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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

Sujata Anandan

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.

It's not rosy for Modi

There were too many voices against the Gujarat Chief Minister during the state election for them not to count for something.

PM's not the target

As chief minister of Maharashtra, Sushilkumar Shinde, now the Union home minister, had once tied up the saffron parties in knots. Sujata Anandan writes.

Why Raj Thackeray gets away with his politics of hate

The Shiv Sena, as is well known, is a creation of the Congress – Bal Thackeray could never have come as far as he has if in the initial years of his career he had not received active encouragement and funding from Congress stalwarts in Maharashtra who had a vested interest in boosting his pro-Marathi and anti-Communist agenda. Sujata Anandan writes.

For a few votes more

The official website of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena says Raj Thackeray’s grandfather, Prabodhankar, was born at Panvel in Raigad district. That’s as close to Bombay as it gets. But that is also as close to a lie as can be told.

A clever political strategist

I must say Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is delightfully obtuse. Or else he is deliberately disingenuous. Sujata Anandan writes.

The politics of humour

"What will India do if the Pakistani army goes for first strike?" a reporter in Bombay had asked Sharad Pawar soon after he became Union defence minister in 1991. Sujata Anandan writes.

Crying wolf, again?

You have to hand it to Sharad Pawar - he sure knows how to have his cake and eat it too. He also knows how to kill two birds with a single stone. Sujata Anandan writes.

Like uncle, unlike nephew

Several weeks before the irrigation scam broke, I was told by an unimpeachable source that former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s war chest is now bigger than that of Sharad Pawar and he does not really need his uncle for anything anymore ---- he was ready to strike out on his own. Sujata Anandan writes.

With friends like these…

Sometime in the early 1990s when the Shiv Sena and the BJP were yet in the opposition, both at the Centre and in Maharashtra, then state finance minister Ramrao Adik had accorded a lot of concessions to the tobacco industry in one of his annual budgets.
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