Sujata Anandan

Sujata Anandan

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.

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Sharad Pawar
Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar’s fascinating sense of history | Opinion

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2020 07:32 AM IST
Pawar’s love of Maharashtra overcame any frustration or disappointment he may have had at being let down by the people
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Uddhav Thackeray(HT PHOTO)
Uddhav Thackeray(HT PHOTO)

All contradictions resolved, the hard work begins now

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2020 11:46 PM IST
It is interesting that the chief minister’s Ayodhya visit came and went without much remark beyond the usual expectations
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Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had even peeved that he had not expected the Congress to team up with the Shiv Sena(HT FILE)
Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had even peeved that he had not expected the Congress to team up with the Shiv Sena(HT FILE)

Survival instinct of three parties

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2020 11:31 PM IST
The government is playing hide and seek with the different parts of its electorate to keep both the saffron and secular sides happy
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Prakash Ambedkar(HT Photo)
Prakash Ambedkar(HT Photo)

Too much ideological inconsistency is politically damaging

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 11:51 PM IST
Dalit leaders are upset not just by Ambedkar’s fruitless political/electoral ambitions but also by his ideological inconsistency
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Coming up: A big battle of three against one

UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 12:17 AM IST
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
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Senior leaders of Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress(HT PHOTO)
Senior leaders of Shiv Sena, NCP, and Congress(HT PHOTO)

Frequent about turns are politically unprofitable

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2020 11:55 PM IST
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
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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray.(HT FILE)
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray.(HT FILE)

Why Raj Thackeray will find no Bangladeshi in Mumbai

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2020 05:59 AM IST
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
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Devendra Fadnavis seems to believe he can blame the new government on all issues(HT FILE)
Devendra Fadnavis seems to believe he can blame the new government on all issues(HT FILE)

The need for some patience and introspection

UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2020 12:14 AM IST
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.
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CM Uddhav Thackeray
CM Uddhav Thackeray

Storm in a tea cup over Sai Baba

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2020 12:15 AM IST
Uddhav Thackeray’s statement over the birthplace of Sai Baba led to a furore
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Antulay had to resign a month before his appointment with Queen Elizabeth to negotiate terms for the return of the Bhavani Talwar.(HT Photo)
Antulay had to resign a month before his appointment with Queen Elizabeth to negotiate terms for the return of the Bhavani Talwar.(HT Photo)

Why Shivaji was an incomparable king

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 12:05 AM IST
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.
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Uddhav Thackeray(HT Photo)
Uddhav Thackeray(HT Photo)

The changing world of Uddhav Thackeray

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2020 12:15 AM IST
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
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Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra deputy chief minister(HT FILE)
Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra deputy chief minister(HT FILE)

Ajit Pawar: Always the bridesmaid, never the bride

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2020 06:56 AM IST
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.
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Former CM Devendra Fadnavis(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Former CM Devendra Fadnavis(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Accidental CM with no sense of history | Opinion

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2019 11:05 AM IST
Devendra Fadnavis needs to take some contemporary history lessons before dictating terms to the best home minister Maharashtra has ever had
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Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s audacious strategy helped his party keep its trust with its voters and miraculously brought them to lead the government in Maharashtra.(Sunny Shende/ HT)
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s audacious strategy helped his party keep its trust with its voters and miraculously brought them to lead the government in Maharashtra.(Sunny Shende/ HT)

Maha power and party: Walking the tightrope

UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2019 11:57 PM IST
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, with each passing day, seems to be perfecting the art of the tightrope walk
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It is also clear there really is a serious conflict between Ajit and his more illustrious uncle.(HT File)
It is also clear there really is a serious conflict between Ajit and his more illustrious uncle.(HT File)

Ajit Pawar, the proverbial Trojan Horse

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 01:07 AM IST
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
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NCP chief Sharad Pawar leaves after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss farmers' issues at Parliament House, in New Delhi, on Wednesday.(PTI)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar leaves after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss farmers' issues at Parliament House, in New Delhi, on Wednesday.(PTI)

A veritable wrestler in the political ring

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2019 01:00 AM IST
Fadnavis clearly forgot that Pawar began life in the ring as a wrestler with the same pugnacity
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NCP leaders Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar.(HT FILE)
NCP leaders Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar.(HT FILE)

Uncle-nephews who held nation to ransom

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2019 04:22 AM IST
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
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Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar.(HT FILE)
Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar.(HT FILE)

Will Congress lose a God-sent opportunity?

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2019 12:48 AM IST
If they do not seize this munificence from God with both hands now, no God might be able to rescue them in the future
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Pawar managed to defeat Udayan during the bypoll, but Shivendra won his assembly seat on a BJP ticket. However, this is unlikely to be the end of the story. Pawar never forgets or forgives.(HT file)
Pawar managed to defeat Udayan during the bypoll, but Shivendra won his assembly seat on a BJP ticket. However, this is unlikely to be the end of the story. Pawar never forgets or forgives.(HT file)

Forget and forgive? Very unlikely!

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 12:27 AM IST
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.
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Common people pack a political punch through their right to vote.(HT Photo)
Common people pack a political punch through their right to vote.(HT Photo)

People’s power versus political opportunism

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 06, 2019 12:10 AM IST
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
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Analysis | Sena or BJP: Who will blink first?

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2019 06:16 AM IST
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
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NCP president Sharad Pawar address a campaign rally ahead of the Assembly polls in Beed.(HT File)
NCP president Sharad Pawar address a campaign rally ahead of the Assembly polls in Beed.(HT File)

Sharad Pawar is still winning hearts of people

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2019 12:17 AM IST
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.
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One cannot really fault Gandhi for doing the honourable thing and taking responsibility for the defeat and making way for someone who might be more capable of leading the party.(HT photo)
One cannot really fault Gandhi for doing the honourable thing and taking responsibility for the defeat and making way for someone who might be more capable of leading the party.(HT photo)

Rahul Gandhi plods on, and gets hated by all

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 12:13 AM IST
He never gives up. Perhaps that is why BJP leaders and senior Congressmen detest him so much.
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Shiv Sena is now a willing lamb to the slaughter | Opinion

By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 07:00 AM IST
Uddhav rightly spotted Joshi’s sophistry and has sidelined him over the years, but the damage has been irrevocable
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Why Pawar could pull off such an audacious act is also because he knew the authorities could pin nothing on him with regard to the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank.(HT file photo)
Why Pawar could pull off such an audacious act is also because he knew the authorities could pin nothing on him with regard to the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank.(HT file photo)

Sharad Pawar, the cat with nine lives

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2019 07:34 PM IST
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.
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Why should Aaditya Thackeray not be like Rahul Gandhi?

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 11:40 PM IST
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.
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CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at Matoshri during a press conference after BJP's victory in the Lok Sabha election.(HT Photo)
CM Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at Matoshri during a press conference after BJP's victory in the Lok Sabha election.(HT Photo)

Coming up soon : A one-sided election

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2019 10:20 AM IST
BJP had outsmarted and outmanoeuvred the Shiv Sena quite royally since the Lok Sabha polls
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The Congress wanted an alliance with the VBA for Lok Sabha elections but, as usual, Ambedkar had been very impractical, demanding 22 of the 48 seats from the Congress.(HT File)
The Congress wanted an alliance with the VBA for Lok Sabha elections but, as usual, Ambedkar had been very impractical, demanding 22 of the 48 seats from the Congress.(HT File)

High ambition in times of extreme polarisation

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 12:24 AM IST
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
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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar should use the current party exodus to clean out the ranks of corruption.(HT Photo)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar should use the current party exodus to clean out the ranks of corruption.(HT Photo)

Now is the time to kick out all the crooks

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 12:53 AM IST
Congress and the NCP, need to kick out any more crooks left in their parties
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Savarkar, though there was no doubt about his love for the nation, I personally hold him responsible for the break-up of India at independence.(HT File)
Savarkar, though there was no doubt about his love for the nation, I personally hold him responsible for the break-up of India at independence.(HT File)

Why I cannot worship Savarkar

By Sujata Anandan | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2019 12:53 AM IST
If I have to choose between Bhagat Singh and Savarkar, should I be beaten up if I prefer to emulate Bhagat Singh rather than Savarkar
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