All stories by R Rajagopalan
Probe into trusts: Does Modi plan to arrest Rahul?Rediff.com4 days ago
'Harassment' is the objective, not detention.
Modi to reshuffle team in Sep; Scindia, Fadnavis in?Rediff.com5 Jun 2020
The RSS wants three nominees inducted: Tejaswi Surya, the young BJP MP from Bengaluru South, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, a Rajya Sabha member, and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Modi kickstarts week one of Unlock 1 with 28 meetingsRediff.com1 Jun 2020
On Tuesday, Modi will share his views with India Inc on 'Getting growth back'.
How India will open up: Places of worship, malls, local flightsRediff.com1 May 2020
PM to take a call on reopening places of worship on Saturday; state governments empowered to take a call on malls and wedding halls; domestic flights expected to resume on May 18, with Air India being first off the blocks.
Cabinet Secy asks states to check pre-flight ban travellersRediff.com27 Mar 2020
Rajiv Gauba says there is a gap in the number of passengers who should have been monitored and the actual number which may seriously jeopardise efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Rahul Gandhi underwent coronavirus test on return from ItalyRediff.com6 Mar 2020
The Congress leader followed the drill issued by the Director-General of Civil Aviation for all passengers coming from Italy, which mandates a thorough check-up for covid-19, reports R Rajagopalan.
Modi to induct youngsters, allies as ministersRediff.com14 Feb 2020
Among the names being mentioned for inclusion as ministers are Tejasvi Surya, the 29-year-old MP from Bangalore South, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, the 35-year-old MP from Ladakh, Locket Chatterjee, the 45-year old MP from Hooghly, and Dilip Ghosh, MP from West Medinipur and president of the BJP's West Bengal unit.
Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka set to lose airport privilegeRediff.com13 Feb 2020
Three months after the Modi government withdrew SPG cover to Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, they are all set to lose another special status provided to them.
BJP trying hard, but it's Kejri again in DelhiRediff.com5 Feb 2020
Arvind Kejriwal is poised to return to power with a simple majority. Even if the BJP wins 20 to 25 seats, it will be seen as a victory, says R Rajagopalan.
Delhi assembly polls may be held on February 13Rediff.com30 Dec 2019
The Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi's ruling party, is already in election mode.
How Yediyurappa won Karnataka by-pollsRediff.com10 Dec 2019
Karnataka, by reposing its faith in BSY, remains a Hindutva stronghold, reports R Rajagopalan.
Govt gets cracking on setting up Ayodhya temple trustRediff.com11 Nov 2019
With Parliament's winter session is to begin on November 18, the Union home and law ministries want to complete the process of formation of the board of trustees in time, reports R Rajagopalan.
'Trump of Tropics' to be R-Day chief guestRediff.com4 Nov 2019
With Donald Trump unable to make it, Modi settles for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
A crucial fortnight for Supreme Court. And for IndiaRediff.com4 Nov 2019
Security has been put on high alert across the nation as the Supreme Court of India is all set to deliver its verdict in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, Sabarimala case and a host of other legal wrangles.
73 IAS officers empanelled for central govt dutyRediff.com10 Oct 2019
Of the 73 names, 41 have been approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet for secretary-level posts, while 32 names have been cleared for holding additional secretary or equivalent-level posts, reports R Rajagopalan.
Gandhis will have to take SPG along on foreign tripsRediff.com7 Oct 2019
SPG Act tweaked to ensure that commandoes accompany protectees overseas as well.
Why Modi chose Mahabalipuram as venue to meet XiRediff.com7 Oct 2019
Xi's presence in Mahabalipuram is more of a political message by Modi to the world -- as well as to regional parties in South India that they should be beware of the BJP's rise, says R Rajagopalan.
Tribute: Jaitley it was who brought Modi to DelhiRediff.com24 Aug 2019
'Jaitley was one of the earliest politicians to sense the changing political scenario in Delhi. He had closely watched the rise of the BJP and declining fortunes of the Congress party during the L K Advani era. But it was between 2009 and 2014 as the Leader of the Opposition that he began to read the tea leaves. 'And thus it was that he introduced Modi-Amit Shah duo to Lutyens Delhi,' says senior journalist R Rajagopalan who had known Jaitley since 1975.
First-time DMK MPs feel left out, look to Stalin for helpRediff.com5 Jul 2019
The DMK parliamentary party appears to be a house divided, reports R Rajagopalan.
Speaker faces MPs' tug of war over housingRediff.com20 Jun 2019
From deciding on the composition of various House committees to fixing the seating arrangement of MPs, Speaker Om Birla has a full plate.
Can Gehlot fill Jaitley's void in Rajya Sabha?Rediff.com14 Jun 2019
Even his critics say Thaawar Chand Gehlot is a man of delivery. 'If a task is assigned, he wins it over with political sagacity,' they say.
How Modi plans to change babudomRediff.com11 Jun 2019
The PM is keen to fill 40 per cent of joint secretary level openings with outsiders.
10 signs Amit Shah is 2nd only to ModiRediff.com5 Jun 2019
Prime Minister Modi has entrusted Amit Shah with the task of coordinating all the agencies with their power to monitor movement and phone calls, says R Rajagopalan.
Did Modi misread south India?Rediff.com23 May 2019
In the next two years, reveals says R Rajagopalan, Modi-Shah will make a strong effort to woo the south.
Jaitley is Modi-Shah's go-to man for Lok Sabha pollRediff.com13 Mar 2019
From handling the party organisation, finalising candidates, shooting the breeze with the media to pow-wows with diplomats and liaising with the PMO -- Arun Jaitley is the BJP's chief backroom manager in this election, reports R Rajagopalan.
Overseas friends lend Modi a helping handRediff.com11 Mar 2019
The Friends of Modi initiative is expected to to boost the BJP's vote count by at least 1%.
BJP's war cry for 2019: 350 Mumkin Hai!Rediff.com6 Mar 2019
R Rajagopalan reveals the BJP's master plan to get Modi re-elected.
As Tamil Nadu readies for poll battle, PMK is the real winnerRediff.com21 Feb 2019
'With its vote bank is intact, the PMK, though a smaller party of Vanniars, was able to twist around major parties like the DMK and AIADMK, negotiating with both before settling for Chief Minister Edapadi K Palaniswami's side.' 'There is a lesson in it for regional parties in other states as well, on how to dominate the national parties with a committed vote share of just 7 to 8 per cent,' says R Rajagopalan.
Modi's quota: Utmost secrecy, precise executionRediff.com10 Jan 2019
Thus it was that for the first time in the history of the republic a constitutional amendment was announced and passed by Parliament within 72 hours, reports R Rajagopalan.
Will KCR be kingmaker in 2019?Rediff.com27 Dec 2018
'KCR's plan for the future is three-pronged. He wants to see a non-Congress, non-BJP government at the Centre in 2019 so that he can become the Union minister for home or defence,' says R Rajagopalan.
Naidu is Rahul's new troubleshooterRediff.com10 Nov 2018
'Naidu understands electoral calculus, that the regional parties are yet to gain confidence in Rahul as a vote-catcher,' points out R Rajagopalan.
BJP could win 230 seats in 2019Rediff.com11 Sep 2018
'The BJP will be the single largest party in the next Lok Sabha, the only one party with a three digit tally.'
Karunanidhi leaves behind a vacuum in Dravida politicsRediff.com8 Aug 2018
In Karunanidhi's passing the real loser is Tamil Nadu and Tamil language. So far there is no one on the horizon to fill the vacuum left behind by him, says R Rajagopalan.
Is there more to Kamal's meeting with Rahul?Rediff.com21 Jun 2018
Even as the actor-turned-politician said that it was just 'a courtesy call', speculation about a future alliance between them has been doing the rounds in the national capital, says R Rajagopalan.
Rajini's politics casts a shadow over his latest filmRediff.com8 Jun 2018
Rajinikanth's comments on the Cauvery issue have often made him the target of pro-Kannada outfits who threatened to disrupt his film's release in Karnataka. However, this time there has so far been a lack of fanfare even in Tamil Nadu. R Rajagopalan explains why.
Can united Opposition defeat Modi in 2019?Rediff.com11 Apr 2018
'The Modi-Shah duo won't leave the war zone without putting up a tough fight.' 'Modi's slogan for 2019 could well be, "I have done much. Give me one more chance to do even more".' '2019 will be tough for the BJP.' 'But it will be even tougher for the Opposition -- united or otherwise,' says R Rajagopalan.
Has Naidu misread Modi?Rediff.com8 Mar 2018
In early 2017, Amit A Shah warned Nara Chandrababu Naidu that Narendra D Modi was not like Atal Bihari Vajpayee to yield to pressure tactics. Soon, Naidu was to discover this for himself.
Tamil Nadu heads for Coalition SarkarRediff.com15 Feb 2018
R Rajagopalan predicts that Tamil Nadu won't have single party rule for the first time in its history.
Pawar eyes Opposition top slot but Mamata won't allow itRediff.com31 Jan 2018
Banerjee feels that as long as Sonia Gandhi is the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party, she should be the undisputed leader of a united front of opposition parties, reports R Rajagopalan.
How Rahul is preparing to oust BJP by 2024Rediff.com30 Jan 2018
The new Congress president is building a core team of youngsters while waiting for his mother's coterie to retire, reports R Rajagopalan.