All stories by T V R Shenoy
Donald Trump is a blank sheet of paperRediff.com12 Dec 2016
'You can ascribe any ideology to him, and it will be equally right - or equally wrong.' 'Even though the comrades on the Left will never admit it, he seems as much Stalinist as capitalist.'
A family so rich they didn't know they were being robbed!Rediff.com5 Oct 2016
'The D K Adikesavulu clan is so wealthy, owns so many houses, and has so much jewellery,' notes T V R Shenoy, 'that it did not notice a servant stealing at the rate of Rs 66 lakh every year!'
Why Amit Shah was not wrongRediff.com20 Sep 2016
'Politics and religion can be a combustive combination, but this once I am pleased that Pinarayi Vijayan made an issue of a rather innocuous tweet by Amit Shah.' 'It provided the perfect excuse to seek respite from political pronouncements and take (temporary) refuge in the classics,' says T V R Shenoy.
Why I am not eager for a 'Congress-mukt Bharat'Rediff.com6 Sep 2016
'Like it or not, the Congress is still the only party with the potential to challenge the BJP at a pan-Indian level,' says T V R Shenoy.
Preserving India's democracy is not Hindus' job aloneRediff.com16 Aug 2016
'The fabric of democracy is fraying,' says T V R Shenoy. 'It is being attacked not just by terrorists in Kashmir or by zealots in the North-East, but is being ripped apart even in Allahabad, in the Hindi heartland.'
How does Nitish escape Lalu's boa constrictor-like embrace?Rediff.com14 Oct 2015
'Even if the anti-Modi 'Mahagatbandhan' gets a majority there is simply no way that Nitish Kumar can ensure even a stable government, leave alone a good -- clean, development-oriented -- government,' argues T V R Shenoy.
Can NaMo be halted in the Hindi belt?Rediff.com10 Aug 2015
'The foundation of the 2014 triumph was Narendra Modi's appeal to voters in the Hindi belt. The Bihar Vidhan Sabha polls will demonstrate if he continues to appeal to them,' says T V R Shenoy.
Never Tickle a Sleeping DragonRediff.com31 Jul 2015
'The dragon is Narendra Modi. While it may be harsh -- a tad -- to say that it was sleeping, it is fair to say that the government's approach in tackling corruption cases was lackadaisical.' 'By choosing corruption as an issue the Opposition has goaded the Treasury benches to return fire -- and the BJP has more potent ammunition,' says T V R Shenoy.
Whatever happens, Jaya will return to power in 2016Rediff.com2 Jul 2015
'The AIADMK has no Number Two, frankly it does not even have a Number Hundred and Two. There is the Numero Uno, and there is everybody else -- a point that was made very clear when Jayalalithaa made her ministers take the oath of office in unison on May 23. What, after all, was the point of having them do so individually when they lack individuality?'
Will Yechury give the CPI-M a makeover?Rediff.com22 Apr 2015
'It is not impossible that there will be some arrangement with the Congress in West Bengal after the ongoing local body polls.'
It needs more than empty symbolism to restore the Congress's shineRediff.com16 Apr 2015
'Sonia Gandhi can't rejuvenate the party, her heir is fodder for stand-up comedians, and nobody in the Congress has the guts to question the Nehru-Gandhis.'
Why Amit Shah keeps an eye on BengalRediff.com17 Mar 2015
'Amit Shah was, briefly, a stockbroker before devoting himself to politics. By instinct or training, he knows the value of keeping blue chips in one's portfolio.'
AAP can't confront Modi for 5, 10 yearsRediff.com27 Feb 2015
'Can the Aam Aadmi Party challenge the BJP? Someday perhaps. But to set him up as a national alternative just now smacks of the very sin that Arvind Kejriwal admits brought him down in 2014 -- arrogance.'
Kejriwal's principal publicity manager? The BJP itself!Rediff.com5 Feb 2015
'Win or lose, the BJP's Delhi unit is clearly in a mess. Its behaviour offers a textbook example in how not to approach an election.'
Why Hinduism never developed a concept of blasphemyRediff.com4 Feb 2015
'While India's 'secularism' is a matter of cultural values rooted in Hinduism, the Western concept became one of rights rooted in legal rights. India would be secular with or without Article 25 of the Constitution,' says T V R Shenoy.
Ok, India's largely Congress-mukht, will Modi now run the country?Rediff.com24 Dec 2014
'It marks the start of an era where the BJP must now campaign on its own record rather than against the misrule of another party.'
The Jurassic Park of Indian politicsRediff.com23 Dec 2014
It is the last place where the dinosaurs who once dreamt of ruling the Earth can still be seen in their natural habitat, says T V R Shenoy.
What is wrong in this man being a governor?Rediff.com6 Nov 2014
'Judging by the conduct of two governors of Kerala and one governor from Kerala, Congressmen treated Raj Bhavan as a transition point before taking a flight back into active politics.'
Sunday's verdict will terrify the non-BJP partiesRediff.com19 Oct 2014
'Narendra Modi might not have made 145 in Maharashtra, but it is definitely true that the Congress, and other dynastic parties, are well and truly stumped.'
Campaign for 2019 starts in MaharashtraRediff.com30 Sep 2014
'The BJP believes it has little to lose from a loss of alliance with the Shiv Sena. Fighting alone gives the BJP the chance to test its troops today, and then rework its tactics if necessary, before the big test in 2019,' says T V R Shenoy.