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Prem Panicker

Prem Panicker -- senior editor and a member of the founding team at Rediff.com and former editor-in-chief Yahoo India. You can e-mail the author at prem.panicker@gmail.com

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Is There Really No Alternative To Modi?

Is There Really No Alternative To Modi?

Rediff.com4 days ago

'Are we so ready to believe that in this country whose virtues we constantly shout from the rooftops, there is no single person -- other than Modi -- in a minimum of 272 elected MPs with the talent and ability to lead this country?' asks Prem Panicker.

Can Modi Win A Simple Majority?

Can Modi Win A Simple Majority?

Rediff.com9 May 2024

2019 was the Bharatiya Janata Party's breakout year, when it stretched the boundaries of what was thought possible and ended up with 303 seats on its own steam. Now it is forced to play defence, on a pitch queered by too many variables, asserts Prem Panicker.

Has BJP Fallen In Congress Trap?

Has BJP Fallen In Congress Trap?

Rediff.com6 May 2024

On balance, RG contesting from Raebareli instead of Amethi isn't the masterstroke the party's adherents are touting it to be, but neither is it the blunder the BJP and its tame media is framing it as, points out Prem Panicker.

Modi Is Being Outnumbered And Out-Rallied

Modi Is Being Outnumbered And Out-Rallied

Rediff.com30 Apr 2024

This time Modi has no emotive message to take to the stump. Muscular nationalism doesn't work against the backdrop of China's successive inroads into Indian territory. Rising prices is a sore point that cuts across class and caste barriers; unprecedented levels of unemployment has the youth in a ferment. This has reduced the BJP campaign to a laundry list of recycled grievances and thinly veiled communal appeals, neither of which are working as well as they have in the past, argues Prem Panicker.

Modi's Edifice Complex

Modi's Edifice Complex

Rediff.com18 Apr 2024

To understand Modi, listen to what he does not say -- vide NRC, suggests Prem Panicker.

'Tied Test changed Australian cricket'

'Tied Test changed Australian cricket'

Rediff.com26 Sep 2020

'As a player, the biggest question you ask yourself is whether you are good enough to be on the same ground as Gavaskar, Dev, Border and company.'

They sit there, stoic, implacable, defiant

They sit there, stoic, implacable, defiant

Rediff.com2 Jan 2020

It is a sight that both warms and breaks the heart. The women of Shaheen Bagh seem oblivious of the cold, these women and their children, the latter ranging in age from 19 days to early teens, who have been occupying the road for over two weeks now. Some of them have not gone home for days, but their faces are clear, unlined by fatigue, their eyes bright and fierce as those of the falcon, shaheen, the area is named for.

RIP Gauri. We will not let you down

RIP Gauri. We will not let you down

Rediff.com7 Sep 2017

'That is what Gauri was, in her essence -- the principle of free, open, forthright words, made flesh.' 'And that is what was gunned down -- her words, and with them our freedom to fashion our own opinions, to frame our own thoughts, to articulate them without fear of reprisal.'

The Muhammad Ali tribute you MUST read!

The Muhammad Ali tribute you MUST read!

Rediff.com6 Jun 2016

'Every Ali obituary I read made the point that he 'transcended his sport' -- a reference to the many battles he fought with America even as he fought in America.' 'What the obituaries leave out is that Ali equally transcended the boundaries of geography and of information -- as witness the Chennai teen who assimilated that most mobile of fighters through still images shorn of context.'

It's time to fix the IPL!

It's time to fix the IPL!

Rediff.com30 May 2016

The IPL has produced more controversies in its short lifespan than any other sporting league in history.

Review: Azhar is a bland, badly-set souffl of Bollywood tropes without a soul

Review: Azhar is a bland, badly-set souffl of Bollywood tropes without a soul

Rediff.com13 May 2016

Who was Mohammad Azharuddin? More crucially, *what* was he? Those are precisely the questions that, as the end credits roll after 132 minutes of run-time, remain unanswered, feels Prem Panicker.

Why the hell was Harsha Bhogle axed?!

Why the hell was Harsha Bhogle axed?!

Rediff.com11 Apr 2016

'The BCCI is -- and always has been, across successive dispensations -- allergic to criticism.' 'It has used the 'control' it enshrines in its name to destroy anyone who has dared to point fingers at its functioning,' says Prem Panicker, the distinguished cricket writer.

Darren Sammy did not smile

Darren Sammy did not smile

Rediff.com4 Apr 2016

'He spoke to the fact that his West Indies -- a team that brings joy wherever it goes, the one team that plays with a carefree spirit in these days of carefully calibrated professionalism -- played this tournament enveloped in a world of hurt,' says Prem Panicker, the legendary cricket writer, reviewing the World T20 final.

Why Ponting should be banned

Why Ponting should be banned

Rediff.com8 Jan 2008

In the aftermath of the Sydney Test, Ricky Ponting has had much to say-- and the bulk of his statements constitute a defence of his own integrity.