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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Siddiqui is both Muslim and from Uttar Pradesh, the two bète noires of the Shiv Sena.(HT file)
Siddiqui is both Muslim and from Uttar Pradesh, the two bète noires of the Shiv Sena.(HT file)

The delicious irony of Nawazuddin playing Thackeray

UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 06:43 PM IST
All those spouting anger at Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s acceptance of the role of Thackeray as a betrayal should actually look upon it as poetic justice
The Supreme Court overturned the Maharashtra government’s closure of dance bars in Mumbai(HT Photo)
The Supreme Court overturned the Maharashtra government’s closure of dance bars in Mumbai(HT Photo)

Women should not allow men to hide behind their bangles

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2019 11:31 PM IST
It is the women, lending their bangles to further patriarchy, who should think again
BJP National President Amit Shah compared the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to the battle of Panipat.(HT PHOTO)
BJP National President Amit Shah compared the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to the battle of Panipat.(HT PHOTO)

Panipat was not a Hindu-Muslim war, nor will be 2019

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 11:59 PM IST
The coming electoral battle can be nothing like Panipat
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) needs to draw lessons from its past in seeking alliances and keeping friends.(HT FILE)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) needs to draw lessons from its past in seeking alliances and keeping friends.(HT FILE)

Game, set and match for Shiv Sena?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2019 12:44 AM IST
Although the Sena may come around and work out an arrangement with the BJP, the latter is doing itself no favour by allowing both its desperation and its arrogance get the better of it
In a series of tweets, Pawar said he had explicitly told the Ahmednagar corporators that they must not vote for either the Shiv Sena or the BJP under any circumstances.(HT File)
In a series of tweets, Pawar said he had explicitly told the Ahmednagar corporators that they must not vote for either the Shiv Sena or the BJP under any circumstances.(HT File)

Sharad Pawar playing ducks and drakes again?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2019 12:42 AM IST
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s next stop is likely to be Varanasi.(HT FILE)
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s next stop is likely to be Varanasi.(HT FILE)

Opinion: Heads the Shiv Sena wins, tails it does not really lose

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2018 10:14 AM IST
Even at the peak of the Ram temple issue Pandharpur had stayed calm and unimpressed, giving not much quarter to the saffron forces. So why should now be any different?
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackaray addressing media in a press conference at Shiv Sena Bhavan.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackaray addressing media in a press conference at Shiv Sena Bhavan.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Column| Once bitten, the Shiv Sena is no way twice shy

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2018 09:00 AM IST
The results of elections to the three Hindi heartland states have almost reduced the BJP to begging the Sena for an alliance
The situation has gotten so bad this year that for the first time in living memory, India was in danger of seeing farm riots in various areas of Nashik district, between farmers and their workers.(HT File)
The situation has gotten so bad this year that for the first time in living memory, India was in danger of seeing farm riots in various areas of Nashik district, between farmers and their workers.(HT File)

Summer crops bring winter woes to Maharashtra’s farmers and politicians

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2018 11:14 PM IST
A record bumper crop of garlic has similarly led to plummeting prices and there is no outlet for the excess pomegranate crop as Pakistan and Bangladesh, the major importers of onion, garlic and fruits, have ceased lifting stocks due to India’s foreign policy glitches with the neighbours
Manufacturing cases against people they don’t like or those who are an inconvenience to them seems to have become a specialty of the Maharashtra police.(Pic for representation/HT file)
Manufacturing cases against people they don’t like or those who are an inconvenience to them seems to have become a specialty of the Maharashtra police.(Pic for representation/HT file)

The great fall of Maharashtra police

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2018 12:04 AM IST
The latest in sordid episodes that have given their image a fresh beating is a viral video clip of IPS officer Bhagyashree Navatake from Beed district
So Uddhav, whatever his earlier statements, is clearly heading towards an alliance with the BJP in 2019.(HT FILE)
So Uddhav, whatever his earlier statements, is clearly heading towards an alliance with the BJP in 2019.(HT FILE)

If the Sena rejects crumbs, will the BJP eat the humble pie?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2018 12:49 AM IST
Embracing Hindutva again also means the Sena knows it has finally lost the Muslim vote it had so assiduously built up after the riots of 1992-93
Maratha groups protest against BJP government during the winter assembly session at Vidhan Bhavan.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Maratha groups protest against BJP government during the winter assembly session at Vidhan Bhavan.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Maratha reservation: Being poor is not the same as being socially backward

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2018 10:58 PM IST
Calling Marathas socially backward is confusing comparative poverty with lack of social privilege
Uddhav, given the way the Shiv Sena has waxed and waned on various issues in the past five years, seems like neither fish nor fowl nor even a red herring.(PTI)
Uddhav, given the way the Shiv Sena has waxed and waned on various issues in the past five years, seems like neither fish nor fowl nor even a red herring.(PTI)

Shiv Sena: In the pale shadow of Bal Thackeray’s legacy

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON NOV 14, 2018 12:02 AM IST
Uddhav Thackeray is not his father but the fact that the BJP is still putting up with all the Shiv Sena is in no small measure owing to the deep roots that Bal Thackeray has struck among the people
It is the depletion of forests that is bringing tigers more and more into contact with human civilisation.(Arvind Yadav/ HT FILE)
It is the depletion of forests that is bringing tigers more and more into contact with human civilisation.(Arvind Yadav/ HT FILE)

Tiger, not burning bright in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2018 11:54 PM IST
It seems rather a cruel act on part of any authority to kill a tigress with young cubs in cold blood even if she is believed to have attacked human beings in the past
It turns out that while Marathwada’s breweries might be playing the administration, in western Maharashtra it is not the ordinary people wanting to deny others access to water but the sugar factories who are jostling hard with beer manufacturers to access the limited water..(Getty Images)
It turns out that while Marathwada’s breweries might be playing the administration, in western Maharashtra it is not the ordinary people wanting to deny others access to water but the sugar factories who are jostling hard with beer manufacturers to access the limited water..(Getty Images)

Maharashtra’s internal water wars: Beer breweries versus sugar factories

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2018 11:53 PM IST
If breweries are dependent on large quantities of water, so are cane growers because sugar is a water-intensive industry and often draws 80% or more of the water resources, leaving very little to others in their own region
Even in a leader with more political acumen than most and formidable networking skills, the law of diminishing returns could kick in eventually.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Even in a leader with more political acumen than most and formidable networking skills, the law of diminishing returns could kick in eventually.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Sharad Pawar’s puppet mastery is under fire this poll season

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON OCT 23, 2018 10:53 PM IST
For the first time since he entered politics, Pawar has been unable to play and manipulate the BJP-led government as he did during other regimes in the state as well as the Centre
Tariq Anwar, founder-member of NCP, indirectly declared he could not deal with any party that supported Narendra Modi and the BJP, after NCP chief Sharad Pawar gave Modi a ‘clean chit’ on the Rafale deal.(PTI)
Tariq Anwar, founder-member of NCP, indirectly declared he could not deal with any party that supported Narendra Modi and the BJP, after NCP chief Sharad Pawar gave Modi a ‘clean chit’ on the Rafale deal.(PTI)

Prodigal sons and pitfalls of homecomings

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2018 11:07 PM IST
It is always difficult choosing prodigal sons over those who stood by you during bad times
NCP chief Sharad Pawar waves during the party's 'Vijay Sankalp rally' in Beed, Maharashtra on Oct 1(HT Photo)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar waves during the party's 'Vijay Sankalp rally' in Beed, Maharashtra on Oct 1(HT Photo)

Yes, the NCP has no ideology

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2018 11:22 PM IST
Sharad Pawar at his resident in Mumbai.(HT Photo)
Sharad Pawar at his resident in Mumbai.(HT Photo)

Pawar shoots himself in the foot, again!

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON OCT 02, 2018 10:25 PM IST
Shiv Sena chairperson Uddhav Thackeray.(HT Photo)
Shiv Sena chairperson Uddhav Thackeray.(HT Photo)

The Shiv Sena’s makeover is not going well

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 10:50 PM IST
RPI (A) chief and minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale.(Praful Gangurde)
RPI (A) chief and minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale.(Praful Gangurde)

Athawale, always an enfant terrible

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2018 05:00 PM IST
Congress President Rahul Gandhi (R) and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar during 'Bharat Bandh' protest called by Congress and other parties against fuel price hike and depreciation of the rupee, in New Delhi on Monday, Sept 10(PTI)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi (R) and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar during 'Bharat Bandh' protest called by Congress and other parties against fuel price hike and depreciation of the rupee, in New Delhi on Monday, Sept 10(PTI)

The ruling laddoo or the opposition jalebi?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2018 12:49 AM IST
I remember one of my friends in the force telling me, “Even if a Naxalite sneezes in Gadchiroli, we get to hear it at our headquarters in south Bombay within minutes.”(HT FILE)
I remember one of my friends in the force telling me, “Even if a Naxalite sneezes in Gadchiroli, we get to hear it at our headquarters in south Bombay within minutes.”(HT FILE)

Nothing to write home about here

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2018 01:39 AM IST
If one is critical of the state police, what does one say about prosecutors who fantastically claimed that these activists, being labelled as urban naxals, were actually forming an “anti-fascist” front to defeat the government?
Representatives of Sanatan Sanstha addressed a press conference in Mumbai, on Monday, during which they said all those arrested by Maharashtra ATS are not a part of their organisation.(HT File)
Representatives of Sanatan Sanstha addressed a press conference in Mumbai, on Monday, during which they said all those arrested by Maharashtra ATS are not a part of their organisation.(HT File)

A tangled web of political interests

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 29, 2018 12:36 AM IST
Police in the neighbouring state have released a list of 22 people, including writer and actor Girish Karnad, who are on the alleged hit list of Sanatan Sanstha
Members of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) raid the house of alleged Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut at Nalasopara in Palghar on August 10.(PTI)
Members of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) raid the house of alleged Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut at Nalasopara in Palghar on August 10.(PTI)

The danger posed by politics of hate

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2018 07:31 PM IST
Protests taken out against the arrest of Vaibhav Raut, allegedly of Sanatan Sanstha, are worrying
(HT PHOTO)
(HT PHOTO)

The machismo of killing frail old men and women

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON AUG 15, 2018 12:36 AM IST
Must these young men necessarily have to physically eliminate frail old men and women they cannot combat intellectually?
Union minister Nitin Gadkari(HT File)
Union minister Nitin Gadkari(HT File)

Nitin Gadkari: Frank, free, often politically incorrect

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2018 10:40 PM IST
Over the years, there were many nuggets of plain-speak from Gadkari, including one on Uddhav Thackeray which clued me in to the BJP’s intention to sever ties with the Shiv Sena long before it actually happened.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis addresses the media after the meeting leaders of the Maratha Andolan and Narayan Rane at Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai.(HT Photo)
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis addresses the media after the meeting leaders of the Maratha Andolan and Narayan Rane at Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai.(HT Photo)

Devendra Fadnavis is hemmed in on reservation issue

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2018 10:21 PM IST
The ruling dispensation is caught in a cleft stick because it foolishly promised reservations not just to Marathas but also to Dhangars (shepherds) in its manifesto in 2014
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray recently issued a statement cautioning people not to adhere to the idea of Hindutva being perpetrated in the country.(HT FILE)
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray recently issued a statement cautioning people not to adhere to the idea of Hindutva being perpetrated in the country.(HT FILE)

With Shiv Sena turning liberal, India goes topsy-turvy

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
PUBLISHED ON JUL 25, 2018 01:04 AM IST
The Shiv Sena has come a long way since the days when its brand of Hindutva was considered too extreme by even the BJP
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana activists pour milk at the memorial of Maharashtra's first Chief Minister late Y B Chavan during a protest to demand subsidy per liter and waiver of GST for butter and milk powder, in Karad on Monday.(HT Photo)
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana activists pour milk at the memorial of Maharashtra's first Chief Minister late Y B Chavan during a protest to demand subsidy per liter and waiver of GST for butter and milk powder, in Karad on Monday.(HT Photo)

Milk flows again as friends turn foes

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2018 09:39 PM IST
Last year, when Fadnavis initially went ballistic against farmers, he had the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana (SSS) on his side
Water logging at Mohammed Ali Road(HT Photo)
Water logging at Mohammed Ali Road(HT Photo)

Monsoon misery in Mumbai and across Maharashtra

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2018 12:34 AM IST
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