Yadav
Comrade Surjeet knows the Third Front won't win too many seats; he is concentrating on winning power without winning the election, says T V R Shenoy

December 30, 2002

The new term of abuse
''Secularism' itself has become a term of abuse. Ten years ago, the BJP criticised only the "pseudo-secularists". Today, in Gujarat, "secularist" is an insult in itself.'

December 16, 2002

Modi's three-and-a-half allies
'Who were they? Step forward the Congress (I), the English media, the militants, and, last but not least that 'half' ally, the Election Commission.'

December 11, 2002

Terrorism must be fought, not appeased
'Everyone has been shying away from one simple truth: Veerappan is a terrorist. He is not a "bandit", or a "sandalwood smuggler", or even a "kidnapper."

December 3, 2002

Boy, be a soldier
'The US can get by for a while by hiring mercenaries -- Pakistanis, Kurds, or whoever. India may not be so lucky; if we need a sudden expansion of the armed forces, where shall we turn?'

November 27, 2002

Three tragedies with one act
'Three institutions have been damaged by a single decision.'

November 20, 2002

Musharraf, devil, and the deep sea
'It is a tough call for Pervez Musharraf: should he attract American wrath today, or that of his homegrown militants tomorrow?'

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