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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Sujata Anandan

Rajmohan Gandhi or Narendra Modi, take your pick

I believe the Aam Aadmi Party could have no better candidate to field against Narendra Modi than Rajmohan Gandhi. He would be a more formidable candidate than Arvind Kejriwal against Modi.

There are few options for Pawar

For all his ‘hail-fellow-well-met’ kind of ways and his innumerous gaffes — in the English language — I have never believed that Sushilkumar Shinde should be taken lightly.

Nothing Indian about the RSS

Before Caravan put the tape recordings of its conversations with Swami Aseemanand into public domain, I had some doubts about his claims that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had authorised the bombings of Muslim targets in such cold-blooded fashion as described in the story, a journalistic coup of this century.

Gujarat is a ‘chemical state’

If Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar believes that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi will build a statue of his grandfather taller than the one he proposes to build that of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, he might have to reconsider.

Sharad Pawar’s political innings is far from over

Things have a way of coming full circle and Pawar today is in the piquant situation of either contesting from his seat and winning or else opting out so that he has more time to ensure that other NCP contestants win.

Let down by their own men

The Shiv Sena in the 1960s started essentially as a male-dominated party and its activities were such that it was no place for women. It was not until the 1990s that women in the Shiv Sena came into their own.

Modi's cookie begins to crumble

I was tickled pink to see Modi’s discomfiture at his Goa rally on Sunday where he complained that parties need grassroots ‘vision’ more than television.

Lamb to the slaughter

I must say deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar does know how to take care of his own.

BJP buoyant in North, faces dilemma in South India

Not MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, but the southern and eastern states will determine the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls. India is a very different country down south, writes Sujata Anandan.

The wise man this Christmas

I had wondered how long Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray would be able to hold on to both his hypocrisy and ingratitude — towards Amitabh Bachchan.

Anna has lost the Ramlila magic

It was Anna and Kejriwal together who had captured the imagination of the nation. It is rather sad to see the movement fall apart for petty personal considerations, writes Sujata Anandan.

Pawar’s dependency syndrome

NCP president Sharad Pawar’s paranoia of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s so-called weak leadership is neither new nor even an afterthought.

Maharashtra politics still caste in stone

The fight in Maharashtra now seems to be between blue-blooded Marathas and Kunbi Marathas who are mostly farmers and may, in substantial numbers, come across as poor in comparison to their royal country cousins, writes Sujata Anandan.

There really are no free lunches at Pawar’s table

The most apolitical of all of Thackeray’s heirs, Jaidev has hit the nail on the head when he suggested that instead of pussyfooting on a memorial for the Sena tiger, Sena leaders should buy a plot of land and build a suitable monument on it to commemorate their leader

Shooting the messenger

Even if the BJP is trying to explain the snooping as a ‘protection’ offered to the young woman on her father’s request, we all know the difference between protection and invasion of privacy and the violation of a citizen’s rights, writes Sujata Anandan.
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