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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Sujata Anandan

Let down by their own men

The Shiv Sena in the 1960s started essentially as a male-dominated party and its activities were such that it was no place for women. It was not until the 1990s that women in the Shiv Sena came into their own.

Modi's cookie begins to crumble

I was tickled pink to see Modi’s discomfiture at his Goa rally on Sunday where he complained that parties need grassroots ‘vision’ more than television.

Lamb to the slaughter

I must say deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar does know how to take care of his own.

BJP buoyant in North, faces dilemma in South India

Not MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, but the southern and eastern states will determine the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls. India is a very different country down south, writes Sujata Anandan.

The wise man this Christmas

I had wondered how long Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray would be able to hold on to both his hypocrisy and ingratitude — towards Amitabh Bachchan.

Anna has lost the Ramlila magic

It was Anna and Kejriwal together who had captured the imagination of the nation. It is rather sad to see the movement fall apart for petty personal considerations, writes Sujata Anandan.

Pawar’s dependency syndrome

NCP president Sharad Pawar’s paranoia of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s so-called weak leadership is neither new nor even an afterthought.

Maharashtra politics still caste in stone

The fight in Maharashtra now seems to be between blue-blooded Marathas and Kunbi Marathas who are mostly farmers and may, in substantial numbers, come across as poor in comparison to their royal country cousins, writes Sujata Anandan.

There really are no free lunches at Pawar’s table

The most apolitical of all of Thackeray’s heirs, Jaidev has hit the nail on the head when he suggested that instead of pussyfooting on a memorial for the Sena tiger, Sena leaders should buy a plot of land and build a suitable monument on it to commemorate their leader

Shooting the messenger

Even if the BJP is trying to explain the snooping as a ‘protection’ offered to the young woman on her father’s request, we all know the difference between protection and invasion of privacy and the violation of a citizen’s rights, writes Sujata Anandan.

Hitting where it hurts most

One could not agree with Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar more when he reminds Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan that he owes his high office to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Shiv Sena, Ramdas Athawale are spent forces in today's date

Ramdas Athawale had been a firebrand, rabble-rousing leader of his times but by then his influence among the Dalits was waning.

Thackeray was indeed a sarsenapati

Now Thackeray’s heirs, who have so far failed to raise a memorial for their Sarsenapati, have named a trauma care hospital as ‘Hindu Hriday Samrat’ Balasaheb Thackeray Hospital.

The old order changeth

I do not think Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi is right in saying that Bal Thackeray would have shaken up and brought down the Maharashtra government over a memorial for his father writes Sujata Anandan.

Cricket is a power game for Maharashtra politicians

It's not just about money. Numerous cricket clubs across Bombay have a large number of aspiring youth with impressionable minds.
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