Why don’t political leaderships speak out against goons? Why doesn’t Modi distance himself from the bhakts on social media who try to prove they are More Loyal than the King by abusing in his name?
All politics is, ultimately, local. This axiom was brought home in the last few days as the BJP’s endeavour to win the maximum number of Maharashtra’s 48 Lok Sabha seats was threatened by the Thackeray family-turned-political feud.
I have always said that if MNS chief Raj Thackeray were less dependent on property builders and brokers to run his party and paid more attention to the grassroots, he could soon emerge as formidable a GenNext leader as Sharad Pawar in his time.
India Inc requires a ‘messiah’, a ‘strong leader’ to continue doling out such concessions and ‘sweetheart’ deals. Thus, sections of them self-appoint themselves as the ‘cheerleaders’ of the BJP PM aspirant. Writes Sitaram Yechury.
When people keep voting for politicians regardless of their tainted character, pathetic performance and with no credible expectation of change, then the political leaders probably do look upon the voters as fools, writes Karan Thapar.
You can be among those who love AAP. Or among the ones who dismiss it as a gimmick. But no matter which of those groups you belong to, it’s difficult to mistrust AAP. Or doubt Kejriwal’s honesty, Hindustan Times editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan writes.
Modi’s speeches are truly mesmerising, with their alliterations, rhymes, acronyms and word play. It is impossible to match their awesomeness, but here’s a shaky stab at it:
The Congress, the Trinamool, the AIADMK and the BSP are all parties headed by women. But we don’t see a preponderance of women contesting seats from any of these parties.