Narendra Modi’s Gujarat is shining for a handful of corporates. The less privileged people are strangers in their own homeland. Sujata Anandan
Despite the poll predictions, many people in Gujarat are convinced that nothing like a sweep awaits Modi, writes Sujata Anandan
I wonder if anybody remembers Mathura anymore? Her name is part of the annals of Indian jurisprudence and the Mathura rape case, which happened nearly 30 years ago, had led to the last major and truly reformative process in laws relating to women. Sujata Anandan writes.
Women in India are under threat by not just ordinary men who might be potential rapist, but also by those who should be their protectors, donning the mask of decency but violating women nonetheless by such uncharitable thoughts, Sujata Anandan
At the second Brunch Dialogues in October 2012, former censor board chairperson Sharmila Tagore shared an interesting story on how popular culture influences people. Sujata Anandan writes.
When it comes to Pakistan, I am a hawk. I have no patience with the way all Indian governments, including the one led by AB Vajpayee, have been pussyfooting around our neighbour. Sujata Anandan writes.
A friend, well-connected with the RSS in Nagpur, said this to me some months ago, in the thick of allegations of corruption against BJP president Nitin Gadkari: "There was a time when Diwali would be celebrated at Gadkari's home each time he received a call from LK Advani. Today, that's no cause for celebration. Advani may call and call. But no one at the Gadkari residence has any time for the doyen of the BJP."'
A prominent politician from Vidarbha was expressing his concern to me the other day on whether the Congress will be able to retain one of its last bastions – Nagpur – if Nitin Gadkari were to contest the elections from the constituency in 2014. Sujata Anandan writes.
21st century and both the Thackeray cousins need to evolve a fresh new agenda to keep the Marathi manoos from straying or walking straight into the arms of people like Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, writes Sujata Anandan.
Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's 'hail fellow well met' style can be very deceptive. People tend to forget that he was both a cop and a law officer before he became a politician and that while he may have a beautiful smile; he also has some iron teeth. Sujata Anandan writes.
I met Hemant Fitter, a spokesperson of the Gujarat Parivartan Party, for the first time outside a counting centre in Gujarat when he was predicting doom for the Gujarat chief minister. Sujata Anandan writes.
Last week’s Hyderabad blast seems as senseless as 2011’s at Zaveri Bazaar, Mumbai. But it is time agencies were given a free hand to unmask those behind them, writes Sujata Anandan.
Sharad Pawar is no Bal Thackeray and, yet, these days he seems to be behaving increasingly like one – a bully, I mean. Sujata Anandan
As recently as January, a very senior Congress leader from New Delhi, in a private chat with a handful of journalists from Bombay, told us rather cynically, ``If we could fish out someone like Pratibha Patil and bring her in from nowhere, do you think we would ever find it difficult to get our own candidate into Rashtrapati Bhavan again?’’
Sometimes Bal Thackeray can get too big for his boots - and trip over them. There can be no better example of this than when he claimed to have demolished the Babri Masjid - or, at least, claimed pride in its demolition by his Shiv Sainiks. Sujata Anandan writes.