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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

Vir Sanghvi

A view of India based on hatred

Why should a generation that had no real experience of Nehru’s style of governance feel anger and bitterness towards a man whom most independent historians regard as one of the great figures of the 20th century? Asks Vir Sanghvi.

We need to rethink our 21st century idea of India

We need to rethink our idea of India. As the diaspora spreads and grows in influence, it will become a more important contributor to Indian political discourse (and abuse), writes Vir Sanghvi.

No low tide for Modi, bypolls mark defeat of BJP's hardcore wing

Every time the BJP comes to power, there is a battle for the heart and soul of the party. The best way to understand the by-election results is to view them from the perspective of this battle, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Forget sentiment, India shouldn't meddle in Pak’s internal squabbles

Pakistan is a separate, distinct, independent country. How it organises its internal affairs is no business of ours. We must deal with whoever comes to power in Pakistan, no matter how they got there, writes Vir Sanghvi.

No scoop lost in missing this flight

It's nobody’s loss if the media do not travel on the PM’s plane: not the PM’s, and not the media’s. And it certainly makes no difference to the Indian reader or viewer, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Congress would damage its own future if it supports Third Front

If the BJP gets at least 50 seats more than the Congress, which now seems certain, then the Congress should accept defeat with grace and dignity, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Manmohan had become a one-issue prime minister

The Indo-US nuclear deal is the event that transformed the PM, fooling him into believing he was invincible. Without the changes that followed the deal, UPA 2 might have gone very differently, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Economy as an issue takes front seat this election

People are finally arguing about merits of a particular model of development rather than about identity and sentiment. That's the interesting thing about these elections, writes Vir Sanghvi.

This vote bank is gone: how Congress lost the middle class

One thing seems certain: the Congress has lost the educated middle class. Every single poll shows this and all of us in the middle class have heard our friends and neighbours talk, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Arvind Kejriwal makes Narendra Modi his rival No 1

In recent weeks, Kejriwal seems to have written off the Congress. His resignation is part of AAP’s plan to oppose Narendra Modi and occupy the space vacated by the Congress, writes Vir Sanghvi. In first LS list, AAP takes on Cong's big guns, mum on Modi opponent

Arvind Kejriwal, no more than a vote-bank politician?

Two separate polls conducted by respected agencies suggest that AAP is no more than a Delhi regional party. Outside the Capital it will win hardly three or four seats (if that) and even in large metros it will not repeat its Delhi performance.

Why Congress must fear AAP more than Modi effect

Narendra Modi does make a difference but it is still not clear just how great his impact is. The Aam Aadmi Party represents a greater threat to the Congress than any Modi effect with its stunning showing in this election. Vir Sanghvi writes. No Modi waves, only ripples | Delhi stares at election replay

BJP’s war within has just begun

The rebels are united by their conviction that Advani, having run the party like an extension of his family, is now trying to ensure that his cronies continue to run the party in perpetuity. Vir Sanghvi writes.

India, China and Tibet

Our response to the Beijing Olympics is far too complex to be caricatured as support or opposition. Nearly all of us empathise with the Tibetans, writes Vir Sanghvi.
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