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The more things change

Tuesday 9 February '10

In the Charlie Chaplin film The Great Dictator, there is a famous scene in which Adolf Hitler and Mussolini meet.
Waiting for the credits to roll

Friday 23 October '09

The Maharashtra elections results will force Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray to reinvent themselves....
The issues in an ‘issueless’ election

Tuesday 13 October '09

To say that the Maharashtra Assembly elections will be a replay of Lok Sabha 2009 is to display huge ignorance and even indifference about...
In a shadowy fray

Friday 25 September '09

Explore the vacuum of ideas in the Maharashtra campaign to understand MNS
Maharashtra muddle

Thursday 3 September '09

The Maharashtra assembly election will set both tone and tune of the political orchestra currently being conducted by Dr Manmohan...
Mask upon mask in the BJP

Thursday 21 May '09

No wonder it is confused now.The BJPs’s multiple personality disorder stems from its very origins.

Tuesday 3 March '09

Read his biography and you’ll know: he just wants to be prime minister
Once was Mumbai

Friday 28 November '08

Even otherwise, the city of Mumbai is explosive. But everytime there is a terrorist attack, the metropolis is gripped by a kind of fear psychosis.
Mumbai Cowboy

Wednesday 22 October '08

Once upon a time the Raj Kapoors and Dilip Kumars cashed in on their dreams, but in those days of ‘Shehar aur Sapna’ there used to be sympathy for the migrant poor
‘All the problems have been solved. Now let’s build a statue’

Friday 6 June '08

It appears that all the problems of Maharashtra have been solved. People are not only happy and contented but are looking forward...
The many worlds of Vijay Tendulkar

Tuesday 20 May '08

Vijay Tendulkar transcended the cultural boundaries of Maharashtra.
Uncle, nephew, people

Thursday 8 May '08

Read Raj Thackeray’s latest speech as a reflection of a wider Maharashtrian political economy problem.
So many ways to Raisina Hill

Saturday 5 April '08

Karnataka could determine Lok Sabha poll dates. But the churning has already begun
Spot the difference

Wednesday 13 February '08

Raj and Uddhav Thackeray recently spoke of inclusive politics. Why that promise proved to be empty.
Mumbai spin

Thursday 31 January '08

A roaring tiger with menacing eyes is a symbol of the Shiv Sena.
Moditva’s fading echo in Mumbai

Friday 7 December '07

Today, when Narendra Modi is in the news for his ugly election rhetoric at Mangrol...
Great Maratha who?

Friday 20 July '07

There is a false impression gaining adherents in most parts of India that Pratibha Patil, soon to be ensconced as the president of India...
Two Patils, one Rashtrapati

Saturday 16 June '07

The lady and the snowman: Pratibha and Shivraj are a study in contrast
Eye on Pawar

Thursday 22 March '07

NCP’s ‘strategic partnership’ with Shiv Sena must be read as a move by a long-distance runner
Mumbai is an island

Tuesday 6 February '07

Don’t even try to find Maharashtra-wide trends in the BMC results


The Big Debate
Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
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Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
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Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
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Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
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Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
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