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Rajdeep Sardesai
Rajdeep Sardesai
  • In an age where a film is declared a hit or a flop on the first weekend’s performance, politicians too are finding their ratings being judged in a compressed timeframe. Narendra Modi was elected prime minister for five years, but he has already had to go through a series of early tests: 100 days, 200 and then 300 days, now his impending first year anniversary have all become occasions for the media to rate his performance. It is almost as if he is facing a constant agni-pariksha.
  • May 14, 2015 23:30 IST

    One year of Modi sarkar: Mismatch between expectations and reality

    In an age where a film is declared a hit or a flop on the first weekend’s performance, politicians too are finding their ratings being judged in a compressed timeframe. Narendra Modi was elected prime minister for five years, but he has already had to go through a series of early tests: 100 days, 200 and then 300 days, now his impending first year anniversary have all become occasions for the media to rate his performance. It is almost as if he is facing a constant agni-pariksha.

  • Apr 30, 2015 21:09 IST

    Both sides of the TV screen: Insensitive at times yet important

    They can be insensitive at times, but television news channels are still seen as the first information report for news

  • Apr 16, 2015 22:07 IST

    Dear politicians, stop this malicious anti-media campaign

    This is, it seems, open season for name calling against the media. The Union minister and former army chief, General VK Singh, describes journalists as ‘presstitutes’.

  • Apr 02, 2015 22:50 IST

    Losing semi-final is not ‘national shame’, farmer suicide is

    On the night before India’s World Cup semi-finals with Australia, I innocently tweeted: ‘Heart with India, head with Australia.’ Within minutes, followers on my twitter account were enraged.

  • Mar 19, 2015 22:28 IST

    AAP politics: The khichdi has now begun to smell

    Almost every political party in India is run by a family or an individual. To have expected AAP to be different was just an illusion, Rajdeep Sardesia writes.

  • Mar 05, 2015 21:39 IST

    How Rahul never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity

    Rahul Gandhi’s political career has been a case-study in never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity

  • Feb 19, 2015 22:01 IST

    It's too early to consider Kejriwal as magnet of anti-BJP forces

    Kejriwal’s win in Delhi has dented Modi’s invincibility, but it is too soon for him to become a rallying point for anti-BJP forces.

  • Feb 05, 2015 22:56 IST

    Delhi polls a ‘class war’ between ‘mufflerman’ and supreme leader

    The contrasting moods suggest that the 2015 Delhi elections are reflective of a growing class divide. Upper income groups seem to be drawn to the BJP while the poorer sections of society are attracted to AAP, writes Rajdeep Sardesai

  • Jan 22, 2015 23:08 IST

    Kejriwal vs Bedi: fascinating window in Indian politics

    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.

  • Jan 09, 2015 23:44 IST

    Fire in the belly: Both Dhoni and Modi are real gamechangers

    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.

  • Dec 25, 2014 22:23 IST

    Good Governance Day sends wrong message on Xmas

    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.

  • Dec 11, 2014 21:08 IST

    Space for change in Kashmir, but BJP may miss the chance

    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.

  • Nov 27, 2014 22:15 ISTBeyond the bite

    Game is to hide: Srinivasan symbolic of deeper rot

    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.

  • Nov 14, 2014 22:50 ISTBeyond the bite

    Identity is not always destiny

    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.

  • Oct 30, 2014 22:56 IST

    Rahul Gandhi has to lead his troops

    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.