Congress

Capital loss

The fog of war is confusing. The fog of defeat can be even more debilitating: the comfort of denial and convoluted post-rationalisation are its natural offsprings. The Congress response to its stinging defeat in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections has followed a time-worn typescript. Swinging between defensiveness and despair, its official statements have ranged […..]

Dynasty is not enough

When Jahangir was crowned as Mughal emperor in 1605, his first act was to cut down to size his uncle and his father’s closest confidante, Raja Man Singh, who was packed off from court to take over the governorship of Bengal. Uttar Pradesh is not the Mughal empire and Akhilesh, whose boldness and fresh approach […..]

THE IDES OF MODI

Reading the BJP’s defence of Narendra Modi 10 years after the Gujarat riots, it is difficult not to think of the proverbial line from the 1950s novel ‘Go-Between’ about the past being a foreign country. A decade is a long time, especially in the age of tweets and status updates, but can the seductive, shining […..]

TO SLEEP OR NOT TO SLEEP

Eight months after all of India saw the ugly spectacle of the Delhi Police enforcing the full power of the state on Baba Ramdev’s supporters in the capital’s Ramlila Maidan, there is little to quibble with the Supreme Court’s primary finding that the police went overboard with “uncontrolled force”, that some of its teargas-shooting stick-wielding […..]

CONGRESS IN A CASTE

Back in 1990, when the Mandal Commission’s acceptance by the V P Singh government was redrawing the political constellation of Uttar Pradesh and much of North India, Rajiv Gandhi gave an important speech in the Lok Sabha. Constantly interrupted and marked by some of the most barbed exchanges between a Prime Minister and a Leader […..]

2012 AND ITS QUESTIONS

Will 2012 be a better year for India than 2011? As the new year dawns, the big question, in political terms for us as a nation, is whether the next twelve months will bring with them a refreshing change of turn from the depressing year of drift, indecision and dissatisfaction that 2011 turned into? Predicting […..]

CAN’T BAT, CAN’T BOWL, CAN’T FIELD

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The best way to describe the current state of the Manmohan Singh government is the way the journalist Martin Johnson analysed the England cricket team of 1986, as it headed into a gruelling Ashes series after straight losses to India, New Zealand and the West Indies. “There are only three things wrong with the English […..]