All stories by VIRENDRA KAPOOR
Why Owaisi's rise in Bihar is cause for concernRediff.com19 Nov 2020
Owaisi's five seats in Bihar's Muslim-majority Seemanchal region ought to ring alarm bells, observes Virendra Kapoor.
Biden: No cause to worry for IndiaRediff.com12 Nov 2020
Washington might occasionally make some noises about alleged human rights violations and related issues but commonality of interests will only see the Indo-US ties grow stronger, observes Virendra Kapoor.
Europe and the problem of Islamic radicalsRediff.com3 Nov 2020
Europeans believe that what is under attack is their way of life, their secular faith, the long-fought right to keep religion out of the public sphere, observes Virendra Kapoor.
Will Nitish jump NDA ship post poll?Rediff.com29 Oct 2020
Given Nitish's track record as an accomplished trapeze artist who can dump the BJP overnight and embrace the RJD, he can leave the saffron party stranded should he fail to get the chief ministerial crown for the fourth time, notes Virendra Kapoor.
A Dalit leader who did much for himselfRediff.com12 Oct 2020
Paswan was a minister under six different prime ministers, hardly out of government since he was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1977, observes Virendra Kapoor.
Time to move on from mandir-masjid sagaRediff.com8 Oct 2020
Applying balm on the wounds of the two religious groups is a better course of action for the rulers. Common sense dictates the verdict be accepted in good grace by all sides, suggests Virendra Kapoor.
Why India LOVES ModiRediff.com24 Sep 2020
We love a leader who oozes authority and firmness, notes Virendra Kapoor.
Going to war will cost China and Xi dearRediff.com17 Sep 2020
'How Xi Jinping will withdraw the aggression and justify it to his Communist party in case of a negotiated settlement might be his biggest headache.' 'Unless he is ready to gamble on an armed conflict, whose outcome given India's battle-readiness and determination is always uncertain,' observes Virendra Kapoor.
Will Bihar be a cakewalk for Nitish-NDA?Rediff.com10 Sep 2020
The Opposition grand alliance is proving to be a non-starter, with senior RJD leaders reluctant to be ordered about by an immature and entitled Tejashswi, observes Virendra Kapoor.
Mummy and son hasten Congress's race to extinctionRediff.com3 Sep 2020
Congress members don't want Rahul Gandhi back as party chief. But the problem is that Sonia Gandhi won't have anyone other than her son to take over the Family Firm, notes Virendra Kapoor.
Opinion: SC will score self-goal if Bhushan goes freeRediff.com24 Aug 2020
If Prashant Bhushan were to be allowed to go scot-free, it would open the floodgates for abuse of the courts, argues Virendra Kapoor.
Did Rajasthan tussle scuttle Rahul's return?Rediff.com19 Aug 2020
'Play safe and persist with an ailing Sonia Gandhi as interim chief and wait for an opportune moment to foist the crown prince yet again,' predicts Virendra Kapoor.
India faces no threat from the Ram templeRediff.com12 Aug 2020
'Now that the Ram mandir is done, we need to move on. And grapple with COVID-19, a sputtering economy, a belligerent China...' 'The temple may win a few more elections for the BJP, but by itself it won't solve the nation's growing problems of economic and social distress,' notes Virendra Kapoor.
Why is the CBI still pursuing Advani and Joshi?Rediff.com8 Aug 2020
It cannot be that only in this case the CBI has developed a spine, refusing to heed the advice of its political masters.' 'There is something that does not meet the eye here,' notes Virendra Kapoor.
We can't depend on the US to fight ChinaRediff.com31 Jul 2020
India must be aware that there is no question of the US fighting the Chinese on land. We have to fight our own battles, points out Virendra Kapoor.
Why gangsters like Vikas Dubey become formidableRediff.com17 Jul 2020
'Not unlike politicians who gravitate towards whoever is in power, mafia dons too have a great survival streak, switching loyalty to the party in power,' observes Virendra Kapoor a week after gangster Vikas Dubey was slain in an alleged encounter.
Why the Congress is on the back footRediff.com8 Jul 2020
'Given that the RGF is a family-controlled trust, why would the Congress defend it every time someone accuses it of wrong-doing?' asks Virendra Kapoor.
Modi will inflict pain on China sooner than laterRediff.com26 Jun 2020
'Anyone familiar with Modi's track record will know he never forgets a slight, a betrayal,' notes Virendra Kapoor.
Ladakh standoff unlikely to end soonRediff.com16 Jun 2020
Narrowing of differences on competing territorial claims along the un-demarcated LAC might take weeks, if not months, of hard-nosed negotiations. Without some give and take on both sides, the impasse will be hard to resolve, observes Virendra Kapoor.
COVID-19: Riddle wrapped in enigma inside a mysteryRediff.com11 Jun 2020
'What accounts for the huge difference in death tolls between the most advanced countries and the relatively poorer countries?' mulls Virendra Kapoor.
We need more Rajiv Bajajs in our boardroomsRediff.com8 Jun 2020
'Businessmen like Rajiv render public service when they speak truth to power,' observes Virendra Kapoor.
Border skirmishes: China's strategy to unsettle IndiaRediff.com25 May 2020
'Post the pandemic, when India is turning a new leaf in its economic policy with an eye on foreign capital and global supply chains that are likely to leave China, heightened tensions on the India-China border creates an atmosphere of uncertainty,' observes Virendra Kapoor.
Modi has become a great reformerRediff.com18 May 2020
Whether it took the corona crisis to bring about the transformation, or otherwise, the change ought to be welcome, notes Virendra Kapoor.
Does Modi lack courage about the economy?Rediff.com12 May 2020
'Modi has not lacked courage in the political sphere. It is time he showed it in the economic sphere as well.' 'To do this, he needs to shed the simple-minded nostrums about economic growth and swadeshi that he learnt in the Sangh Parivar,' suggests Virendra Kapoor.
Coming Soon: A Naya Rahul!Rediff.com3 May 2020
'A concerted attempt is afoot to try and create a new image of an intelligent man who knows what he is talking about and is far from the person that his critics in the media and Opposition have often portrayed him to be,' says Virendra Kapoor.
COVID-19: Major decision awaits Modi on May 4Rediff.com27 Apr 2020
Even though he consults chief ministers at regular intervals, the ultimate decision is still his own. He will be blamed, nobody else, if, god forbid, there is a huge spurt in fatalities after the reopening, notes Virendra Kapoor.
India is doing a good job fighting COVID-19Rediff.com19 Apr 2020
'All anecdotal evidence confirms that there has been no noticeable rise in deaths across the country for want of coronavirus tests,' notes Virendra Kapoor.
Congress can't win the people's trust by disrupting ParliamentRediff.com23 Jul 2015
'The Congress has no moral right to throw mud at others. The Gandhis talking of corruption sounds worse than the devil quoting scripture.'
The prima donnas face off in DelhiRediff.com21 Jan 2015
'There is more that is common between Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi than what might separate them. In fact, what divides them can be spelt out in just two words: Clashing ambitions.'
Nehru's legacy holds no electoral dividend for CongressRediff.com18 Nov 2014
The argument that a Bharatiya Janata Party government has no business marking the 125th birth anniversary of Panditji makes little sense, says Virendra Kapoor
Why the NDA government cannot be a one-man showRediff.com14 Oct 2014
A government for 1.25 billion people cannot be a one-man show. Collective decision-making must for good governance, says Virendra Kapoor.
There is no need for meaningless talks with PakRediff.com21 Aug 2014
All those peaceniks and bleeding-heart liberals spewing nonsense about 'uninterrupted and uninterruptible' dialogue with Pakistan should pause to ponder the futility of talking to someone who is unwilling and unready to resile an inch from its unacceptable and unreasonable stand, says Virendra Kapoor.
Narendra Modi ko gussa kyon aata haiRediff.com28 Jul 2014
'It is heartening to know that from Narendra Modi downwards every significant leader in the BJP is angry with the gushers of that nonsense about a 'Hindu Rashtra' or the questioning of Sania Mirza's credentials,' reveals Virendra Kapoor.
How confused Congress leaders are not helping the partyRediff.com1 Jul 2014
Digvijay Singh's questions on Rahul's leadership, Antony's on Congress's secularism are all red herrings, says Virendra Kapoor.
Why the Congress can't survive without the GandhisRediff.com27 May 2014
Reduced to a mere shell of its former glorious self, it now mechanically sticks to the form while substance was frittered away a long time ago, says Virendra Kapoor.
The true importance of Mandate 2014Rediff.com17 May 2014
Let national interest alone be Narendra Modi's guiding principle, says Virendra Kapoor. No personal agendas, no divisive ideas and ideologies, no crony capitalist interests.
We have learnt no lessons from the 1962 defeatRediff.com21 Mar 2014
More than half-a-century after humiliation in the 1962 war, India is still not prepared to take on the Chinese dragon. Every now and then, that dragon flexes its muscles, reminding India the threat persists, says Virendra Kapoor.
Why Chidambaram is a disaster as finance ministerRediff.com5 Feb 2014
'Chidambaram, lots of people argue not without justification, is all about bluff and bluster without any concrete achievement on the ground. His record in the finance ministry fully endorses that view,' argues Virendra Kapoor.
Why Rahul Gandhi got a thumbs-down for his TV interviewRediff.com29 Jan 2014
When you completely lack leadership qualities and have a problem facing the media, it isn't hard to see why Rahul Gandhi gets the bad press he does. In sum, he doesn't have it in him what it takes to be a great leader. Period, says Virendra Kapoor.