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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Rajdeep Sardesai

It’s time for Shiv Sena to grow up

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.

Ruling the roost in Raj Bhavan: do we really need governors?

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.

India high on interest, low on facilities as Fifa World Cup kicks off

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.

Narendra Modi must shun adversarial politics

India cannot afford another bout of endless recrimination and non-cooperation that derails the legislative process. Narendra Modi must shun adversarial politics and attempt a political reconciliation, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Rahul to Akhilesh, Ajit Pawar to media: Modi needs to thank them

When the Gujarat leader writes his blog and thanks the Indian voter, here are a few more thank you cards he should send out, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Box office hit: How Modi managed media focus

The prime minister described the “Modi wave” as a “media creation”. If there is a ‘Modi Wave’ it is because Team Modi has made better use of its election war chest than the Congress, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Choiceless by choice? A NOTA vote is a cop-out

Despite the allure of the none of the above button, I voted for a candidate. At least on voting day, the aam aadmi can feel equal to a khaas aadmi. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Modi needs to look beyond high-profile individuals

Wherever the BJP government is in power, there is more corruption. Modi has started thinking that by promoting a few industrialists and a constant presence in the media, he can take over the nation, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Time for media to turn the gaze inwards

The editor as the gatekeeper of news is being replaced by the editor as fixer or editor as larger-than-life egoistical ‘star’. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

In Indira's image: How Narendra Modi is similar to a Gandhi

It is becoming clearer by the day that Modi’s real role model in the 2014 election is former PM Indira Gandhi. Modi’s approach to politics is not too dissimilar to that of Indira's in 1971, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

AAP’s long-term future will not be decided by TV

This constant media scrutiny of Kejriwal has turned out to be a double edged sword. Yes, it gave him an instant national profile in a crowded political marketplace, but it has also eventually overwhelmed his government.

1984 riots vs 2002 riots: all that matters is accountability

An important minister in the Modi government like Maya Kodnani was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Naroda-Patiya case in Gujarat; in the 1984 violence, no senior Congressman has been convicted. Writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Modi, Rahul, Kejriwal competing to ‘shake up’ the system

A younger, restless India is yearning for ‘change’: is it the promise of change offered by Narendra Modi’s dream of an ‘aspirational India’; is it Rahul Gandhi’s idea of an ‘inclusive India’, or is it Arvind Kejriwal’s notion of an ‘angry’ India? Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

If Kejriwal fails to deliver he may end up victim of his own success

Corruption was the defining agenda of the 1989 polls and VP Singh rode the wave. A year later, the same middle class, attacked his decision to implement the Mandal commission report on OBC reservations, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

There’s reason for cheer: 2014 may be better than 2013

The year 2013 – which we thought would go down as annus horribilis – hasn’t been so bad after all. And the good news is that 2014 maybe even better, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
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