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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Chanakya

CSAT to GM food: Govt must stop surrendering to street protesters

The NDA is as vulnerable to street protests, whether from within the formation or outside it, as its predecessor was. Instead of capitulating, it must stand by its convictions, writes Chanakya.

Budget 2014: Before the achhe din, here comes the big squeeze

Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s first budget will hold out cues on how the govt plans to deliver on some of its poll promises. It can well kick off the economy’s great come-from-behind feat.

BJP has to leave no room for doubt about its intentions

The government should use its media skills and make its position clear on issues like the temple and the situation of the minorities. Otherwise, the Hindutva loony fringe will triumph, writes Chanakya.

For Modi, it's a beginning in line with the mandate

It was essential to give a young nation a youthful cabinet, and this was done, at least in relative terms. After promises of minimum government, Modi had to keep things tight.

Jaya, Maya, Mamata may hold the aces after May 16

J Jayalalithaa, Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati, if all goes according to current trends, will make or break the fortunes of the person who aspires to the throne in Delhi.

Elections have become a no-holds-barred slugfest

It is trivia rather than substance which rules the roost today. Epithets like ‘shehzada’ and ‘maut ka saudagar’ enter the popular consciousness far easier than reasoned arguments, writes Chanakya.

Old may be wise but young ain’t stupid

As we age, our faculties also dim and our netas ought not to make crucial decisions while somewhat incapacitated. Thus we need to be privy to their medical condition just like that of the US president.

Political inheritance is no longer a birthright

‘Blood is thicker than water’ — this was the presiding dictum in Indian politics for as long as I can remember. If you got a foothold into politics, it was up to you to bring in family members, people you could trust with your life and career.

Women’s Bill? Who are we kidding now?

The Congress, the Trinamool, the AIADMK and the BSP are all parties headed by women. But we don’t see a preponderance of women contesting seats from any of these parties.

AAP leader Kejriwal is recycling old whines in new bottles

Arvind Kejriwal had no intention of bringing in good governance in Delhi. I am beginning to wonder if Kejriwal really has something to tell us beyond lashing out at people.

'Jaya hoping to win as many seats as possible by freeing Rajiv Killers'

The fact that, if you are a murderer but of a particular ethnicity, there will be a political leader who will plead that you walk free for political gains, sends out a wrong signal.

Crass and violent behaviour over Telangana issue wasn't called for

I can only hope that some poor deluded nation does not decide to send a study team, the sort we regularly send out from here, to come and observe Indian democracy at close quarters in Parliament. Because the hapless team will go back stunned at how our Parliament works at times.

Third alternative idea is based on wrong assumptions and a statistical impossibility

No alliance can cross the halfway mark in the Lok Sabha without the support of either of the two big parties. And despite their projected resistance, the fact is that all these parties have happily cohabited with both the national parties on various occasions.

Don’t blame Raghuram Rajan for economic slowdown

The primary reason for the dismal rate of growth is the collapse of the investment cycle. The reasons for this collapse can be traced back to the political economy. Chanakya writes.

BJP has a strong leader in Modi who can carry the day

If Narendra Modi continues to chart his own course, he will have gone where no BJP leader has dared go before. He will have let the BJP take its first baby steps without the RSS at its elbow. Chanakya writes.
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