All stories by N Suresh
Ajit Pawar stands alone politicallyRediff.com26 Nov 2019
By ditching his uncle, the towering Sharad Pawar, and taking his party to the verge of a split, has Ajit Pawar over-reached? asks N Suresh.
Once Congress' go-to man, Gurudas Kamat lost out in the endRediff.com22 Aug 2018
Once he towered over the Congress' Mumbai unit, its crucial link with New Delhi, but towards the end he became a nowhere man, says N Suresh.
Mr Modi, Mr Fadnavis: We Mumbaikars deserve betterRediff.com4 Jul 2018
'It is surprising Mumbaikars take it all in their stride, but it has nothing to do with the crappy spirit of Mumbai that television channels extol every time a tragedy hits us, but all to do with the compulsion of stepping out to earn one's daily roti and dal,' says N Suresh.
Dalits, Urban Maoists and a plot to kill the PMRediff.com14 Jun 2018
'Such a serious threat -- to assassinate the prime minister of India, no less -- was not handed over to the Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad for investigation, but to the Pune crime branch.' 'So much for seriousness in tackling such a grave issue,' says N Suresh.
Cross Devendra Fadnavis at your perilRediff.com11 Aug 2017
The Maharashtra CM is known to choose the right time to hit back at people he considers a threat, says N Suresh.
Why Maharashtra's farmers are upsetRediff.com6 Jun 2017
For the first time in the state's history, over 10,000 thousand farmers have gone on strike.
No surprises if the Sena-BJP form a post poll allianceRediff.com30 Jan 2017
'Nothing will change in the richest municipal corporation in the country.' 'New faces with the same surnames will get party tickets.' 'So the same order, the same money spending systems, will continue.'
Why the Maratha rallies have rattled politiciansRediff.com29 Sep 2016
'The participants and organisers have rejected their own political leadership and shown the door to leaders who have tried to claim power at these rallies.' 'Instead, the Maratha masses have reclaimed their power and stakes in the larger scheme of things.'
Mumbai's annual rain painRediff.com28 Jun 2016
'At the first sign of rain, Mumbai's infrastructure begins crumbling.' 'The monsoon is the true test of the durability and effectiveness of any system.' 'What most don't realise is that the city is dead,' mourns N Suresh.
Will the IPL verdict solve our drought problem?Rediff.com28 Apr 2016
'Why is a commercial venture being held responsible for a situation caused by mismanagement of the state?' asks N Suresh.
What did India achieve with Headley's deposition?Rediff.com19 Apr 2016
The deposition was meant to secure more information and revelations on the 26/11 terror attacks that would make India's case against Pakistan stronger. Instead, the internal conflicts within India's security establishment stood exposed.
Why an award-winning farmer is contemplating suicideRediff.com26 Jan 2016
'I am buried under a mountain of debt. Wheat at Rs 2 and rice at Rs 3 is killing farmers.' 'We are tired of telling the government to help. Now what you want me to do? Commit suicide?'
Murli Deora: A politician for all seasonsRediff.com24 Nov 2014
N Suresh pays tribute to a consummate politician who passed into the ages on Monday.
Why things can only get worse for the Shiv SenaRediff.com11 Nov 2014
The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashra Navnirman Sena deteriorated thanks to its own doing and absolute lack of vision. Now it seems it is only a matter of time before the Shiv Sena goes the same way. Both cousins will ensure they finish the 'Sena', says N Suresh.
How the Shiv Sena got its calculations horribly wrongRediff.com31 Oct 2014
By the next election, the Shiv Sena too may end up like Raj Thackeray's MNS.
How Modi became the face of BJP in MaharashtraRediff.com14 Oct 2014
With no state leaders worth projecting, the BJP is left with no option but to focus on Modi for the Maharashtra assembly poll and harp on the importance on smooth Centra-state relations, says N Suresh.
The sharp decline of the MNS and Raj ThackerayRediff.com29 Sep 2014
'Raj will have to do a lot more to win over the public and overcome the trust deficit. It is a lot of work and needs political patience, which can come with maturity and understanding. All of these seem to be lacking in the man.'
Why do our cities breed loneliness?Rediff.com16 Sep 2014
'The sense of urban loneliness is felt most in the modern residential complexes. To be in the neighbourhood does not make one a friendly neighbour, so while one may appear friendly does not mean one is a friend. I am alarmed at the rate at which we Indians have grown away from some old systems that were ingrained in our society,' says N Suresh.
Why have festivals gotten so commercial?Rediff.com4 Sep 2014
The people out on the streets dancing, and those who fall and get injured are from families that cannot afford to lose a day's wages, but often end up losing a limb or life, says N Suresh.
Paraskar case exposes nexus between police and politiciansRediff.com25 Aug 2014
The vicious politicisation of the police and a media that is biased due to management interference has started a dangerous trend. Society as a whole is left vulnerable, says N Suresh.
Why are rooms at Maharashtra Sadan out of bounds for ordinary people?Rediff.com2 Aug 2014
'By their actions, the Sena MPs diverted attention from the original issue that sub-standard food and services are offered at Maharashtra Sadan. It is disconcerting that the state's official guest house in the national capital has such poor standards,' says N Suresh.
Drought looms in Maharashtra; What the hell were the politicians doing?Rediff.com9 Jul 2014
'The government had six months to prepare for the contingency. When the government is forewarned, it needs to take a decision on contingency measures, evict villagers, provide them with alternate temporary shelter, accommodation, provide food, water, cattle stocks. But none of this is ever done,' says N Suresh.
Marathas, Muslims and Maharashtra's politics of reservationsRediff.com1 Jul 2014
'The problem lies in the popular perception that the Marathas are a rich, politically powerful and dominant caste in the state... The truth is different. The tragedy of this community is that only 137 Maratha families are the dominant players in state politics. The disparity is so wide, that the rest of the Maratha community isn't even half as rich, forget being powerful,' says N Suresh.
Why the Congress wants Prithviraj Chavan to stayRediff.com23 Jun 2014
The Maharashtra chief minister is here to stay for the time being, that's the message to party members. The Congress is in no hurry to replace him or rush into campaign mode, says N Suresh.
Dance bars are not Mumbai's only problemRediff.com17 Jun 2014
As home minister I would expect R R Patil to think of protecting women. He doesn't evoke a sense of pride and security. He is singularly obsessed with banning things, says N Suresh.
Remembering Maharashtra's formidable nomad, Gopinath MundeRediff.com5 Jun 2014
Gopinath Munde came up the hard way and never forgot his roots. Just when he seemed destined for bigger things, death snatched him away.
Prithviraj Chavan's troubles keep growingRediff.com4 Jun 2014
The Congress in Maharashtra is in disarray. Prithviraj Chavan tried to clean up the party and its image, but there is a lack of faith in him within the party and outside, says N Suresh.
How Munde missed a huge opportunityRediff.com27 May 2014
Gopinath Munde's laidback attitude and ambition for the Maharashtra chief minister's post has got him stuck on the periphery. His equations within the party and hierarchy -- mainly access to Modi -- needs to improve, feels N Suresh.
A debacle for the Congress and NCP in MaharashtraRediff.com16 May 2014
N Suresh on the factors that led to the rout of the ruling alliance and what lies ahead for the BJP, Shiv Sena, MNS and AAP in the state.