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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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A saint who stood by as sinners ran amok

A saint who stood by as sinners ran amok

Rediff.com11 Feb 2017

It is time to take the sainthood away from Dr Manmohan Singh, says Sudhir Bisht.

Jaitley's Budget scores a distinction with a mother

Jaitley's Budget scores a distinction with a mother

Rediff.com3 Feb 2017

'Well done, Mr Jaitley, now go and implement your schemes. No leakages, no lapses and no laziness.'

Why do we treat our soldiers like this?

Why do we treat our soldiers like this?

Rediff.com11 Jan 2017

'We owe our existence to the men in uniform, and we owe it to them to cleanse the armed forces by driving away every bit of corruption that eats into it,' argues Sudhir Bisht.

Speaker, VP must share blame for winter washout

Speaker, VP must share blame for winter washout

Rediff.com21 Dec 2016

If the Opposition is bent upon shouting its own agenda on a deaf ruling dispensation, then it becomes binding upon the chair to ensure that the parliamentary affairs aren't reduced to a farce.

The real enemies of social media

The real enemies of social media

Rediff.com25 Nov 2016

The trolls on Twitter, the rumour mongers on WhatsApp and the serial abusers on Facebook are the enemies of social media.

Arnab Goswami and his 9 pm fish market

Arnab Goswami and his 9 pm fish market

Rediff.com7 Nov 2016

Now that Arnab Goswami is signing off from the Times Group, his cacophony and his shrill sermons will be missed. So will be the fish market. Thank God for that because for me the fish had started to stink, says Sudhir Bisht.

The halo around Ratan Tata has gone

The halo around Ratan Tata has gone

Rediff.com28 Oct 2016

About time the Tata companies that are owned by the public are freed from the clutches of Tata Sons, says Sudhir Bisht.

Why news TV channels changed their tune

Why news TV channels changed their tune

Rediff.com17 Oct 2016

'The media today is completely free from the government-induced fear factor.' 'It is only scared of the public backlash and its TRP ratings,' say Sudhir Bisht.

'Modi and the Indians just discovered the B-bomb'

'Modi and the Indians just discovered the B-bomb'

Rediff.com2 Sep 2016

'I believe Modi mentioned Balochistan only to embarrass Pakistan and also divert attention toward the situation in Kashmir.' 'I think from now on, India intends to raise Balochistan whenever Pakistan brings up Kashmir or upsets them on the issue of terrorism.' 'Balochistan is the least developed of Pakistan's four provinces. It is the least educated and least economically developed. People are agitated that a region so rich in mineral resources and a sea-port is still so poor.' Baloch political analyst Malik Siraj Akbar on why the province wants freedom from Pakistan.

Rahul Gandhi's more elastic than steel now

Rahul Gandhi's more elastic than steel now

Rediff.com27 Aug 2016

The transformation of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, once a naive politician, into the most elastic entities in Indian politics is complete.

Why Shobhaa De deserves to be booed

Why Shobhaa De deserves to be booed

Rediff.com10 Aug 2016

'You can ignore someone's passion, but how can you taunt someone for being obsessed with achieving greatness in her/his chosen field?'

UP 2017: What BJP should do and not do

UP 2017: What BJP should do and not do

Rediff.com19 Jul 2016

'The BJP should know that simple caste arithmetic may have ceased to follow the basic law of addition.' 'Adding up seemingly distinct vote banks can even cause overall reduction in numbers,' says Sudhir Bisht.

Why government employees don't deserve a pay hike

Why government employees don't deserve a pay hike

Rediff.com4 Jul 2016

Upon implementation of the 7th Pay Commission the expected yearly burden on the central exchequer will be more than Rs 100,000 crore. Central government employees will get on an average a 24 per cent pay hike. Still, the unions aren't happy.

Nobel Prize, World Bank Chief... anything is possible for R3

Nobel Prize, World Bank Chief... anything is possible for R3

Rediff.com19 Jun 2016

'With his envious academic record, extraordinary research calibre and unparalleled work experience, we can trust him to become the first Indian -- fully Indian, not one of those Americans of Indian origin -- to win the Nobel Prize in Economics,' says Sudhir Bisht.

Why is Kejriwal tweeting so much about Modi?

Why is Kejriwal tweeting so much about Modi?

Rediff.com30 May 2016

Twitter is a great medium for political leaders to communicate with their supporters and engage with their opponents. Provided the tweets are coherent and sensible. So why is the Delhi chief minister tweeting illogical stuff about the PM, asks Sudhir Bisht.

Parliament or BCCI? Why Anurag Thakur must quit one

Parliament or BCCI? Why Anurag Thakur must quit one

Rediff.com23 May 2016

An MP's is a full-time job, so is the BCCI president's. How can Anurag Thakur do justice to both, asks Sudhir Bisht.

Congress must look beyond the Gandhis

Congress must look beyond the Gandhis

Rediff.com7 May 2016

'The Congress president gets into samurai mode only when there is a direct attack on her and her family.' 'Is being the president of the oldest and one of the most respected parties in India only about personal reputation and survival?' asks Sudhir Bisht.

Amitabh Bachchan for President? No way!

Amitabh Bachchan for President? No way!

Rediff.com1 Apr 2016

With the images of Rajendra Babu, Radhakrishnan, K R Narayanan, V V Giri and Kalam in my mind, the image of my beloved hero dancing ungainly to 'Merey angney main tumharra kya kaam hai', doesn't make a smooth transition, says Sudhir Bisht.

'I had no training for most things I did in business'

'I had no training for most things I did in business'

Rediff.com19 Feb 2016

'I believe having the right attitude, working hard for what you want and taking no for an answer gets you over any hurdles that are on the path to success.'

Three questions for 'Prem' Salman Khan

Three questions for 'Prem' Salman Khan

Rediff.com11 Dec 2015

Sudhir Bisht seeks some answers not from the biggest superstar India has seen but from the lovable Prem of the silver screen.

5 reasons to support Kejriwal's even-odd numbered car days

5 reasons to support Kejriwal's even-odd numbered car days

Rediff.com8 Dec 2015

Arvind Kejriwal's strategy to take the pollution bull by the horns needs to be applauded. And I am sure that all the imaginary problems and grievances will be addressed before the restrictions are actually implemented, says Sudhir Bisht.

Why the BJP lost: 5 reasons from 'expat' Biharis

Why the BJP lost: 5 reasons from 'expat' Biharis

Rediff.com9 Nov 2015

'The greatness of Indian democracy is that it never lets any political pundit master the pulse of the electorate. Sometimes people vote for change and sometimes they vote for the status quo.'

Why Modi is right on not speaking on Dadri

Why Modi is right on not speaking on Dadri

Rediff.com13 Oct 2015

'What will be achieved by the prime minister's condemnation of each and every unfortunate incident? Will just the PM's condemnation bring about closure to these cases,' asks Sudhir Bisht.

Why renaming Aurangzeb Road is right

Why renaming Aurangzeb Road is right

Rediff.com4 Sep 2015

'I am happy that Aurangzeb will no longer dance before my eyes as I jog down A P J Abdul Kalam Road. Instead, the serene, saintly, smile of the late beloved President will bless me when I take an evening stroll there.'

'To compare bureaucrats to those in armed forces is laughable'

'To compare bureaucrats to those in armed forces is laughable'

Rediff.com28 Aug 2015

Rajiv Chandrashekhar, Rajya Sabha MP, explains that the argument that other government servants are eligible for OROP is incorrect and the comparison is laughable.

'OROP for jawans is justified. Not so much for officers'

'OROP for jawans is justified. Not so much for officers'

Rediff.com26 Aug 2015

'It is important to make a clear distinction between the officers and jawans. The officers retire at 54 and with two extensions can go up to 58 years before they go home. A jawan on the other hand retires at 38. Therefore, to portray a picture that all army men retire young is wrong.'

Is Mulayam Singh really angry with Akhilesh Yadav?

Is Mulayam Singh really angry with Akhilesh Yadav?

Rediff.com10 Aug 2015

The 75-year-old Samajwadi Party patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav, has been publicly rebuking the 42-year-old Uttar Pradesh chief minister of who also happens to be his son. Is the public display of anger real? Or is it just a way of fooling the public? Sudhir Bisht spoke with some keen observers of politics in UP to find out what they feel about Netaji's anger.

'Let's fight till we get One Rank One Pension'

'Let's fight till we get One Rank One Pension'

Rediff.com4 Aug 2015

'One Rank One Pension is needed immediately and more urgently for jawans and widows,' one elderly soldier tells Sudhir Bisht at Delhi's Jantar Mantar.

If Modi isn't mingling with Muslims, it is his wish...

If Modi isn't mingling with Muslims, it is his wish...

Rediff.com29 Jul 2015

'... as long as he doesn't stop me from mingling with my Muslim friends.' 'Tolerance isn't about making a show of your respect for another man's religion. Tolerance is about not interfering in other people's affairs as long as it doesn't infringe your own rights as an individual.'

A peek into Kejriwal's brilliant stealth tactics

A peek into Kejriwal's brilliant stealth tactics

Rediff.com17 Jul 2015

I admire Kejriwal's intelligence but pity the fact that he had to use all the ingenuity and scheming to achieve his revenue enhancement goal, says Sudhir Bisht.

Veterans accuse govt of trying to create divide over OROP

Veterans accuse govt of trying to create divide over OROP

Rediff.com25 Jun 2015

The relay hunger strike by retired soldiers demanding implementation of One Rank One Pension scheme enters Day 10.

On Day 4 of OROP strike, ex-servicemen are ready to sacrifice their lives

On Day 4 of OROP strike, ex-servicemen are ready to sacrifice their lives

Rediff.com18 Jun 2015

Soldiers remain firm in their protest against the delay in the implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme.

Six reasons why Arun Shourie is wrong

Six reasons why Arun Shourie is wrong

Rediff.com6 May 2015

You could step aside from the BJP membership, don the mantle of a full-time journalist again and then go ballistic against the government, Sudhir Bisht tells Arun Shourie in this open letter.

5 Reasons Why the BJP Got It Wrong In Delhi

5 Reasons Why the BJP Got It Wrong In Delhi

Rediff.com10 Feb 2015

'The boy has remained so simple. Still wearing that sweater and light pants. He doesn't even have a decent pair of shoes! So much like one of us! How can we not give him another chance?' 'And what is Modi Sir doing? He changes clothes three times a day and wears designer clothes. He isn't the son of a simple chaiwallah we voted for.'

Why this secrecy over hiring the next IOC chief?

Why this secrecy over hiring the next IOC chief?

Rediff.com23 May 2014

The entire selection process of the IOC chairman was shrouded in mediocrity and mystery.

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