Saisuresh Sivaswamy

Saisuresh Sivaswamy has been a journalist for 35 years and wrote his very first column for Rediff.com on January 25, 1997. You can read his columns at: https://www.rediff.com/news/sai.html . Sai (as he is known) usually writes on politics, but once in a while you will find him reviewing the odd film, especially if it features Rajinikanth or Kamal Haasan. You can e-mail the author at sai@rediff.co.in

All stories by SAISURESH SIVASWAMY

Kejri's lesson: Only a 'Hinduised' Hindu can stop Modi

Kejri's lesson: Only a 'Hinduised' Hindu can stop Modi

Rediff.com11 Feb 2020

'In Kejriwal's re-election, we are finally seeing someone who has successfully bridged his Hindu identity with ground-level development triumphing over the BJP,' notes Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Wanted: Vision 20:20, not myopia

Wanted: Vision 20:20, not myopia

Rediff.com2 Jan 2020

'The government may backpedal for now to stave off bad international press and diplomatic demarches, but that it will go ahead with putting religion at the centre of citizenship rules is certain.' 'For it is convinced that this is the magic bullet that will ensure its return to power in 2024,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

When justice fails, instant justice steps in

When justice fails, instant justice steps in

Rediff.com6 Dec 2019

'We may have the finest criminal laws, but of what use are they when it can ensure neither a quick, time-bound trial nor punishment?' 'The outcome, then, will be extra-judicial solutions like what the Telangana police has hit upon,' argues Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Pawar settles the Chanakya question. Sorry, Modi-Shah, you lose

Pawar settles the Chanakya question. Sorry, Modi-Shah, you lose

Rediff.com27 Nov 2019

Thanks to Sharad Pawar and him alone, Maharashtra has shown that the Modi-Shah duo can be halted. The next step is to take the battle to Dilli, says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

How Modi outwitted Rao's Babri Masjid calculation

How Modi outwitted Rao's Babri Masjid calculation

Rediff.com11 Nov 2019

'He failed to foresee that the campaign of hatred need not be continuous; a sporadic, scattered campaign is enough.' 'What was important is to keep the pot boiling, not let it overflow like happened during the masjid-mandir days,' notes Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

'BJP has very little play in Tamil Nadu'

'BJP has very little play in Tamil Nadu'

Rediff.com1 Aug 2019

Dr Vasudevan Maitreyan, was virtually the face of the AIADMK in New Delhi since February 2002, finds himself ignored by the current leadership.

Sai's Take: All make way for Amit the Shah

Sai's Take: All make way for Amit the Shah

Rediff.com3 Jun 2019

'Amit Shah's trajectory seems unstoppable; no wonder some say the day is not far off when he could be pitching for the top job, and that this is only the first step,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Modi: The Mission Impossible Man

Modi: The Mission Impossible Man

Rediff.com23 May 2019

'The story of how Modi won a re-election in the face of severe agrarian crisis, mounting unemployment, looming economic crisis, is the story of how the power of the message can be put to devastating effect in the hands of a strong leader,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Mr PM, time to end the national bitterness

Sai's Take: Mr PM, time to end the national bitterness

Rediff.com23 May 2019

'The unprecedented bitterness and rancour that marked this election campaign need not spill over into government and governance,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Why the EC is outvoted on EVMs

Sai's Take: Why the EC is outvoted on EVMs

Rediff.com22 May 2019

'Hopefully, the new majority government will give the country a fool-proof electoral system,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Congress-mukt India?

Sai's Take: Congress-mukt India?

Rediff.com21 May 2019

'Why has the phrase gone missing from Modi's vocabulary?' asks Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: For whom the exit polls toll

Sai's Take: For whom the exit polls toll

Rediff.com20 May 2019

'When the clouds lift and the mists clear, when saner heads and minds sit down to parse the outcome, they will find that the Congress was not lacking in either fight or spirit,' notes Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Gandhi was, is, will always be alive

Sai's Take: Gandhi was, is, will always be alive

Rediff.com17 May 2019

'When the story of Elections 2019 is told by an independent writer, the BJP's role in lowering electoral standards will be etched in indelible ink,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: What I learnt from Amit Shah's interviews

Sai's Take: What I learnt from Amit Shah's interviews

Rediff.com16 May 2019

'We are not marketing (the) Modi name but the work and trust that it projects.'

Sai's Take: The Bengal tinder box

Sai's Take: The Bengal tinder box

Rediff.com15 May 2019

Violence has always been a fact of life in Bengal's politics; it is just that the faces have changed, the contesting ideologies have changed, says Saisuresh Sivawamy.

Sai's Take: Phew...When will these elections end?

Sai's Take: Phew...When will these elections end?

Rediff.com14 May 2019

'The EC seems to have killed the joy of elections by stretching it interminably.' 'Imagine watching Andhadhun in a six-hour format and you will get the point,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: What I learnt from Modi's Express interview

Sai's Take: What I learnt from Modi's Express interview

Rediff.com13 May 2019

'Modi's interview style is distinct, and alas one that is increasingly being followed by others as well, notably by the man who is out to challenge him, Rahul Gandhi.' 'This may appear aggressive and combative to readers and viewers, but the fact is that sometimes it becomes unclear as to who is interviewing who,' discovers Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Mamata's fury

Sai's Take: Mamata's fury

Rediff.com10 May 2019

'Of all the election skirmishes, it is the one between Mamata and Modi that has hit the nadir.' 'Obviously, the prize catch is Bengal where the BJP is determined to make inroads while Mamata is equally determined to keep them out,' notes Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: When Modi was thankful to Rahul

Sai's Take: When Modi was thankful to Rahul

Rediff.com9 May 2019

'I am not a politician removed from the people, I get constant feedback from top to bottom, my connect with the masses is direct, not through the media, so I know what is going on.' Saisuresh Sivaswamy listens to the PM explain why he believes 'for the first time in this country, a pro-incumbency wave is on.'

Sai's Take: A political Mahabharatam

Sai's Take: A political Mahabharatam

Rediff.com8 May 2019

Is there a likeness between the characters from Ved Vyas's timeless epic and those prancing about on the political proscenium? Saisuresh Sivaswamy finds out.

Sai's Take: Rajiv attack: Modi desperate?

Sai's Take: Rajiv attack: Modi desperate?

Rediff.com7 May 2019

'Does the BJP opening up a new assault on Rajiv Gandhi indicate that the BJP's internal calculations are pointing to the election results not going as it hoped, and hence a sign of desperation?' asks Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Aisi Kaisi Democracy!

Sai's Take: Aisi Kaisi Democracy!

Rediff.com6 May 2019

'Have we finally gotten over the holy cow syndrome?' asks Saisuresh Sivaswamy after watching Aisi Taisi Democracy in action.

Sai's Take: Masood over Maoism

Sai's Take: Masood over Maoism

Rediff.com3 May 2019

'As casualties go, Maoism has been exacting a heavy price, and with a sickening regularity.' 'Yet, it is the other threat that hog all the limelight, the headlines and the TV studio debates,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Has RaGa gotten over ArGo?

Sai's Take: Has RaGa gotten over ArGo?

Rediff.com3 May 2019

'Rahul Gandhi has shown that he can field questions on the fly -- something the frontrunner in this election has failed to do in the last five years -- but does it mean he can survive another bout with a primed-up ArGo?' asks Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Election 2019: Endgame

Sai's Take: Election 2019: Endgame

Rediff.com29 Apr 2019

'The similarities between the blockbusting Avengers: Endgame and Election 2019 cannot be starker. So who plays who?' asks Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Priyanka was right in running away

Sai's Take: Priyanka was right in running away

Rediff.com26 Apr 2019

'Priyanka Gandhi, it was obvious to everyone but the inner circle, would have only served as a sacrificial lamb in this high-octane contest, the Modi juggernaut would have simply trundled over her and whatever ill-hatched plans the Congress had in mind,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: The Akki-Modi Dil ki Baat

Sai's Take: The Akki-Modi Dil ki Baat

Rediff.com25 Apr 2019

'So we had Akshay Kumar dressed up like Robert Vadra on his offday, and trying to not look fan-struck...'

Sai's Take: Cash makes the elections go round

Sai's Take: Cash makes the elections go round

Rediff.com17 Apr 2019

'With the Election Commission wisening up to the practice, which strikes at the very root of electoral democracy, the practitioners of cash for votes have been getting more and more ingenious,' points out Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Missing T N Seshan

Sai's Take: Missing T N Seshan

Rediff.com16 Apr 2019

'Just as the monkey god needed a Jambavan to prod him into realising his superpowers, so did the poll panel need a poke from the Supreme Court into remembering it had an armoury of powers at its disposal to stop the infractions,' notes Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: TN heading for a one-sided verdict

Sai's Take: TN heading for a one-sided verdict

Rediff.com15 Apr 2019

'Let me stick my neck out and say that Tamil Nadu will keep alive its reputation for landslide election verdicts, with the DMK front winning at least 30 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats going to the polls in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Will Kanhaiya stun Giriraj Singh?

Sai's Take: Will Kanhaiya stun Giriraj Singh?

Rediff.com12 Apr 2019

'Kanhaiya Kumar, rising through subaltern rage and aspiration, may not triumph, not yet, but his ability to rise is tribute to democracy's finest hour,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: It's all about freedom of the press

Sai's Take: It's all about freedom of the press

Rediff.com11 Apr 2019

Arun Shourie, who made a name as an editor par excellence before he chose to join politics, put it in perspective: 'The Rafale judgment enables the media to its job.'

Sai's Take: Minority Report

Sai's Take: Minority Report

Rediff.com10 Apr 2019

'The minorities are determined to prove Modi wrong in 2019, and the only way he can counter their mobilisation against his government is to get a bigger share of the Hindu vote,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Ek baar phir Modi Sarkar?

Sai's Take: Ek baar phir Modi Sarkar?

Rediff.com9 Apr 2019

Cassandras and Congressis may sneer at the findings, but the Times Now poll indicated that the Modi government was very much on its way to a second term.

Sai's Take: A waveless election in UP?

Sai's Take: A waveless election in UP?

Rediff.com8 Apr 2019

The interesting bit about the Azamgarh poll finding on India TV was the whopping percentage of Muslims backing the SP-BSP alliance, which sort of negates Mayawati's appeal to the community to not split their vote with the Congress, says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: When can Rediff interview you, Mr PM?

Sai's Take: When can Rediff interview you, Mr PM?

Rediff.com5 Apr 2019

'What the interview with Modi told me was that now he is open to granting interviews.' 'And in this connection let me offer our credentials for being considered in this election season,' says Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Sai's Take: Rahul has his work cut out in Wayanad

Sai's Take: Rahul has his work cut out in Wayanad

Rediff.com4 Apr 2019

What Saisuresh Sivaswamy learnt about the election from television and the newspapers. A must read column, folks!

Sai's Take: Ah, that's what Cong manifesto says!

Sai's Take: Ah, that's what Cong manifesto says!

Rediff.com3 Apr 2019

'The Congress has finally drawn a line in the sand over its pro-poor credentials.'
'The rich better watch out.'

Sai's Take: What I learnt about Modi today

Sai's Take: What I learnt about Modi today

Rediff.com2 Apr 2019

Saisuresh Sivaswamy tells us what we must know from the election news in the print and television media.

Why the 2019 elections are like 1984

Why the 2019 elections are like 1984

Rediff.com11 Mar 2019

'Patriotism won 400+ seats for the Congress party in 1984. How much will nationalism bring in, in 2019, is the question,' asks Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

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