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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Apr 2014

Rajdeep Sardesai

Choiceless by choice? A NOTA vote is a cop-out

Despite the allure of the none of the above button, I voted for a candidate. At least on voting day, the aam aadmi can feel equal to a khaas aadmi. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Modi needs to look beyond high-profile individuals

Wherever the BJP government is in power, there is more corruption. Modi has started thinking that by promoting a few industrialists and a constant presence in the media, he can take over the nation, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Time for media to turn the gaze inwards

The editor as the gatekeeper of news is being replaced by the editor as fixer or editor as larger-than-life egoistical ‘star’. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

In Indira's image: How Narendra Modi is similar to a Gandhi

It is becoming clearer by the day that Modi’s real role model in the 2014 election is former PM Indira Gandhi. Modi’s approach to politics is not too dissimilar to that of Indira's in 1971, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

AAP’s long-term future will not be decided by TV

This constant media scrutiny of Kejriwal has turned out to be a double edged sword. Yes, it gave him an instant national profile in a crowded political marketplace, but it has also eventually overwhelmed his government.

1984 riots vs 2002 riots: all that matters is accountability

An important minister in the Modi government like Maya Kodnani was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Naroda-Patiya case in Gujarat; in the 1984 violence, no senior Congressman has been convicted. Writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Modi, Rahul, Kejriwal competing to ‘shake up’ the system

A younger, restless India is yearning for ‘change’: is it the promise of change offered by Narendra Modi’s dream of an ‘aspirational India’; is it Rahul Gandhi’s idea of an ‘inclusive India’, or is it Arvind Kejriwal’s notion of an ‘angry’ India? Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

If Kejriwal fails to deliver he may end up victim of his own success

Corruption was the defining agenda of the 1989 polls and VP Singh rode the wave. A year later, the same middle class, attacked his decision to implement the Mandal commission report on OBC reservations, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

There’s reason for cheer: 2014 may be better than 2013

The year 2013 – which we thought would go down as annus horribilis – hasn’t been so bad after all. And the good news is that 2014 maybe even better, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Six degrees of separation: why it's tough for Rahul to learn from AAP

Unlike Aam Admi Party's Arvind Kejriwal, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi can afford to take the long view of politics because he has a legacy to cocoon him from reverses. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Kejriwal and Modi - bringing politics back to the common man

Though they are as similar as chalk and cheese, but both Arvind Kejriwal and Narendra Modi have tried to create the basis for a new form of 'us' versus 'them' anti-establishment politics. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Banning of opinion polls is not a way forward

The culture of seeking a ban on opinion polls is a reflection of a belief that this is the best way to control information flow. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Confront these painful truths about communalism

It is much easier to engage in a zero-sum high decibel game of 1984 versus 2002 than rehabilitating victims of mass violence. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Something’s got to give

For those who had been affected by Partition, the love-hate relationship with the ‘other side’ was connected with their collective memories of childhood. Rajdeep Sardesai elaborates.

Drowning things out

Rather than confront a difficult situation, the elite and middle class of Mumbai have chosen the soft option: living in a bubble, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
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