Forget Jungle Raj, crime is actually down in Nitish-Lalu’s Bihar

My article in "jungle raj" issue in Daily-O. We have been hearing and reading almost on a daily basis about the deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar since Assembly results were declared in November 2015. The opposition BJP had run its election campaign based on "return of jungle raj"

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Why Sharad Pawar is a politician obsessed with staying in power

My article in DailyO. Sharad Pawar, the Maratha strongman, celebrated his 75th birthday last week. The entire who's who of Indian political system President Pranab Mukherjee, vice president Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the event, to commemorate the occasion. Prominent politicians like Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi

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Can a mega anti-BJP alliance win against Modi in Lok Sabha 2019?

My article in DailyO . The spectacular win of Nitish Kumar in Bihar and a convergence of anti-BJP forces (regional players like the Congress and the Left) in his swearing-in ceremony is seen by political pundits as a build-up before the formation of a grand anti-Modi alliance in the country.

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Why NDA’s minority woes won’t end till 2019 polls

My article in DailyO . The winter session of Parliament started on November 26. The Opposition, buoyed by the poor showing of BJP in Bihar polls, is all set to corner the government on a host of issues ranging from rising intolerance to rising prices of essential commodities. The fate

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Why Lalu will not make Nitish Kumar the biggest loser of Bihar elections

My article in DailyO. I was glued to the TV sets on the Bihar verdict day and witnessed another BJP defeat after Delhi polls in early part of the year. I distinctly remember some BJP spokespersons coming on TV and instead of focussing on how and why they lost, they

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Forget exit polls, Bihar’s verdict will be a Game of Others

My article in DailyO. Others, consisting of independents and small parties, have been a force to reckon with in Bihar politics for the past four decades. They have played a key role in hung assemblies, especially in 1990, to elect Lalu as chief minister of the state for the first

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11 reasons why the last phase of Bihar polls will change everything

My first article in DailyO. The last leg of the keenly followed and contested Bihar elections (Phase V) will commence on November 5. This will draw the curtain over the arduous and long battle Bihar has seen over the past three months. "Who will win Bihar" is a million-dollar question and everybody has their own take

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Salaried class is the biggest loser in Jaitley’s Budget

My article in DailyO. Salaried class is once again left disappointed with the Budget presented by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on February 29, 2016. No tax breaks, no concessions, no enhanced deductions, no parity with corporates/professionals (who are taxed on net income basis after deduction of all expenses), no

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Leave aside Mamata, BJP won’t even unseat Left in Bengal

My article in DailyO. BJP recorded its best ever performance in Lok Sabha polls in May 2014, bagging two seats in West Bengal and tripling its vote share to 17 per cent. This performance was significant because BJP's seat tally was similar to the Left front's, which ruled the state

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Can BJP mark its entry in Assam?

My article in DailyO. Assam is witnessing a riveting three-cornered contest between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Congress and the Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). The Congress has been ruling the state for the past 15 years, under Tarun Gogoi. The BJP recorded its best performance

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