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HindustanTimes Sat,02 Aug 2014

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.

Counterpoint: Pity The Poor Drivers

If you are a poor man, struggling to make a living in the big city, worst of all, a driver, expect no respect at all, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Counterpoint: The Surrender of IC-814

It is shameful that the BJP should use ‘tough on terror’ as a campaigning slogan when actually the opposite was true of the party’s time in office, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Counterpoint: The Impossible Dream

I am filled with admiration for Prakash Karat. How can you not admire a man who dares dream the impossible? asks Vir Sanghvi.

Counterpoint: The Gujarat paradoxes

Modi’s brand of Hindutva has more in common with classic fascist demagogues than with the Sangh Parivar tradition, writes Vir Sanghvi.

Hair Apparent

The new improved and hairy Nawaz Sharif got me thinking: could it happen here? Can we think of a single Indian PM who would consider a hair transplant? Vir Sanghvi examines in Counterpoint.
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