All stories by Praful Bidwai
Praful Bidwai's final column: Why covert ops are wrongRediff.com25 Jun 2015
In his last column for Rediff.com, Praful Bidwai joins issues with those lauding India's covert operation against Naga rebels based in Myanmarese territory.
Why the Parivar wants Dr AmbedkarRediff.com30 Apr 2015
'The Parivar's ideology and politics was and remains the very opposite of what Dr Ambedkar stood for.'
Rahul follows a weird political calculusRediff.com23 Feb 2015
'He is anything but astute or charismatic. He believes the Congress can win elections without alliances in the Hindi heartland.'
Modi Magic won Maharashtra and Haryana? Naah!Rediff.com30 Oct 2014
'Anti-incumbency, especially in Maharashtra; the BJP's success in creating a new social coalition; and the sheer force of the party's campaign which overwhelmed its opponents,' argues Praful Bidwai, brought the BJP victory in Haryana and Maharashtra, not the Modi effect.
Why is the PM silent on the Sangh Parivar's 'love jihad' campaign?Rediff.com5 Sep 2014
'If the BJP wants to build a minimally inclusive and secure society, in which vulnerable groups and religious minorities don't feel persecuted, then the Sangh Parivar, the party and its government must change their ways. Or else, they risk dividing India further -- violently and irreparably -- for narrow political ends,' argues Praful Bidwai.
Modi's BJP is not invincibleRediff.com1 Sep 2014
'The BJP suddenly seems vulnerable. This is not entirely surprising. In the past too, governments and leaders who won a thumping Lok Sabha majority lost popularity in a matter of months... The by-polls results shows that a degree of disenchantment with the Modi government is setting in,' says Praful Bidwai.
Modi's two big mistakesRediff.com22 Aug 2014
'Both reflect prejudice and short-sightedness peculiar to Mr Modi's way of thinking.'
Why Natwar Singh's 'disclosures' sound hollowRediff.com11 Aug 2014
Natwar Singh's book is un-illuminating, largely self-justificatory, often contradictory, and at times tendentious. He is too preoccupied with depicting himself as a victim of the Congress party's machinations, says Praful Bidwai.
How the government is smothering dissident NGOsRediff.com20 Jun 2014
Muzzling NGOs is unbecoming of a democracy. Self-confident democracies encourage, indeed applaud, the involvement of citizens' associations, including NGOs, in social and political decision-making and development planning. Instead, our paranoid government bullies and terrorises them, says Praful Bidwai.
Modi's ministry bears indelible impress of a single personRediff.com30 May 2014
Narendra Modi's victory does not represent a victory of 'the Indian nation', but only an elite-driven polarising phenomenon. The sooner we -- and the BJP -- recognise this, the better, says Praful Bidwai.
How the media whitewashes Narendra ModiRediff.com8 May 2014
Modi today needs BJP CMs and non-party regional leaders to win votes and build alliances, but he will over-rule them and treat them like dirt once they have served their electoral purpose. Make no mistake: Modi is incurably authoritarian and will brook no dissent -- so long as the RSS is on board, says Praful Bidwai.
Not fielding Priyanka against Modi is a blunderRediff.com24 Apr 2014
As Narendra Modi files his nomination in Varanasi, Praful Bidwai believes 'a straight contest against Priyanka would have put Modi on the defensive and forced him to concentrate on Varanasi.'
Why Kejriwal can dent Modi's campaignRediff.com26 Mar 2014
'AAP's real value must be measured not by the number of Lok Sabha seats it wins in the election -- which may not exceed 10 or 15 -- and not even by the number of votes it takes from the BJP, but by its ability to deflate Modi's superhuman '56-inch chest' image and the charisma so assiduously manufactured around him by the corporate-controlled media.'
Can AAP stop Modi?Rediff.com18 Mar 2014
Even a 6 percent vote-share would make AAP an important player on the national scene. The key lies in strategically concentrating AAP's vote, especially in the cities, so that it can break Narendra Modi's momentum, besides defeating an already weak Congress, says Praful Bidwai.
The last legal word on Modi's culpability has not been pronouncedRediff.com10 Feb 2014
One hopes the higher courts take the extraordinary steps needed to secure justice for the victims. The Gujarat carnage demands nothing less because of its unique nature and sponsorship by the State, argues Praful Bidwai.
The crude dramatics of Arvind KejriwalRediff.com5 Feb 2014
'Arvind Kejriwal displayed crass male chauvinism and gender illiteracy in saying that "rape tendencies arise out of sex, prostitution and drug rackets." This shows a failure to grasp that rape has little to with sex, and even less with drugs. Such remarks are far worse than the deplorable comments of policemen and politicians who attribute rapes to women's "provocative" attire or their outdoor presence at night!' says Praful Bidwai.
Congress out, BJP down, where does AAP stand?Rediff.com16 Jan 2014
The AAP has adopted policies in an ad hoc manner, without thinking them through or deriving them from a broader framework. This must change if the AAP is to become a credible alternative, says Praful Bidwai.
Will Kejriwal wreck Modi's dream?Rediff.com6 Jan 2014
The Bharatiya Janata Party's forward march has slowed down. Can Arvind Kejriwal eclipse Narendra Modi in the upcoming general election? Modi, feels Praful Bidwai, may have peaked too soon and Arvind Kajriwal's politics may find new takers.
How the AAP can take advantage of India's changing political equationsRediff.com27 Dec 2013
If the AAP wins 20 to 40 Lok Sabha seats, which is conceivable unless it botches up on governance in Delhi, it will become a significant bloc comparable in influence to or even bigger than several major regional parties, feels Praful Bidwai.
How the AAP can end up helping Modi and the BJPRediff.com23 Dec 2013
'The AAP is likely to take root in some metropolises -- although it won't be easy to replicate the small-scale Delhi model with equal intensity or cadre-strength in a large state,' says Praful Bidwai.
Why the Congress needs to sack this man for survivalRediff.com13 Dec 2013
'The Congress can't return to power unless it reins in prices, lowers interest rates, taxes the rich,' says Praful Bidwai. 'If this means sacking those most responsible for the UPA's pro-big business policies including Finance Minister Chidambaram, so be it!'
India's Mars mission isn't about science, but spectacleRediff.com19 Nov 2013
The Mars mission is overwhelmingly irrelevant to space science and won't advance the frontiers of knowledge. It will divert attention from the real technological challenges facing the Indian space programme, and will further distort our science and technology priorities, says Praful Bidwai.