I wonder if the Sena and the AIMIM know that Bal Thackeray was the first person ever in India to lose his voting rights and that to contest elections for hate speeches he had made during a 1987 byelection to Vile Parle.
Articles by Sujata Anandan
Pawar’s love of Maharashtra overcame any frustration or disappointment he may have had at being let down by the people
It is interesting that the chief minister’s Ayodhya visit came and went without much remark beyond the usual expectations
The government is playing hide and seek with the different parts of its electorate to keep both the saffron and secular sides happy
Dalit leaders are upset not just by Ambedkar’s fruitless political/electoral ambitions but also by his ideological inconsistency
Recent events in the state underline both the need to avoid premature obituaries as well as cling to hope in the persona of former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis
After slamming the BJP and Narendra Modi through the Lok Sabha elections barely 10 months ago, he has now taken an about turn in support of the BJP
How will he identify the Bangladeshis? By the food they eat? Or the clothes they wear? BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh, Kailash Vijayvargiya, thinks Bangladeshis can be identified by the poha (puffed and then flattened rice) they eat
Earlier, in Nashik, when reporters asked Fadnavis what issues he would be challenging the government on, he said without batting an eyelash, “farmers, loan waivers, lack of industrial growth, failure to provide jobs” – in fact all issues associated with his government barely three months ago.
Uddhav Thackeray’s statement over the birthplace of Sai Baba led to a furore
The large portrait of the Maratha warrior king at the entrance of Mantralaya was set up by Antulay when he was the chief minister in the early 1980s.
As Uddhav Thackeray makes all the right political moves in his role as chief minister of Maharashtra, he has taken many critics and bitter opponents of the Shiv Sena by surprise
Had Ajit not “approached” Devendra Fadnavis with support for the former chief minister’s (CM) government, there was no way that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah would have facilitated a government led by the Shiv Sena.
Devendra Fadnavis needs to take some contemporary history lessons before dictating terms to the best home minister Maharashtra has ever had
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, with each passing day, seems to be perfecting the art of the tightrope walk
Sharad Pawar is now between the horns of a very serious dilemma – accommodating Ajit invites the risk of him running away with the government. Keeping him out entails the risk of tempting him to try and split the party again
Fadnavis clearly forgot that Pawar began life in the ring as a wrestler with the same pugnacity
Modern-day politics has been wracked by ambitious nephews who wanted to grab all from their more illustrious and hard-working uncles without quite deserving it
If they do not seize this munificence from God with both hands now, no God might be able to rescue them in the future
Over the years, Pawar has exhibited the patience of an elephant in getting even with his tormentors and I base this conviction on the age-old rivalry between Pawar and Vikhe Patils.
The BJP, which had been able to form governments even when it was not the single largest party, has simply not been able to do so in Maharashtra
The Shiv Sena will keep punching above its weight and needling the BJP over various issues and the BJP will have to grin and bear it, given that now it can afford even less than before to shake off its troublesome ally
At almost 79 years of age, Pawar has proved he remains the sole grassroots politician in the state amid a generation of hothouse leaders dependent on Twitter and other social media to communicate to the people.
He never gives up. Perhaps that is why BJP leaders and senior Congressmen detest him so much.
Uddhav rightly spotted Joshi’s sophistry and has sidelined him over the years, but the damage has been irrevocable
BySujata Anandan, Mumbai
Pawar turned the tables on the ED, taking the fight into the enemy camp and emerging not just victorious, but also ambushing the ruling dispensation and reviving the opposition weeks before elections to the Maharashtra Assembly.
At a leadership conclave, Aaditya was asked if he would be contesting the upcoming elections in Maharashtra. He was polite about saying that the decision would have to be taken in consultation with party leaders.
BJP had outsmarted and outmanoeuvred the Shiv Sena quite royally since the Lok Sabha polls
Based on the last Assembly results, Prakash Ambedkar is likely to discover that Muslim candidates, even on Congress tickets, do far better than Dalit candidates, more so because in the last few years the biases of Hindu society have only been reinforced rather than obliterated the way Sharad Pawar was hoping
Congress and the NCP, need to kick out any more crooks left in their parties