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6 Reasons Why It's Near Impossible To Defeat Modi

6 Reasons Why It's Near Impossible To Defeat Modi

Rediff.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 Covid

Politics Scores Over Battle Against Covid

Rediff.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 Adityanath

The desire to win elections turns everybody into a Yogi Adityanath

Rediff.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 opinions

Kangana and Vir Das have every right to their opinions

Rediff.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 Forget

This Is The Week Of 26/11: Never Forget

Rediff.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 India

Jail, not bail, is the rule in today's India

Rediff.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 muddle

Gandhis and the Punjab Congress muddle

Rediff.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...

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?

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?

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 worry

Modi has reasons to worry

Rediff.com26 May 2021

But his opponents are making a mistake. They shouldn't be smug, argues Vir Sanghvi.

Sack the guys who screwed up!

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...

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 Rajya

Voters approve of Modi's vision of Ram Rajya

Rediff.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?

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.

Kamala Harris, masala dosa, Modi and Indian Diaspora

Kamala Harris, masala dosa, Modi and Indian Diaspora

Rediff.com27 Aug 2020

As far as people like Kamala Harris are concerned, it's okay to share a culture, but wrong to play domestic Indian politics during American elections,' notes Vir Sanghvi.

Even if BJP loses 2024, unlikely Congress will win

Even if BJP loses 2024, unlikely Congress will win

Rediff.com30 Jul 2020

The Congress seems to have learned nothing from its defeats. At a time when its supporters worry that the idea of India is under attack, the party is still preoccupied with its own battles, notes Vir Sanghvi.

He hasn't had a decent song in years, but Elton John now has a great book

He hasn't had a decent song in years, but Elton John now has a great book

Rediff.com27 Nov 2019

'This is a book written by a man who has seen it all and done it all and can now laugh about it,' says Vir Sanghvi.

Why potato is king of vegetables

Why potato is king of vegetables

Rediff.com12 Nov 2019

There is no other vegetable that can be eaten in any shape, or at any consistency than the potato, says Vir Sanghvi.

How JP helped the RSS

How JP helped the RSS

Rediff.com28 Jun 2019

'Though the RSS honours Sardar Patel, who actually banned it, the real hero in the story of its rise is Jayaprakash Narayan,' says Vir Sanghvi.

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