HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

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.

The unmasking of Narendra Modi

The Gujarat CM as prime minister seems a less welcome proposition to even Gujaratis unlike what we have been led to believe and LK Advani, however, late seems to have recognised this.

It's too soon to write him off

BS Yeddyurappa can do to the BJP in Karnataka precisely what Sharad Pawar has done to the Congress: play not just kingmaker but also a spoiler.

Bangles no bar

By promoting a patriarchal mindset women are doing a disservice to their cause.

It's déjà vu all over again

Ajit Pawar isn't the first politician to make a crass comment on farmers' plight.

A victim of perception

Agirculture Minister Sharad Pawar's credibility has never been at such a low ebb as now.

Decency is at a discount

Will the word 'politician' ever become synonymous with 'gentleman' in India? Sujata Anandan asks in her weekly column.
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