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HindustanTimes Wed,01 Oct 2014

Sujata Anandan

The Maharashtra split: No love lost in this break up

It is my opinion that the breakup of the BJP-Sena and Congress-NCP alliances was the best thing that could happen to the people of Maharashtra, writes Sujata Anandan.

Shiv Sena and BJP: How they married and divorced

The Shiv Sena must save its existence and the BJP needs to marginalise its ally to shed its dependence. The divorce was bound to happen, writes Sujata Anandan.

Divide and rule is order of the day

When former Maharashtra minister Chandrakant Tripathi was planning to quit NCP and rejoin the Congress in the 1980s, a war broke out among the Uttar Bharatiya community in Mumbai.

NCP’s truly dangerous game this election season

To defeat the Congress, the BJP then needs it to remain in an alliance with the NCP and perhaps that is the reason why Chavan is keen to go it alone at the Maharashtra assembly elections, writes Sujata Anandan.

Uddhav Thackeray should show more spine

I wish the Shiv Sena chief would show more spine in the wake of the bypoll results. Now is the time to shed his politeness and let the BJP know who needs who the more, writes Sujata Anandan.

Mamu Modi is no Chacha Nehru

It was very obvious why Modi appropriated a day meant for teachers to impose his thoughts on children: he wished to superimpose himself upon Pandit Nehru and obliterate Chacha Nehru from the memories of children, writes Sujata Anandan.

Still caste in stone

Shiv Sena’s snatch-and-grab attitudes, scant attention to education and academic accomplishments and reliance on muscle power and activities bordering on the unsavoury have indeed set back many of Thackeray’s supporters.

Raj Thackeray is no Modi

It took 30 years for Bal Thackeray to reduce himself from a terror to a tamasha; it has taken his nephew Raj Thackeray just five.

How Nehru influenced the making of Gandhi

Richard Attenborough had no study of Mahatma Gandhi to go by in 1959 when he had first decided to make the film on Gandhi and had approached Jawaharlal Nehru for some details.

Not for the faint-hearted

I would not have thought the dour and foxy PV Narasimha Rao could have had a sense of humour. But I have been forever amused by a very funny anecdote he related in his book, The Insider, writes Sujata Anandan.

Greed and Govinda: poverty and politics in Mumbai's Dahi Handi

Dahi Handis are competitive and the prize money for breaking a particular handi runs into crores. Each year I am terrified as I drive past these children on human pyramids on my way to work, writes Sujata Anandan.

Sharad Pawar is hungry to win Maharastra polls

For a bunch of potential losers who feel it in their bones that they may not be winning the upcoming assembly poll, the Congress and the NCP sure seem to be grasping at straws in the run-up to the seat-sharing ahead of the polls.

Shiv Vada Pav, anyone?

When a bunch of rowdy Shiv Sena MPs, some with colourful criminal records, attempted to shove a chapati down the throat of a fasting Muslim caterer at the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi last week, it suggested many things about a political party that has essentially not been able to grow out of its limited local appeal.

The Congress’ ‘ekla chalo’ test

Allies have done the Congress more harm than good, especially when the party was in power at the Centre for a decade. The Congress could do well to lighten the burden of its allies.

Guru of controversy: Ramdev threatens to become NDA's Rasputin

Back in the days when I was somewhat obsessed with Ramdev’s alternative therapies, a minister in the Maharashtra cabinet had warned me about being too taken in by the yoga guru, Sujata Anandan writes.
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