The congress is again at a crossroads. Ten years ago, when Sonia Gandhi entered active politics, it was a similar situation, the party seemed to have lost its winning formula, writes Pankaj Vohra.
Modi is the new icon of the saffron brigade and the Congress has to go in for a major revamp of both the cabinet and the party, writes Pankaj Vohra.
No regional or linguistic segment, however strong, should supercede national interests. Parochial politics has no place in India, writes Pankaj Vohra.
Omar Abdullah’s elevation marks the change of guard in the state. This could be a precursor to a similar development at the national level, writes Pankaj Vohra.
The next government could be that of the Fourth Front i.e. parties within these three (UPA, NDA and Third Front) formations may come together in some sort of an arrangement and stake a claim to form the next government, writes Pankaj Vohra.
The Congress, if it is very keen to lead the government with numbers similar to those it has at present, may play its final trump card and propose the name of Sushil Kumar Shinde, a Dalit, for PM. No political party will be able to reject his candidature, writes Pankaj Vohra.
The second list of ministers that came out of the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday appears to have disappointed more people than it has pleased.
The overall leadership of Sonia, Rahul and Manmohan Singh will gain greater strength if the state chief ministers or top functionaries are empowered and given more responsibility, writes Pankaj Vohra.
If the BJP does not shape up and carry out corrective measures by June 20, its relationship with the RSS may come under strain. It will then have to choose between the Advani coterie and the RSS. Pankaj Vohra writes.
He has been licking his wounds all this while and could spring a few surprises if the Congress tally is less than the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP). Pankaj Vohra writes.
The 1971 Lok Sabha and 1972 assembly polls established Indira Gandhi as India’s most charismatic leader. She pressed on with socialist legislation and her left-of-centre policies. Pankaj Vohra writes.
Mohan Bhagwat is keen that a younger leader who works closely with the Sangh to further its ideology heads the BJP, writes Pankaj Vohra.
Mohan Bhagwat’s desire to appear as the Sangh's new Lauh Purush stands rusted and beyond repair. It’s as if a section officer of a ministry was to issue a clarification on a policy statement made by the Prime Minister, writes Pankaj Vohra.
The Telangana issue has also raised questions on whether this was done because someone in the Congress wanted to divert attention from the various scams. Or was this done to finish the late YSR’s influence so that his son Jagan would not inherit his legacy? Pankaj Vohra elaborates.
Though Amar Singh has hinted that he could join some other party, something which contradicts his “more time for family’’ explanation, he can thrive only in the Samajwadi Party, writes Pankaj Vohra.