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Time for Centre-Farmers to reconcile

Time for Centre-Farmers to reconcile

Rediff.com5 days ago

Given the worsening security scenario in Kashmir, we cannot afford to have a restive Punjab with its peasantry up in arms against the central government, argues Virendra Kapoor.

Will Amarinder Take His Revenge Now?

Will Amarinder Take His Revenge Now?

Rediff.com30 Sep 2021

Revenge he will exact from a party he had led with great aplomb until the Gandhi siblings stepped in and, in order to show who was the boss, flung him aside, observes Virendra Kapoor.

Will Farmers Defeat BJP?

Will Farmers Defeat BJP?

Rediff.com21 Sep 2021

Extended rounds of negotiations having failed, farm leaders now reckon that their best chance to pressure the government lay in defeating the BJP in the coming assembly poll, particularly in UP, observes Virendra Kapoor.

When will Modi announce a Caste Census?

When will Modi announce a Caste Census?

Rediff.com1 Sep 2021

The caste census has already become a hot-button issue. Unless settled earlier, it will echo loudly in the coming assembly elections and eventually in the 2024 parliamentary poll, notes Virendra Kapoor.

Afghanistan: America Forsakes Friends, Allies

Afghanistan: America Forsakes Friends, Allies

Rediff.com31 Aug 2021

Remember the US withdrawal agreement was signed in February 2020. In the intervening period, a proper evacuation plan ought to have been in place. It was not. Consequently, tens of thousands of Afghans who had worked as interpreters, drivers, suppliers of goods and services, etc, face brutal retribution from the Taliban, Virendra Kapoor points out.

The Illusion of Opposition Unity

The Illusion of Opposition Unity

Rediff.com20 Aug 2021

There was near unanimity among the guests at the Sibal dinner that the country is ready for a change, that the ruling party has lost popularity. However in the same breath speaker after speaker lamented that without Opposition unity Modi could as well win a third successive term, reveals Virendra Kapoor.

UP 2022 is so IMPORTANT for Modi

UP 2022 is so IMPORTANT for Modi

Rediff.com13 Aug 2021

The outcome in UP is far more significant than in the other states going to the polls next year. An unlikely setback in UP can cramp the Modi government, virtually making it a lame-duck two years ahead of the 2024 parliamentary poll, observes Virendra Kapoor.

Mamata's Delhi visit jolts Gandhis

Mamata's Delhi visit jolts Gandhis

Rediff.com2 Aug 2021

The fear that Mamata might snatch the mantle of Opposition leadership which the Gandhis firmly believe to be theirs by birthright seems to have persuaded Sonia and Rahul to give up their hoity-toity ways, observes Virendra Kapoor.

Snooping has been around for ages

Snooping has been around for ages

Rediff.com29 Jul 2021

The Orwellian surveillance State is here. And here to stay, asserts Virendra Kapoor.

India must prepare for the Taliban threat

India must prepare for the Taliban threat

Rediff.com24 Jul 2021

The Taliban will view India through the eyes of the ISI and can be relied upon to undertake hostile actions against this country, warns Virendra Kapoor.

Modi's Surgical Strike

Modi's Surgical Strike

Rediff.com12 Jul 2021

Modi seems to have an innate faith in his capabilities to handle the myriad challenges confronting the nation and would rather manage the affairs of the nation as a CEO would of a large industrial-business empire, observes Virendra Kapoor.

Why Modi is unperturbed by Pawar's meeting

Why Modi is unperturbed by Pawar's meeting

Rediff.com28 Jun 2021

Pawar and his Manch can deliberate to their hearts' content, but so long as the Congress does not play ball the BJP has little to worry, asserts Virendra Kapoor.

Ideal moment for Opposition to strike against Modi

Ideal moment for Opposition to strike against Modi

Rediff.com26 Jun 2021

For the first time in seven years the prime minister finds himself at his most vulnerable, observes Virendra Kapoor.

What Modi must do in the next 3 years

What Modi must do in the next 3 years

Rediff.com1 Jun 2021

As and when the pandemic recedes from these shores, rebuilding the economy will be the biggest challenge for Modi in the remaining three years of his term, observes Virendra Kapoor.

2024: Modi is going nowhere

2024: Modi is going nowhere

Rediff.com24 May 2021

It is too early to write Narendra Modi's political obituary, asserts Virendra Kapoor.

UP outcome will impact national politics

UP outcome will impact national politics

Rediff.com12 May 2021

The Bengal outcome can have a marginal impact on national politics. Whereas elections in UP next year might still change the course ahead of the parliamentary poll in 2024, observes Virendra Kapoor.

Will Pawar ditch Uddhav after May 2?

Will Pawar ditch Uddhav after May 2?

Rediff.com16 Apr 2021

There is growing talk of a realignment of forces in Maharashtra after May 2 when the results of West Bengal and other four states would be in, notes Virendra Kapoor.

Nothing can break police-politician nexus

Nothing can break police-politician nexus

Rediff.com30 Mar 2021

The police in every state teems with officers like Sachin Vaze, observes Virendra Kapoor.

Modi and his ministers need a thick skin

Modi and his ministers need a thick skin

Rediff.com26 Mar 2021

A wise politician would disarm his critics, try to take them along, co-opt them, or, at least, take the criticism in his stride. Developing a thick skin ought to be an essential part of any politician's toolkit, notes Virendra Kapoor.

Long live vote-bank politics!

Long live vote-bank politics!

Rediff.com12 Mar 2021

Upholding principles was a luxury when there were charismatic leaders capable of winning elections without stooping low to indulge in identity politics, observes Virendra Kapoor.

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