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July 23, 2004

Has anyone read Priyamvada Birla's will?
'The media have been so dazzled by the fabled Birla riches that they have forgotten their duty to humbler readers.'

July 22, 2004

The Left's elaborate charade
'The Left Front is caught between the twin and occasionally contradictory compulsions of keeping the BJP out of power while simultaneously assuring its own voters that it hasn't lost its ideological edge.'

July 10, 2004

There is no substitute for vigilance
Sadly, the 91st Amendment may yet turn out to be just as flawed as the original Anti-Defection Act. A loophole has already been discovered by the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

July 1, 2004

Unanswered questions in the Ishrat Jahan case
Nobody is denying that there have been cases of false 'encounters' in India. But does that also mean that terrorism and political assassination are strangers to this country?

June 16, 2004

Can the Left think beyond Bengal?
Shibu Soren's proposal to move the headquarters of Coal India Limited from Kolkata to Ranchi has some merit despite the politics behind it.

June 3, 2004

Manmohan: The Mallu Connection
'People of Malayali origin are increasingly seen in the corridors of power, particularly where it counts most -- in and around the prime minister's office.'

May 26, 2004

Besmirching Manmohan's name
'Doesn't Mr Clean care anything for his image?'

May 17, 2004

An inauspicious beginning for Sonia
'She has begun badly by permitting her biggest supporter to spook the markets -- and that could be an omen of worse to come.'

May 7, 2004

The Third Front's midsummer daydream
'All the hopes and fancies of the Left Front are based on nothing more than exit polls and opinion polls.'

April 29, 2004

Why Sonia wants last word
'In the past, no Congressman cared if any BJP leader visited Kerala. It is a tribute to the BJP's growing strength even in the deep South that Sonia would rearrange her own schedule.'

April 20, 2004

Uneasy alliance for the Congress in AP
'The Congress, which has always claimed credit for the creation of Andhra Pradesh, is now arm-in-arm with a party whose sole aim is the formation of a separate Telangana.'

April 14, 2004

The writing on the poll wall
'I continue to believe that the Congress (I) and its allies shall do better than the opinion polls suggest. But does Sonia Gandhi appreciate the irony of the situation?'

April 7, 2004

Losing friends the Laloo way
'Both Mulayam Singh and Mayawati are making a determined bid to extend their influence from UP to Bihar.'

April 1, 2004

Will the Congress score a century?
'In the post-P V Narasimha Rao period, the Congress (I) began thinking of alliances. Today, under Sonia Gandhi, it would be counting its blessings if could reach the three-figure mark.'

March 25, 2004

Doordarshan's 'piracy' spoilt India's image
'India is already looked down upon because of its lackadaisical approach to IPR. Does anyone believe this piracy has helped the situation?'

March 18, 2004

Dynasty before development
'Kerala has 20% unemployment and many other problems, but the politicians are only interested in ensuring that their children get nominated for the elections.'

March 12, 2004

Sonia's south side story
'The Congress (I) may win more seats in AP and TN, but that would be of little avail should Sonia Gandhi's silliness see the party lose more seats in Karnataka and Kerala.'

March 3, 2004

Minorities enter political mainstream
'Is "India shining"? Well, if the herd mentality breaks up and every individual chooses which candidate is best suited to carry forward the process of development, we have made a start.'

February 27, 2004

Amethi or Bellary? What will Sonia choose?
'In theory, it is always open for the BJP, the Samajwadi Party, and the Bahujan Samaj Party to join hands against Sonia Gandhi.'

February 19, 2004

The card Sonia may play
'At a suitably timed point during the campaign, Sonia Gandhi shall announce that she is removing herself as a candidate for the prime ministership of India!'

February 14, 2004

Without regard for caste, creed or politics
'It does not offer the usual charity. What it does is try to upgrade skills of the local people so that the next generation has access to more opportunities.'

February 05, 2004

Why did Sonia sneak out of the back gate?
'Sonia Gandhi desperately needs to heal the rift between the Samajwadi Party and BSP. If she fails, the Congress may well be reduced to a two-digit total in the next Lok Sabha,' says T V R Shenoy.

January 29, 2004

What is Karunakaran up to?
'The rift between the Leader and his son, K Muraleedharan, is genuine enough; but if I have read the signs correctly, it is a case of sibling rivalry rather than a battle of the generations.'

January 23, 2004

Guess who's coming to dinner?
'Come January 30, and the nation shall be playing host to David Blunkett, Britain's home secretary, and Abdul Rahman Wahid, the former Indonesian president. Both men are blind, but that happens to be the least interesting thing about them.'

January 15, 2004

Succeeding Mr Lyngdoh
'I foresee problems if the government decides to supersede the sitting commissioners. At the very least, it will give the Opposition a chance to berate the Vajpayee ministry for its perceived bias.'

January 9, 2004

An early election, please!
'Hold the general election in March-April rather than run the risk of halting economic progress through delay and distraction.'


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