HindustanTimes Fri,21 Nov 2014

Rajdeep Sardesai

Identity is not always destiny

It is possible to express a measure of caste pride in harmless ways without expecting it to reap dividends in today’s meritocratic world. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Rahul Gandhi has to lead his troops

The Congress has not reckoned with the kind of politician Narendra Modi is and it seems to be nursing the illusion that power is cyclical and eventually the wheel of political fortune will turn in its favour, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Assembly elections verdict is out: it's Narendra Modi vs the rest

Only a united opposition and a credible local leadership have any chance of stopping the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah juggernaut, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

To move forward, Modi needs entire team's support

The PM has done a splendid job of selling the India story. To take things forward, he will need the support of his ministers, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

BJP at the crossroads: What the party can learn from bypolls results

Amit Shah must decide which direction he wishes to take the party: Abandon coalition politics or pursue inclusive politics that looks beyond Hindutva. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Conundrum of modern political life: A leader's two sides

Politicians are notoriously schizophrenic: I have met any number of netas who can be wonderfully warm and polite when they are off camera but turn into rabble-rousing public figures once the camera is switched on, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Modi's fine words must be followed by firm action

Politics too, is experiencing a similar compression in time. So, Narendra Modi’s first 100 days are already being seen as a verdict on his government. A 100 days is just over 14 weeks, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

It’s time for Shiv Sena to grow up

Shiv Sena needs to spend less time courting controversies and start behaving like a mature political organisation committed to governance. It needs to shed the baggage of the past that is littered with politics of hate, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Ruling the roost in Raj Bhavan: do we really need governors?

If the removal of a governor should not be arbitrary, then neither should the appointment. And the fact is, over the last four decades, stretching back to the 1970s, that is precisely what has happened.

India high on interest, low on facilities as Fifa World Cup kicks off

Fans in Kolkata will cheer for Brazil; Mumbai pubs will have screenings; and Goa and Kerala will revolve around a ball. We will celebrate the spirit of the beautiful game even as the national team won’t be playing it yet again. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Narendra Modi must shun adversarial politics

India cannot afford another bout of endless recrimination and non-cooperation that derails the legislative process. Narendra Modi must shun adversarial politics and attempt a political reconciliation, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Rahul to Akhilesh, Ajit Pawar to media: Modi needs to thank them

When the Gujarat leader writes his blog and thanks the Indian voter, here are a few more thank you cards he should send out, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Box office hit: How Modi managed media focus

The prime minister described the “Modi wave” as a “media creation”. If there is a ‘Modi Wave’ it is because Team Modi has made better use of its election war chest than the Congress, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.

Choiceless by choice? A NOTA vote is a cop-out

Despite the allure of the none of the above button, I voted for a candidate. At least on voting day, the aam aadmi can feel equal to a khaas aadmi. Rajdeep Sardesai writes.

Modi needs to look beyond high-profile individuals

Wherever the BJP government is in power, there is more corruption. Modi has started thinking that by promoting a few industrialists and a constant presence in the media, he can take over the nation, writes Rajdeep Sardesai.
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