All stories by Vir Sanghvi
When A President Disliked A PMRediff.com7 Apr 2023
How could a President, seen as a political time-server, have manoeuvred things to a stage where he could strike fear into the heart of a prime minister who, only two-and-a-half years before, had been elected with the largest majority in history?
Situation in Punjab is more dangerous than it seemsRediff.com3 Apr 2023
This is a challenge India's political establishment will have to face unitedly, without looking for electoral benefit, warns Vir Sanghvi.
Foreign Media: Enemy Of India?Rediff.com6 Mar 2023
Much of the the-foreign-media-is-biased hysteria that we see on social media these days is provoked by the bad press the regime is getting in the West, points out Vir Sanghvi.
Airline Staff Are NOT Your Servants!Rediff.com3 Jan 2023
Talk to any member of the cabin crew on any Indian airline and you will hear the worst horror stories. Almost always, the targets of abuse in the air are female staff members who are called 'servants' or worse, points out Vir Sanghvi.
Can Flyweight Kejriwal Be A Hindu Hriday Samrat?Rediff.com7 Nov 2022
How did Arvind Kejriwal, a one-time votary of secularism, turn into a bargain-basement version of Narendra Modi, wonders Vir Sanghvi.
6 Reasons Why It's Near Impossible To Defeat ModiRediff.com5 Apr 2022
It may well be possible to defeat Modi. But nobody seems to know how, points out Vir Sanghvi.
Politics Scores Over Battle Against CovidRediff.com28 Jan 2022
Politics, bureaucracy, ineptitude, double-standards and an attempt to politicise the fight in pseudo-nationalistic terms have all hampered the fight against this deadly virus, says Vir Sanghvi.
The desire to win elections turns everybody into a Yogi AdityanathRediff.com4 Jan 2022
Nobody of consequence from the BJP condemned the lynchings. Nor have the Akalis. Nor has the Aam Aadmi Party. And nor, for that matter, have Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi who are now deeply immersed in Punjab politics, observes Vir Sanghvi.
Kangana and Vir Das have every right to their opinionsRediff.com7 Dec 2021
By sacrificing an important component of the right to free speech, we have strengthened the hands of the fundamentalists, the bigots and the publicity-seeking goondas. And of the hate-filled political establishment, points out Vir Sanghvi.
This Is The Week Of 26/11: Never ForgetRediff.com22 Nov 2021
In India, the anniversary of 26/11 comes and goes with only the bare minimum of remembrance. We don't even bother very much about honouring those who acted with great bravery that day, rues Vir Sanghvi.
Jail, not bail, is the rule in today's IndiaRediff.com29 Oct 2021
It is not just the weak who are harmed by the judicial process's failure to grant bail. Any high profile person can be made to spend weeks in jail while the arresting authority shouts and preens for the TV cameras, says Vir Sanghvi.
Gandhis and the Punjab Congress muddleRediff.com29 Jul 2021
When events like these take place, it is easy for the BJP to portray the Gandhis as latter-day versions of the Borgias or Medicis, who toy with their nobles and promote favourites, points out Vir Sanghvi.
When Dilip Kumar met Vajpayee...Rediff.com8 Jul 2021
It is to Vajpayee's credit that he told Dilip Kumar to ignore Thackeray and to follow his own conscience. But the episode -- as indeed, the manner in which Dilip Kumar has been made to pay for being a Muslim throughout his life -- shames us all as Indians, says Vir Sanghvi.
Is Modi copying Indira's Emergency textbook?Rediff.com26 Jun 2021
'Consider Mrs Gandhi's view of her opponents: Traitors, anti-nationals, rumour-mongers.' Does the spirit of the Emergency-era Indira Gandhi still rule India? asks Vir Sanghvi.
What if it is not Modi vs Rahul in 2024?Rediff.com23 Jun 2021
It won't be wise old Modi versus an immature Pappu any longer. It will be Modi versus a whole collection of experienced Opposition leaders, predicts Vir Sanghvi.
Modi has reasons to worryRediff.com26 May 2021
But his opponents are making a mistake. They shouldn't be smug, argues Vir Sanghvi.
Sack the guys who screwed up!Rediff.com21 Apr 2021
You need, first of all, to figure out how we messed it all up so badly. You need to fix accountability. None of that is happening, says Vir Sanghvi.
Weaponising Hinduism will win elections, but...Rediff.com30 Dec 2020
'...It won't help the party run a peaceful and equitable India,' warns Vir Sanghvi.
Voters approve of Modi's vision of Ram RajyaRediff.com23 Nov 2020
This is something that Modi's critics are reluctant to accept: He is the most popular leader that India has seen since Indira Gandhi, says Vir Sanghvi.
Why is Modi still so popular?Rediff.com1 Oct 2020
Will a time come when people will look beyond what they see as Modi'S strengths and begin to wonder why they have got poorer or sicker under his rule, asks Vir Sanghvi.