The success of a Kejriwal or a Bedi will offer hope to the many skilled professionals who might want to take the plunge into formal politics but are wary of being eased out by an unethical, non-meritocratic old order.
Both Modi and Dhoni would probably be seen as the ultimate icons of the neo-middle class. The problem at times is that this class isn’t concerned about the means but only focuses on the end result, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
The decision by the Narendra Modi government to declare Christmas as ‘Good Governance Day’ troubles me: It is a completely unnecessary attempt to confuse the spirit of a festive occasion with political symbolism, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
The rest of India can be won by the promise of good governance; Kashmir needs genuine ‘insaniyat’. Empathy must go beyond symbolic gestures, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
Is ‘conflict of interest’ really a concept that is taken seriously enough, or is BCCI president-in-exile N Srinivasan simply symbolic of a deeper malaise in public life? Asks Rajdeep Sardesai.
It is possible to express a measure of caste pride in harmless ways without expecting it to reap dividends in today’s meritocratic world. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.
The Congress has not reckoned with the kind of politician Narendra Modi is and it seems to be nursing the illusion that power is cyclical and eventually the wheel of political fortune will turn in its favour, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
Only a united opposition and a credible local leadership have any chance of stopping the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah juggernaut, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
The PM has done a splendid job of selling the India story. To take things forward, he will need the support of his ministers, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
Amit Shah must decide which direction he wishes to take the party: Abandon coalition politics or pursue inclusive politics that looks beyond Hindutva. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.
Politicians are notoriously schizophrenic: I have met any number of netas who can be wonderfully warm and polite when they are off camera but turn into rabble-rousing public figures once the camera is switched on, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
Politics too, is experiencing a similar compression in time. So, Narendra Modi’s first 100 days are already being seen as a verdict on his government. A 100 days is just over 14 weeks, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
Shiv Sena needs to spend less time courting controversies and start behaving like a mature political organisation committed to governance. It needs to shed the baggage of the past that is littered with politics of hate, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
If the removal of a governor should not be arbitrary, then neither should the appointment. And the fact is, over the last four decades, stretching back to the 1970s, that is precisely what has happened.
Fans in Kolkata will cheer for Brazil; Mumbai pubs will have screenings; and Goa and Kerala will revolve around a ball. We will celebrate the spirit of the beautiful game even as the national team won’t be playing it yet again. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.