Sudhir Bisht

Dr Sudhir Bisht, author and columnist, is a frequent contributor to Rediff.com. You can e-mail the author at sudhir_bisht@rediffmail.com

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Saying Namaste With Pride

Saying Namaste With Pride

Rediff.com5 days ago

Sudhir Bisht remembers how he was looked down upon for greeting a potential customer with a Namaste many years ago and how the tables seem to have turned during the pandemic.

Kejriwal is a true follower of BJP ideology

Kejriwal is a true follower of BJP ideology

Rediff.com20 Feb 2020

Kejriwal believes in good governance and takes pride in his Hindu identity, points out Sudhir Bisht.

How Dravid can avert the conflict-of-interest charge

How Dravid can avert the conflict-of-interest charge

Rediff.com20 Aug 2019

What does Rahul Dravid need to do to be able to join NCA without carrying the blemish of perceived or potential 'conflict of interest'? Sudhir Bisht attempts an answer.

Column: Indira, Rajiv didn't die as martyrs

Column: Indira, Rajiv didn't die as martyrs

Rediff.com20 May 2019

'They were the leaders of my country and the children of Mother India, but they didn't die as martyrs.' 'They were killed, most unfortunately, by a well planned enemy plot, and they were victims of political violence,' states Sudhir Bisht.

Can Rita Bahuguna succeed where her father failed?

Can Rita Bahuguna succeed where her father failed?

Rediff.com10 Apr 2019

Sudhir Bisht recalls the battle of 1984, in which UP's strongman H N Bahuguna was felled by Bollywood superstar turned political novice Amitabh Bachchan.

Why is Uday Kotak being singled out for his bank's success?

Why is Uday Kotak being singled out for his bank's success?

Rediff.com19 Mar 2019

'I find the RBI edict to the Kotak Mahindra Bank to reduce Uday Kotak's shareholding very unreasonable,' says Sudhir Bisht.

Does Rahul have a plan for 2019 election?

Does Rahul have a plan for 2019 election?

Rediff.com3 Mar 2019

'Rahul is misguided by a handful of family retainers who don't want him to show unrestrained initiative in forming allies.' says Sudhir Bisht.

Fighting for cheating-free petrol pumps

Fighting for cheating-free petrol pumps

Rediff.com23 Jan 2019

'There exists a 'brotherhood' of sorts for a very long time and corrupt dealers and corrupt OMC officials are in it together,' Ashwani Attrish, founder, Empowering Petroleum Dealers Foundation, tells Sudhir Bisht, a veteran of the petroleum industry.

Why is Hanuma Vihari opening for India?

Why is Hanuma Vihari opening for India?

Rediff.com26 Dec 2018

Rishabh Pant, not Hanuma Vihari, can be the next Virender Sehwag that India is looking for,' says Sudhir Bisht.

Why Mallya's payback offer should be welcomed

Why Mallya's payback offer should be welcomed

Rediff.com10 Dec 2018

'Mallya has offered to pay the original amount.' 'Let us say he means the principal amount and that stands at Rs 5,000 crores.' 'The Indian banks have to ask themselves if they would rather have this 5,000 crores or would have none of it at all,' asks Sudhir Bisht.

Ayyappa's right must be respected by one and all

Ayyappa's right must be respected by one and all

Rediff.com27 Oct 2018

'Comparing a men-only pilgrimage with past blots like sati or untouchability is propelled by politics, mischief and malevolence,' argues Sudhir Bisht.

Why KCR's early poll call must be condemned

Why KCR's early poll call must be condemned

Rediff.com25 Sep 2018

'If the TRS, with 75% seats in the Telangana assembly, can be coerced into a sense of resignation by a tiny party that has just 10% of seats, then questions have to be asked about KCR's mettle as leader,' says Sudhir Bisht.

Why our cricket team failed in England

Why our cricket team failed in England

Rediff.com11 Sep 2018

The reasons for India's poor show in England lie between a very demanding captain, a very smug coach and inadequate coaching staff, says Sudhir Bisht.

Vajpayee: The nice guy who finished first

Vajpayee: The nice guy who finished first

Rediff.com18 Aug 2018

'My heart weeps for Vajpayee, the prince among poets, the king among politicians and the emperor among statesmen,' says Sudhir Bisht.

No-trust debate: Best and Worst performers

No-trust debate: Best and Worst performers

Rediff.com21 Jul 2018

The biggest winner was Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who ran her ship with self-confidence and aplomb.

Is it Reliance Digital vs Chadha uncle now?

Is it Reliance Digital vs Chadha uncle now?

Rediff.com30 Jun 2018

Why should Reliance Digital position itself as an alternative to Chadhaji's store? It simply doesn't make good business sense, says Sudhir Bisht.

The odd man out at Kumaraswamy's big moment

The odd man out at Kumaraswamy's big moment

Rediff.com29 May 2018

Three guys stood out at the swearing-in ceremony of Deve Gowda's son, says Sudhir Bisht.

Time for Virat to step down as RCB captain?

Time for Virat to step down as RCB captain?

Rediff.com7 May 2018

'He has been RCB's leader since 2013 and RCB's best performance under him has been runners up in 2016.' 'In 2013 and 2014, RCB didn't reach the Playoffs stage.' 'In 2015 it reached that stage.' 'In 2017, RCB didn't go beyond the league stage.' 'Sometimes, a change at the top leads to a change in a team's fortunes,' says Sudhir Bisht.

5 reasons why Congress should merge with BJP

5 reasons why Congress should merge with BJP

Rediff.com30 Mar 2018

'I am quite optimistic that sooner or later, my wishful thinking would turn into a reality.' The only hitch is that the INC president's own career ambitions may be hurt if the Congress merges with the BJP,' says Sudhir Bisht.

Arvind Kejriwal: His own worst enemy

Arvind Kejriwal: His own worst enemy

Rediff.com26 Feb 2018

The street-fighter is back and the introspecting, sparingly speaking avatar of Kejriwal has gone on an extended recess. In this grime of heightened Delhi politics, all the good work done by the Delhi government may go down the drain, warns Sudhir Bisht.

Congress people, stop whining about Rahul at R-Day

Congress people, stop whining about Rahul at R-Day

Rediff.com3 Feb 2018

'He is not the leader of the party in the Rajya Sabha or the Lok Sabha. He is just an MP.' 'In the order of precedence of the Republic of India, Rahul Gandhi is at 21st position,' says Sudhir Bisht.

What did the judges achieve?

What did the judges achieve?

Rediff.com16 Jan 2018

By raising a banner of revolt against the CJI, the 4 judges have dealt a body blow to the faith of many Indians in the Supreme Court, argues Sudhir Bisht.

Congress, not Modi, has lowered political discourse

Congress, not Modi, has lowered political discourse

Rediff.com15 Dec 2017

'A false narrative is being created, that Modi is a habitual offender when it comes to lowering the political discourse in the country.' 'Nothing can be farther from the truth,' argues Sudhir Bisht.

Indira gets too much credit for the 1971 victory

Indira gets too much credit for the 1971 victory

Rediff.com21 Nov 2017

'Had Sam Bahadur not dictated the timing of India's military intervention, Bangladesh would not have been created without a prolonged battle.' 'Manekshaw's strategy won the war for India in just 13 days,' says Sudhir Bisht.

What will Rahul do if Congress loses Gujarat?

What will Rahul do if Congress loses Gujarat?

Rediff.com24 Oct 2017

'In all likelihood, the Congress will fall short in Gujarat.' 'The Modi-Amit A Shah duo will hold on to the state for the BJP,' predicts Sudhir Bisht.

Why doesn't Sinha ask his son to quit the government?

Why doesn't Sinha ask his son to quit the government?

Rediff.com7 Oct 2017

Just as the mighty Bhim sacrificed his son Ghatotkach and Arjun sacrificed his son Abhimanyu in the battle against Kauravas, Yashwant Sinha must ask his son Jayant to sacrifice his ministerial office, says Sudhir Bisht.

The true story behind HPCL's stake sale

The true story behind HPCL's stake sale

Rediff.com14 Sep 2017

The government shouldn't hide behind the veil of making a domestic giant out of the HPC-ONGC deal, rather it should just say it needs cash from this divestment exercise, says Sudhir Bisht.

Reshuffle caught the media napping!

Reshuffle caught the media napping!

Rediff.com4 Sep 2017

'Till the time the MSM and Modi don't trust one another, expect more Nirmala Sitharamans springing out from nowhere,' says Sudhir Bisht.

Is this why Sikka quit Infy?

Is this why Sikka quit Infy?

Rediff.com24 Aug 2017

'Vishal Sikka may have realised that he was in no position to deliver on the promise Infosys made to its shareholders.' 'Perhaps he was looking for an escape route and he quit under the cover of "continuous drumbeats of distractions",' says Sudhir Bisht.

What Nitish did is an act of extreme courage

What Nitish did is an act of extreme courage

Rediff.com1 Aug 2017

'Nitish should be portrayed as an upholder of political dharma.'

Next Vice President should be from the North East

Next Vice President should be from the North East

Rediff.com11 Jul 2017

'I am sure the BJP can find a highly educated, respected, non-controversial party man from the North East to be elected India's vice-president,' says Sudhir Bisht.

Coach, not captain, must be the team boss

Coach, not captain, must be the team boss

Rediff.com3 Jul 2017

'The captain's duty should be to ensure that the plan is enacted the way the coach wants the same to be enacted,' says Sudhir Bisht.

5 questions for the 'Prannoy Roy Brigade'

5 questions for the 'Prannoy Roy Brigade'

Rediff.com13 Jun 2017

'While I am personally pained at the raids on Dr Roy's home, I want to ask five questions of those crying themselves hoarse over the attack on the "freedom of the press",' says Sudhir Bisht.

Why I think Sunny Paaji should retire as commentator

Why I think Sunny Paaji should retire as commentator

Rediff.com5 Jun 2017

'Ramchandra Guha has sent down an express delivery at Sunil Gavaskar, the great batsman who seldom wore a helmet while facing the fastest of fast bowlers.' 'Gavaskar may have easily ducked the delivery and Guha would have receded in solitude.' 'But by hitting back at Guha, Gavaskar may have started a barrage of unplayable deliveries,' says Sudhir Bisht about his cricketing hero.

Oil's not well at our petrol pumps

Oil's not well at our petrol pumps

Rediff.com3 May 2017

'Oil companies like IOC, BPCL and HPCL have to set up world class systems where they are always two steps ahead of the crooks,' says Sudhir Bisht, a veteran of the petroleum industry.

Why Kejriwal should pass on the mantle to Sisodia

Why Kejriwal should pass on the mantle to Sisodia

Rediff.com17 Apr 2017

Manish Sisodia's elevation as Delhi CM would set Arvind Kejriwal free to take up a significant role in national politics, or he could return to activism, says Sudhir Bisht.

Who is behind TN farmers' protest?

Who is behind TN farmers' protest?

Rediff.com4 Apr 2017

While a lot of TN farmers are indeed in a very bad condition, the agitation at Jantar Mantar doesn't seem to be apolitical, says Sudhir Bisht.

Sidhu with Kapil is just not cricket

Sidhu with Kapil is just not cricket

Rediff.com23 Mar 2017

'It is best Sidhu shuns his role as Kapil Sharma's Paaji and instead concentrates on serving the people of Punjab,' says Sudhir Bisht.

My Agenda for Modi's New India

My Agenda for Modi's New India

Rediff.com13 Mar 2017

'I hope Prime Minister Modi will take the population bull by the horns,' says Sudhir Bisht.

Is Tamil Nadu the new Bihar?

Is Tamil Nadu the new Bihar?

Rediff.com24 Feb 2017

If the people of Tamil Nadu stop deifying their leaders and start evaluating them more objectively, the political masters too may change their wayward behaviour, argues Sudhir Bisht.

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