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.

Articles by Sujata Anandan
Raj has taken on the ruling dispensation and rallied on the side of a debilitated Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Raj has taken on the ruling dispensation and rallied on the side of a debilitated Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Can Raj Thackeray hold the courage of his conviction?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON AUG 21, 2019 12:16 AM IST
If the government wants to go after Raj, there are many other cases besides Kohinoor where he has not been very circumspect
Girish Mahajan was recently in the news after being caught on camera dancing even as Maharashtra deals with floods. Mahajan was celebrating the Union government’s decision to scrap Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.(HT FILE)
Girish Mahajan was recently in the news after being caught on camera dancing even as Maharashtra deals with floods. Mahajan was celebrating the Union government’s decision to scrap Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.(HT FILE)

Be it drought or flood, insensitive politicians galore!

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2019 11:54 PM IST
Politicians are the same across the board and care little for the distressed masses they are supposed to represent and take care of, says the author
Shiv Sena MPSanjay Raut(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Shiv Sena MPSanjay Raut(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Clowning around with the Shiv Sena

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2019 11:33 PM IST
There has been much conflict not just between the Shiv Sena and the BJP but also the old Shiv Sena and the new, as the Thackerays try to position young Aaditya as a future chief minister
The NCP’s very nature is such that its leaders cannot survive without power.(HT File)
The NCP’s very nature is such that its leaders cannot survive without power.(HT File)

Sharad Pawar – Not the master of all he surveys?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2019 12:52 AM IST
Now with no signs of the Congress reviving before the assembly polls, and the NCP clearly unable to make it without riding piggy back on the Congress, many NCP leaders are having second thoughts about Pawar’s ability to return them to power
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut asked the government to declare chicken as vegetarian.(HT Photo)
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut asked the government to declare chicken as vegetarian.(HT Photo)

Our politicians get sillier by the day

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 12:43 AM IST
The Rajya Sabha is no forum for jokes and should be debating serious bread and butter issues
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with newly-appointed Maharashtra Congress chief, Balasaheb Thorat.(ANI Photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with newly-appointed Maharashtra Congress chief, Balasaheb Thorat.(ANI Photo)

All good men to the aid of the Congress party?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2019 11:29 PM IST
Some might say that this kind of divided authority might lead to a lot of faction fights within the party, but under the circumstances, I think this is the Congress’s best shot at salvaging face for the upcoming assembly elections
MNS chief Raj Thackeray met United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Monday.(HT File)
MNS chief Raj Thackeray met United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Monday.(HT File)

Raj-Sonia meet – a tectonic shift in Indian politics?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 12:50 AM IST
Raj has not only made overtures to the much-hated north Indians over the past years, but his brilliant campaign against Modi during the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections has been second to none
Shiv sena leader and member of Maharashtra Legislative Council Neelam Gorhe arrives for the monsoon session at Vidhan Bhavan.(Hindustan Times)
Shiv sena leader and member of Maharashtra Legislative Council Neelam Gorhe arrives for the monsoon session at Vidhan Bhavan.(Hindustan Times)

Neelam Gorhe, Shiv Sena’s woman trailblazer

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON JUN 25, 2019 11:45 PM IST
She could prove more of an asset to the Shiv Sena than any of the “ranraginis” (women warriors) of its mahila aghadi
Former Congressman Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil is now housing minister in the BJP-Sena government.(HT FILE)
Former Congressman Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil is now housing minister in the BJP-Sena government.(HT FILE)

A quid pro quo to break the Cong-NCP backbone?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2019 09:33 PM IST
Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil’s appointment to the housing department isn’t really a big comedown
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.(HT FILE)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.(HT FILE)

Is the sun setting on the Pawar empire?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2019 12:05 AM IST
Of all the political parties in Maharashtra, the NCP is the singular party which needs power to survive, and it is highly doubtful if it will return to government in the upcoming Assembly elections
NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress president Rahul Gandhi during 'Bharat Bandh' protest last year.(HT Photo)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress president Rahul Gandhi during 'Bharat Bandh' protest last year.(HT Photo)

About time Pawar merges back with Congress | Opinion

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 08:27 AM IST
Even today, Pawar has tremendous faith in and networking with not just Maharashtra’s bureaucrats but also those at the Centre
Ashok Chavan was Rahul Gandhi’s most trusted lieutenant in Maharashtra(HT FILE)
Ashok Chavan was Rahul Gandhi’s most trusted lieutenant in Maharashtra(HT FILE)

No more rabbits left in Cong’s hat?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2019 12:25 AM IST
Chavan’s story in the last four and a half years is one of fear, compromise, inaction and a lack of confidence in his own ability to win the polls
Before the exit polls became fashionable and electronic voting machines (EVMs) were introduced in the country, Pawar has had an uncanny knack of getting his seat and poll estimates exactly right down to the last decimal.(FILE)
Before the exit polls became fashionable and electronic voting machines (EVMs) were introduced in the country, Pawar has had an uncanny knack of getting his seat and poll estimates exactly right down to the last decimal.(FILE)

The art of misleading pollsters

UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 10:19 PM IST
Before the exit polls became fashionable and electronic voting machines (EVMs) were introduced in the country, Pawar has had an uncanny knack of getting his seat and poll estimates exactly right down to the last decimal.
Rahul Gandhi(HT Photo)
Rahul Gandhi(HT Photo)

Like father, like son; Rahul, Riteish choose polite path

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2019 12:10 AM IST
Both Rahul Gandhi and Riteish Deshmukh, whose fathers have been targeted, have politely emphasised their points quite effectively
Some years ago, a senior Congress general secretary narrated to me a story about Narayan Rane that had me in splits. He had been seeking an appointment with then party president Sonia Gandhi for weeks and when he finally got a call at eight in the morning he had to rush to catch a flight from Mumbai to New Delhi to make it on time.(AFP)
Some years ago, a senior Congress general secretary narrated to me a story about Narayan Rane that had me in splits. He had been seeking an appointment with then party president Sonia Gandhi for weeks and when he finally got a call at eight in the morning he had to rush to catch a flight from Mumbai to New Delhi to make it on time.(AFP)

It’s impossible to beat Congress at its own game

Mumbai | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2019 04:49 AM IST
“Do you want to meet Madam or not?” Narayan Rane was asked sternly by Sonia’s secretary. “She hasn’t given him an appointment as yet.”
Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane has written his memoirs.(HT FILE)
Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane has written his memoirs.(HT FILE)

It’s impossible to beat Congress at its own game

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON MAY 08, 2019 12:02 AM IST
Narayan Rane never realised that the Congress is a party that never rewards its parvenus beyond a point
If social media is any indication of the mood of the people, there were hundreds of appeals to the voters to vote against the terror accused and vote out the party, which insults martyrs
If social media is any indication of the mood of the people, there were hundreds of appeals to the voters to vote against the terror accused and vote out the party, which insults martyrs

2019 Lok Sabha polls: Mumbai had its heart in the right place this election

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2019 08:42 AM IST
Considering the general somnolence of the metropolis where neither the rich nor the poor have the time for much, but the business of living, it was heartening to note that the middle class still remembers the man who died saving their city from Pakistani terrorists
If the BJP really intends to replace the Constitution with the Manusmriti, as is being claimed by many BJP functionaries, has Pankaja considered her double jeopardy in this regard?(HT Photo)
If the BJP really intends to replace the Constitution with the Manusmriti, as is being claimed by many BJP functionaries, has Pankaja considered her double jeopardy in this regard?(HT Photo)

Enfants terribles of new India

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 05:55 AM IST
Pankaja Munde, a state minister, has earned herself an appellation for allegedly inflating bills of nutritious meals provided to children in anganwadis, as also more recently of mobile phones provided to anganwadi workers.
Pankaja Munde, a state minister, has earned herself an appellation for allegedly inflating bills of nutritious meals provided to children in anganwadis, as also more recently of mobile phones provided to anganwadi workers.(HT File)
Pankaja Munde, a state minister, has earned herself an appellation for allegedly inflating bills of nutritious meals provided to children in anganwadis, as also more recently of mobile phones provided to anganwadi workers.(HT File)

The new enfants terribles of new India

Hindustan Tiimes | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 01:17 AM IST
The BJP is raising some enfants terribles who seem not to know the difference between right and wrong.
At his recent rally in Solapur, Raj produced the very model who had left for greener pastures in search for a job and relocated to Pune
At his recent rally in Solapur, Raj produced the very model who had left for greener pastures in search for a job and relocated to Pune

When politicians become investigative reporters

UPDATED ON APR 17, 2019 08:12 AM IST
At his recent rally in Solapur, Raj produced the very model who had left for greener pastures in search for a job and relocated to Pune
I am convinced that it is Sharad Pawar’s tutelage over the past year that has toned down Raj Thackeray and made him sound secular and acceptable
I am convinced that it is Sharad Pawar’s tutelage over the past year that has toned down Raj Thackeray and made him sound secular and acceptable

Raj Thackeray reclaims Marathi space, BJP left fuming

PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2019 06:16 PM IST
Over the past weeks, I have been increasingly impressed by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray’s political makeover

Somaiya, a victim of his own ways?

By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 08:25 AM IST
The alliance with the Shiv Sena is of crucial importance to the BJP.
Milind Deora is well connected with the city’s entrepreneurs.(FILE)
Milind Deora is well connected with the city’s entrepreneurs.(FILE)

The Congress’ fortunes could be changing

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 06:33 PM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is proving to be far more astute than detractors would give him credit for, chose his close aide and the son of Murli Deora to head the city Congress

The Congress is outfoxed by friends and foes, again

By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 12:55 AM IST
Some years ago, in Goa, however, the Congress had set a policy that not more than one member of any family would contest the same election that year
In his 50-year-long career in politics, Pawar has contested 14 elections and won every single one of them, including in 1984 after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi(FILE)
In his 50-year-long career in politics, Pawar has contested 14 elections and won every single one of them, including in 1984 after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi(FILE)

2019 Lok Sabha elections: NCP chief Sharad Pawar is no loser in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2019 08:11 AM IST
In his 50-year-long career in politics, Pawar has contested 14 elections and won every single one of them, including in 1984 after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.(HT File Photo)
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.(HT File Photo)

Pawar goes from critic to defender of dynasty

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2019 11:39 PM IST
In 2014, Sharad Pawar chose to snub Rahul Gandhi by staying away from the meeting after the latter had to stand in for his mother who had taken ill
People celebrate the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force on terrorist camps in Pakistan on Tuesday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)
People celebrate the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force on terrorist camps in Pakistan on Tuesday.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)

Why we should not be trigger-happy

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2019 12:07 AM IST
I have never been a war-monger because of that early exposure to the personal price we pay for other people’s goals
One must learn from Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray how to have one’s cake and eat it too(ht)
One must learn from Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray how to have one’s cake and eat it too(ht)

Things come full circle for Shiv Sena and the BJP

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2019 11:07 PM IST
After keeping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on tenterhooks for months, he has done better than his more charismatic father Bal Thackeray ever did, and extracted a better deal for the Shiv Sena than the BJP would have been willing to concede
There is a group within the BJP and RSS which believes that Gadkari could not be getting so obliquely personal with his party leadership without being confident of the support of the top brass in the RSS.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
There is a group within the BJP and RSS which believes that Gadkari could not be getting so obliquely personal with his party leadership without being confident of the support of the top brass in the RSS.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Is Nitin Gadkari a tool for the RSS’ ‘politics of paradox’?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 07:42 AM IST
We in the media fail to understand that the dual policies are not contradictory but aimed at and working towards the same goal
Bal Thackeray, founder of Shiv Sena.(HT PHOTO)
Bal Thackeray, founder of Shiv Sena.(HT PHOTO)

Political wit: Why can’t netas go past zoology, anatomy?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 12:40 AM IST
Across states and political parties, whether it was M Karunanidhi about J Jayalalithaa, Pramod Mahajan about Sonia Gandhi or Bal Thackeray about Mrinal Gore (Janata Party) and Ahilya Rangnekar (Communist), they could only think of insulting these formidable women with references to body parts or functions
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