All stories by Sunil Sethi
Who is to blame for the royal mess in Rajasthan?Rediff.com6 Aug 2020
The BJP may be ready and waiting to pounce on another key state of the Hindi heartland, but it is the Congress's holy trinity that issued them an invitation to the beheading, notes Sunil Sethi.
I am recovering from CovidRediff.com23 Jul 2020
'A tornado... when it lands, it swirls through the body, causing chaos, confusion, coughs, wreaking damage to each organ it touches.'
I spent 8 days in a Covid hospitalRediff.com14 Jul 2020
Sunil Sethi caught the coronavirus. This is what happened next.
'LET ME GO HOME!'Rediff.com17 May 2020
Do we care about India's Nowhere People, asks Sunil Sethi.
What the scourge of COVID-19 has exposed...Rediff.com10 May 2020
'...are the deep ruts and fissures in the rotting fabric of our cities and the incompetence of elected leaders and administrators,' notes Sunil Sethi.
Can Kejriwal beat Modi in Delhi?Rediff.com5 Feb 2020
'Mr Kejriwal has played it cool in distancing himself from Delhi's hotspots, adroitly pandering to the BJP's Hindu vote.' 'He neither visited the scene of JNU violence nor has he dropped by at Shaheen Bagh,' notes Sunil Sethi.
Modi must be wary about campus protestsRediff.com27 Jan 2020
'New Delhi's rulers should be alert to lighting a dangerous tinderbox,' warns Sunil Sethi.
Why Aatish Taseer's case must worry usRediff.com2 Dec 2019
A punitive majoritarian State can make an example of individuals who raise their voice in criticism of the prime minister and divisive politics, warns Sunil Sethi.
Confessions of a 'Khan Market gang' memberRediff.com14 Jun 2019
'If Khan Market today -- a neon-drenched spectacle of blingy shops and pricey eateries -- is what it is, it's not due to the dramatic shift in political dispensations, but because free-market India is another country,' notes Sunil Sethi.
What venom! What vilification!Rediff.com11 May 2019
'The vitriolic campaign now in progress, the underlying threat of violence, and the elevation of Pragya Thakur as a star candidate are key markers in the BJP's obstacle-strewn march back to New Delhi,' says Sunil Sethi.
At election time, cash is kingRediff.com19 Apr 2019
'Votes-for-notes no longer only means cash and goodies for fence-sitting voters,' points out Sunil Sethi.
Will Modi's drum of war help BJP?Rediff.com21 Mar 2019
'Prior to Pulwama, the BJP appeared to be on the defensive, uncertain of its stop-and-go development programmes, fearful of growing discontent among agriculturists and unemployed youth, and nervous of gathering steam among Opposition parties across regional and caste alliances,' says Sunil Sethi.
Why are our passports so shabby?Rediff.com9 Feb 2019
'Why can't a country that builds and manages airports of acknowledged excellence at home and abroad produce passports of durable quality for its citizens?' asks Sunil Sethi.
Is Priyanka more than a show-stopper?Rediff.com7 Feb 2019
Can compassion, common courtesy or an 'emotional connect' win seats in the harsh realpolitik of UP, a state riddled with divisions of caste and religion, and confronted with a seemingly impregnable BSP-SP alliance? asks Sunil Sethi.
Kerala and Tamil Nadu are quiet champions of IndiaRediff.com26 Jan 2019
'There is a degree of civility, efficiency, cleanliness and cultural ease here that has all but vanished in the squalid, chaotic and rootless Hindi heartland,' says Sunil Sethi.
Why Nehru is worth remembering this Republic DayRediff.com26 Jan 2019
'India's first and longest-serving prime minister created -- or at the very least imagined -- a modern, democratic nation-State of the 20th century,' says Sunil Sethi.
The Great Property CrashRediff.com25 Jan 2019
'In many parts of the country, the empty nest-and-empty-nest egg story is a painful boom-to-bust saga.' 'Among the old and young, it is hitting pockets hard, in a linked chain of debt-laden banks, corrupt politicians and builder mafias and disastrous government policies,' says Sunil Sethi.
Has Modi fatigue set in?Rediff.com2 Jan 2019
Desperate times need desperate actions, and the BJP's only option is to enforce legislation to build a Ram mandir, says Sunil Sethi.
Who's the tallest of them all?Rediff.com15 Dec 2018
'All statue-building is an exercise in hubris, but Mr Adityanath's enterprise begs a question: Can a state with rampant child malnutrition and 325 children dying in a Gorakhpur hospital afford Rama's benediction?' asks Sunil Sethi.
Phase Two of #MeToo beginsRediff.com31 Oct 2018
'Mr Akbar has underestimated the level of pent-up anger and commitment among these women,' a young lawyer tells Sunil Sethi.
The watch dogs that didn't bark for IL&FSRediff.com16 Oct 2018
Did men and women of redoubtable experience and public service, upholders of the country's steel frame and paragons of corporate governance, never smell a rat?
Have you met a Bluffocrat?Rediff.com21 Sep 2018
'If the school of bluffers includes those who get to the top not from deep knowledge but from delivering 'a clever quip or a leftfield surprise argument', then Modi is the undisputed Bluffocrat Emeritus,' says Sunil Sethi.
How will the Game of Thrones play out in Tamil Nadu?Rediff.com19 Aug 2018
'Tamil Nadu's youth bulge will soon be 70 per cent of the population, many of them smartphone-toting millennials looking for gains more tangible than what screen gods can give,' says Sunil Sethi.
Imran Khan, anyone?Rediff.com25 Jul 2018
'The generals couldn't care less about political corruption, being complicit themselves.' 'Coup d'etats are out of fashion.' 'Their only desire is backroom control,' says Sunil Sethi.
A Season of SpiesRediff.com17 Jun 2018
'Raazi is being hailed for breaking the glass ceiling for Daughters of Bollywood Inc,' says Sunil Sethi.
Karnataka's last resort politicsRediff.com26 May 2018
'Where in parliamentary democracies around the world do political parties drag Supreme Court judges in the middle marches of the night to decide who will rule?' asks Sunil Sethi.
Ahankar has been many a leader's undoingRediff.com19 Apr 2018
'BJP leaders might ponder the all-consuming arrogance that grips the Modi-Shah combine a year ahead of the next general election,' says Sunil Sethi.
The past was another countryRediff.com10 Feb 2018
'Where children are told soothing bedtime tales, our daily fare were stories of the bloodshed my family had witnessed, scenes, my father said, of the sewers turning red and the overpowering stench of corpses,' remembers Sunil Sethi.
Rambo rides againRediff.com23 Dec 2017
'From his persistent fuelling of pan-Hindu nationalism to pandering to narrow Gujarati chauvinism, Rambo rides again, using fair means and foul -- and often foul -- to gain the battleground,' says Sunil Sethi.
Delhi, the No-No capitalRediff.com26 Nov 2017
Delhi is a year-round health hazard that visitors shun like the plague, says Sunil Sethi.
CBI must be held accountable for what they did to the TalwarsRediff.com24 Nov 2017
The fruitless pursuit, which tore the Talwars' lives and reputations to shreds, means that Aarushi's killers have not only got away but may never be found, says Sunil Sethi.
The Truth and Myth of Indira GandhiRediff.com18 Nov 2017
'It has even been suggested that Modi and Amit Shah, however grudgingly, harbour admiration for her controlling streak and steely resilience,' says Sunil Sethi.
Is Nawazuddin's kiss' n' tell defensible?Rediff.com15 Nov 2017
The great pity is that Mr Siddiqui has a remarkable, even inspiring, story to tell, feels Sunil Sethi.
Ramdev wants a ban; will he succeed?Rediff.com9 Sep 2017
'The wonderful thing about being a journalist is that when someone tries to muzzle your work, it's a badge of honour.' 'You know you've done something right,' Priyanka Pathak-Narain, the author of Godman To Tycoon: The Untold Story Of Baba Ramdev, tells Sunil Sethi.
The politics of grievanceRediff.com28 Jul 2017
'A class antagonism of rich versus poor took the colouring of a communal confrontation,' says Sunil Sethi.
Delhi's unaccountable Raja KejriwalRediff.com1 Jun 2017
'The Aam Aadmi's prophet is out of touch with both the city and his own flock.'
These Indo-Pak games have gone on for a long timeRediff.com15 May 2017
'There are retaliatory incursions, ambushes, captures and killings by Indian forces along the 700 km border; alleged spies are caught on both sides, then mutually traded as pawns; envoys are summoned in both capitals to be routinely given dressing downs.' 'And there is always a handy courier pigeon, like Sajjan Jindal, sent over to test the troubled waters,' says Sunil Sethi.
The Romeos of Hazratgunj: An elegyRediff.com7 Apr 2017
In Yogi Adityanath's Uttar Pradesh wayward Romeos would all be in the lock-up, says Sunil Sethi.
The Jaya you didn't knowRediff.com25 Dec 2016
'We spoke of everything but politics.' 'She was well-versed in the Eng. Lit. canon of Dickens and Austen, but had also read Oscar Wilde's famous epistolary tract from jail, De Profundis.' Sunil Sethi recalls his memorable encounters with Jayalalithaa.
'Parmeshwar was a dynamo and a doer'Rediff.com17 Oct 2016
Laughter was a component of Parmeshar Godrej's large-hearted Punjabi spirit, recalls Sunil Sethi.