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HindustanTimes Mon,29 Dec 2014

Sujata Anandan

Shed tears for Maharashtra

Lying in my hospital bed for the past two weeks, I have been brooding about the sorry state of leadership that my beloved and adopted state of Maharashtra has come to.

Bombay police are inspiring confidence

My column this week is an unusual one — I wish to salute Rakesh Maria and his exemplary force of police officers, both men and women. I salute the Bombay Police once again.

Narendra Modi is no Indira Gandhi

Of late, a lot of comparisons are being made between Narendra Modi and Indira Gandhi. They are so similar (read dictatorial), both brook no interference and do not suffer fools gladly, we are told.

Murli Deora: This was a man

Murli Deora was almost the first person I met in Bombay when I first arrived in this big bad metropolis from Nagpur — and, indeed, the first celebrity politician apart from those I already knew from my home town.

Uddhav Thackeray is an emerging tiger

Breaking the alliance with BJP may have unleashed the 'chhota tiger', as Uddhav is now being described by many of the Sena's supporters, writes Sujata Anandan.

Don’t underestimate Uddhav Thackeray

After nearly 30 years, the Shiv Sena and the Congress find themselves being forced into the unenviable position of becoming comrades-in-arms once again. However, while the Congress continues to be in the stupor induced upon it ever since its Lok Sabha debacle, I believe Uddhav has the measure of the game and has, so far, played his cards well.

No wriggle room for Devendra Fadnavis

Fadnavis will not have the luxury of blaming the compulsions of coalition politics: His government will have to perform or be compelled to bite the dust at the next elections, writes Sujata Anandan.

A slip twixt the cup and the lip?

In 2004, when the Congress and the NCP returned to power in Maharashtra against all expectations, there was a bit of a drama over the selection of the chief minister.

A slip twixt the cup and the lip?

Gadkari worked hard towards turning a Congress fortress in favour of a party that was never regarded as an option even in the headquarters of the RSS until the 2014 Lok Sabha elections whereas Fadnavis’ contribution to this electoral victory has been as negligible as Shinde’s was in 2004.

Decoding NCP offer to BJP: Is it insurance against action?

NCP's support to the BJP — even if the party eventually turns it down – is just a form of buying insurance against any future action the incoming government might want to take against the NCP members.

Sharad Pawar could face a bitter end

The Nationalist Congress Party chief knows that the party has little chance of doing well in the Maharashtra assembly polls without the Congress, writes Sujata Anandan.

The Maharashtra split: No love lost in this break up

It is my opinion that the breakup of the BJP-Sena and Congress-NCP alliances was the best thing that could happen to the people of Maharashtra, writes Sujata Anandan.

Shiv Sena and BJP: How they married and divorced

The Shiv Sena must save its existence and the BJP needs to marginalise its ally to shed its dependence. The divorce was bound to happen, writes Sujata Anandan.

Divide and rule is order of the day

When former Maharashtra minister Chandrakant Tripathi was planning to quit NCP and rejoin the Congress in the 1980s, a war broke out among the Uttar Bharatiya community in Mumbai.

NCP’s truly dangerous game this election season

To defeat the Congress, the BJP then needs it to remain in an alliance with the NCP and perhaps that is the reason why Chavan is keen to go it alone at the Maharashtra assembly elections, writes Sujata Anandan.
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