HindustanTimes Wed,20 Aug 2014


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.

Diplomatic reations with Pakistan make little sense

Diplomacy is somewhat like choosing where to put your savings. The basket that makes the least sense to be putting one's last few eggs in is the one woven in Islamabad. Chanakya writes.

Everyone's in the driver’s seat as the Third Front idea re-emerges

A coming together of all these disparate formations to constitute a Third Front would be more like the Mad Hatter’s tea party than a credible political forum. Chanakya writes.

And three is a crowd

The elections are not really round the corner, but the talk of political alignments is already in the air. And as always, there will be talk of a Third Front. Chanakya writes.

Not by fear or favour

The real debate on corruption and an effective Lokpal has been obscured by allegations, apologies and angst. This is no way in which to conduct a debate on corruption. Chanakya writes.

As a matter of policy

The movement of the Pensions Bill offers hope that policy is not completely held hostage. The average Indian household faces four hours of outage every day in peak summer. Where do pensions fit in all of this? Read on. Chanakya writes.
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