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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

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The Family Man 2 review

The Family Man 2 review

Rediff.com7 Jun 2021

Manoj Bajpayee simply lives, and loves, the role -- of a man who life is fast passing by, and who continues to live the lie of a simple government servant, observes Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Has Modi run out of gas?

Has Modi run out of gas?

Rediff.com2 May 2021

Other strong men have stopped Modi and his hordes in states before, but none of them with a footprint or battle cry to shake up New Delhi, observes Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

12 Films by Rajinikanth: The Actor, Not Superstar

12 Films by Rajinikanth: The Actor, Not Superstar

Rediff.com17 Dec 2020

If you'd like to know more about Rajini the actor, Saisuresh Sivaswamy offers a wide selection.

Delhi HC to hear Bollywood producers' plea to restrain TV channels on Monday

Delhi HC to hear Bollywood producers' plea to restrain TV channels on Monday

Rediff.com8 Nov 2020

The Delhi high court will hear on Monday a plea by leading Bollywood producers seeking to restrain Republic TV and Times Now from making or publishing allegedly "irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks" against the film industry and conducting media trials against its members on various issues. The lawsuit by four Bollywood industry associations and 34 leading producers, which was filed on October 12, will come up for hearing before Justice Rajiv Shakdher.

Congress is Gandhis, Gandhis are the Congress

Congress is Gandhis, Gandhis are the Congress

Rediff.com25 Aug 2020

'In spirit, and more importantly in its DNA, this is the Congress Inc, or Incorporated, a family-run entity,' notes Saisuresh Sivaswamy.

Ram temple crowns Modi as first Hindu Hriday Samrat

Ram temple crowns Modi as first Hindu Hriday Samrat

Rediff.com4 Aug 2020

By all yardsticks 2024 isn't expected to be like 2014 or 2019. But with the mandir expected to be ready in time for the next Lok Sabha polls, Modi will have a new ally in Ram to see him through, observes 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.'

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