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HindustanTimes Wed,22 Oct 2014

Chanakya

'Jaya hoping to win as many seats as possible by freeing Rajiv Killers'

The fact that, if you are a murderer but of a particular ethnicity, there will be a political leader who will plead that you walk free for political gains, sends out a wrong signal.

Crass and violent behaviour over Telangana issue wasn't called for

I can only hope that some poor deluded nation does not decide to send a study team, the sort we regularly send out from here, to come and observe Indian democracy at close quarters in Parliament. Because the hapless team will go back stunned at how our Parliament works at times.

Third alternative idea is based on wrong assumptions and a statistical impossibility

No alliance can cross the halfway mark in the Lok Sabha without the support of either of the two big parties. And despite their projected resistance, the fact is that all these parties have happily cohabited with both the national parties on various occasions.

Don’t blame Raghuram Rajan for economic slowdown

The primary reason for the dismal rate of growth is the collapse of the investment cycle. The reasons for this collapse can be traced back to the political economy. Chanakya writes.

BJP has a strong leader in Modi who can carry the day

If Narendra Modi continues to chart his own course, he will have gone where no BJP leader has dared go before. He will have let the BJP take its first baby steps without the RSS at its elbow. Chanakya writes.

Third Front with AAP leading could do the needed trick

A third front with regional leaders has an inbuilt self-destruct mechanism. But if AAP, shorn of any ideology, were to be its guiding light, god knows, it just might work, writes Chanakya.

Ready, steady, slow, Cong sets off

The Congress was the original party of the aam aadmi. But thanks to its cavalier attitude and lethargy, AAP picked up the term and ran with it. And with spectacular success. Chanakya writes.

Netas cannot be a different species lording it over us anymore

The Politician can no longer come up with omnibus promises . He has to get down to the wire and address specific issues. Big talk of national good no longer finds any resonance. Chanakya writes.

Narendra Modi must go beyond Congress bashing

The BJP is not short on talent. Why does its PM candidate Narendra Modi not put himself onto the backburner for a bit and tell the people about the talent he has in his armoury? Chanakya writes.

Kejriwal should be exploring all viable options for forming a govt

Why is Kejriwal, who came riding on his steed, felling mighty oaks along the way not putting together a government? It was a mandate for change, and it was very much a mandate for the AAP. Chanakya writes.

There are no takers for crumbs from the high table

The recent assembly elections, especially the stunning showing by the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, have shown that the dialogue between the ruled and ruler is now one of equals.

Tehelka case is highly unacceptable, unconscionable

Instead of just reporting and commenting on it, the media would do themselves a huge favour by turning the gaze inwards and make the work atmosphere safe for their women employees.

Is AAP any different from other political parties?

If the Aam Aadmi Party wins, it will be because it is no different from other political parties, it will be because it is yet another cynical political formation. Chanakya writes.

Omar Abdullah should stop being a ‘spectacular inaction’

The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and his ministers must impress on Kashmiris how much better it is to be part of the Indian growth story than the Pakistani jihadi story. Chanakya writes.

Big ideas? Don’t hold your breath

Narendra Modi says that we will take a tough stand with China. Are we in a position to do so? Rahul Gandhi talks of the ISI reaching out to our youth? Does he have any proof? Chanakya writes.
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