October 2015

Modi, Moody’s and the changing mood

Is Moody’s also ‘sickular’? A research arm of one the world’s leading global ratings agencies has now said what many in India have long been warning the government about. In its report titled, ‘India Outlook: Searching for Potential’, Moody’s Analytics has rung three alarm bells. First, it says, there are “indications that investors have been […..]

Is Pakistan ‘code-word’ for Muslims, Mr Shah?

There is something too clever-by-half about BJP president Amit Shah’s striking comment that “cracker will be burst in celebration in Pakistan” if BJP “by any chance” loses in Bihar. At a very basic level, by directly equating the nation with BJP, the party seems to be indicating that somehow a vote against it may be […..]

Did Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ diversity memo not reach Giriraj?


Invoking Sardar Patel, Prime Minister Modi has once again linked unity and harmony to development, arguing in his latest ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme that ‘peace, harmony and unity’ are the keys to progress (As it happened: PM Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’). It is a welcome message but once again, it seems to have little effect […..]

Amitabh Bachchan doesn’t need a sarkari pension


I am an out and out Amitabh Bachchan fan and he is probably the greatest film star of the last forty years but there is something ridiculous about the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to award him a life-pension of Rs 50,000 award. The pension has been granted under the Uttar Pradesh government’s new pension scheme […..]

Does Sakshi Maharaj know something about Bihar poll we don’t?


Shortly after he and other saffron hotheads were pulled up by BJP president Amit Shah for controversial statements on the Dadri killing and beef bans, Sakshi Maharaj again set the cat among the pigeons by saying that if BJP loses in Bihar it won’t be “Modi’s or Amit Shah’s loss.” There are layers within layers […..]

Supreme Court draws ‘Laxman Rekha’

Not since the Shah Bano case in the mid-1980s have the judiciary and executive faced the kind of stand-off that we are now seeing with a five-judge Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court declaring the National Judicial Appointments Commission and 99th Constitutional Amendment Act “unconstitutional and void”. The Shah Bano case was very different from […..]

Decoding the ‘message’ in Narendra Modi’s message


No one in contemporary Indian politics understands the significance of words, of messaging and of symbolism more than Narendra Modi. As someone who redefined the very idiom of Indian politics largely on the back of his oratory and adroit use of public messaging, what he says is as important as how he says it. Equally […..]