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HindustanTimes Wed,23 Jul 2014

Sujata Anandan

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.

Reach for the fruits of power

The Congress is at its nadir and the BJP is at its peak. The former can fall no lower and one is not sure how much more is left for the latter to scale. The best time then is now for these two major parties to shrug off their allies and strike out on their own.

We are no sadhus or saints: Sharad Pawar's words couldn't be truer

Avarice and cupidity have become the bywords these days and putting self before others the new mantra. Why should the politicians be left behind?

For Pawar, Delhi’s still far off

Politics, as they, is the last resort of a scoundrel. Then it goes without saying that there is no place for an honest, sincere man in politics. Ask Prithviraj Chavan, Maharashtra’s chief minister, who has been in the firing line of all party legislators from Day One, even before the Congress’ rout in the Lok Sabha polls.

Mumbai or Pune: your identity shouldn't be a crime

Sujata Anandan draws parallels between two disturbing events in Maharashtra: the disappearance of turbaned Sikh drivers from the streets of Mumbai in 1984 and three decades later, the murder of a young Muslim engineer in Pune.

How many more wickets?

I was wondering about this myself when I found this tweet from Lalu Prasad on my timeline: ‘Why incidents of factional violence only in states due for assembly elections in near future?’

Gopinath Munde was the game-changer in Maharashtra

Sitting in the BJP state headquarters in 1995, I got my first measure of Gopinath Munde. He had already emerged as a firebrand opposition leader in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, taking on the mightiest chief minister of those days, Sharad Pawar.

The Shiv Sena is in a bind

Democracy, truly,  is a great leveller. For me, the more tickling pink part is that at such times irony dies a thousand deaths when traditions are overturned and stated positions are thrown out of the window.

Falling between two stools?

I certainly did not anticipate was this near complete rout for the Congress and the NCP – the only comforting thought is that none of the political parties expected it either and all were considerably shocked at the results.

Sharad Pawar may still hope to be PM

In this high-octane battle between the Congress and the BJP, one tends to forget 'The Great Survivor' - Sharad Pawar - who has been unusually quiet (and exceptionally sweet) to the Congress during the poll process.

Pet hate: why Gujaratis are on Shiv Sena's radar again

 After bashing up north and south Indians, Muslims and other minorities, the party needs a new target. An analysis by Sujata Anandan.

A smooth landing for Pawar

BJP leaders, including Narendra Modi, might dismiss Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s toffee and balloon analogies as the obsession of a child

The grassroots strike back now

Prithviraj Chavan, who is not exactly an admirer of Sharad Pawar, has been pleasantly surprised this election season by the devotion and hard work that the latter has been putting into the campaign.

Why no NaMo chants in Nagpur

Nearly a year ago, Maharashtra minister Nitin Raut, who hails from Nagpur, told me, “Nitin Gadkari ke yahan roz bakre kat rahe hain. Har roz ek biryani party di jaa rahi hai (A goat is sacrificed daily at Nitin Gadkari’s home. He throws biryani parties every day”).
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