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June 29, 2004

Diagnosis of the debacle
For the BJP to learn from the past, there has to be some spilling of blood.

June 23, 2004

The issue is not Modi
The Gujarat chief minister has become the symbol of a larger battle over the future of the BJP.

June 15, 2004

Is this Manmohan Singh's government?
'The issue is not the right of the Congress party to evolve its own procedures; at stake is the sanctity of institutions of government,' says Swapan Dasgupta.

June 7, 2004

Red alert for the Indian economy
Manmohan Singh's real problem is not Laloo Yadav or some other tainted ministers. It is the Left that has got the chance of a lifetime to play being Communists.

June 1, 2004

CMP: A document that is best ignored
'The CMP is a regressive, 1960s-style document that has the potential of blunting the competitive edge of India, reintroducing a high-cost economy with inbuilt inefficiencies, diluting national security.'

May 24, 2004

Thank you Sonia
'I thank Sonia for sparing every Indian patronising smiles and insufferable condescension... I thank Sonia for not painting us as a nation of Gunga Dins,' says Swapan Dasgupta.

May 18, 2004

Who gave the Left authority to dictate policy?
With the Left at the wheels of decision-making, the Opposition cannot afford to put off the fight for even a single day.

May 10, 2004

The spectacular exit of Justice V N Khare
'On the face of it, I don't think that former CJI Khare has enhanced the reputation of the institution he headed till last month. He may even have damaged it.'

May 04, 2004

The Exit Poll Turbulence
'A general election in a country as complex and varied as India is never easy to predict.'

April 27, 2004

Did the EC strike out your name?
'Lakhs of Indians were forcibly disenfranchised. Yet, have we heard one contrite statement from Nirvachan Sadan?'

April 22, 2004

BJP wary of tough choices
'The NDA has been dragged down by at least two percent by the anti-incumbency for the sitting MP,' feels Swapan Dasgupta.

March 29, 2004

Musharraf has learnt nothing, forgotten nothing
'Our perception of Pakistan is being moulded by an extra dose of self-censorship. We are digesting what is expedient and shutting out whatever is awkward.'

March 23, 2004

Democracy's biggest hurdle
'Democracy will always be messy. It is that mess that makes India shine. The EC is turning out to be the biggest hurdle in the popularisation of democracy.'

March 05, 2004

Election's Holy Cow
Let the EC be accountable. Let its job be defined as democracy' s facilitator not obstructer.'

February 23, 2004

Why should Muslims stick to ghettos?
'Muslim self-interest has been tied, not to better roads, better living conditions and better education, but to the triple talaq, to a hatred of Israel and America, and to holidays on Friday.'

February 17, 2004

Why did the Pak tour go ahead?
'Cancelling the tour would have been a grave setback to Musharraf. It would also have suggested within India that the Islamabad statement is hollow and non-binding. Sonia would have jumped at the opportunity to score points.'

February 13, 2004

Why is India silent about A Q Khan?
'It makes much more sense to work quietly with the US and Britain in the slow process of Pakistan's nuclear emasculation.'

February 3, 2004

Does fair journalism mean not saying sorry?
'Over the past few years, many Indian politicians have argued in private for a media audit that would curb tendentious fabrication of facts. It is an idea worth exploring.'

January 28, 2004

India Shining is not the real issue
India is shining in patches and the extent of feel-good is undeniably uneven. But that is not the real issue. What is crucial is: Are we on the right track?

January 20, 2004

The ruling party syndrome
'It is devoting a disproportionate amount of energy in doling out sops to every conceivable section in the spurious belief that these last-minute initiatives influence voting behaviour.'

January 05, 2004

Lessons from Islamabad
'Some blunt talking, a heavy dose of polite intransigence and sustained pressure, not appeasement, are the order of the day. To win the peace India must first let Pakistan know unambiguously that jihad is no longer a feasible alternative.'


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