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K Chandrashekar Rao: The King of Telangana

THE POLITICAL career of K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) seems to somewhat mirror Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In many ways, he’s two characters rolled into one. His Telangana Rashtra…

Ashok Gehlot: The Desert Fox

SON OF A magician, Congress veteran Ashok Gehlot has often been quoted as saying that if he had not become a politician, he would have followed in his father’s footsteps despite his degrees in law,…

Kamal Nath: The Artful Doer

AS HE GAINED in political seniority and experience working with two generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family, Kamal Nath grew into a skilled go-to man for the Congress whose services were relied upon…

Rahul Gandhi: A Challenger Is Born

AT A RALLY IN Indore’s Luv Kush Square on November 18th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at his caustic best poking fun at Congress President Rahul Gandhi. He claimed Gandhi’s own partymen don’t…

Banking on the Governor

THE ‘CLINTON-GREENSPAN’ mix is a fable of intermediate macroeconomics classes in many American universities. The odd combination of surnames refers to a ‘dream’ mix of fiscal and monetary policies…

Modi versus Rahul

THERE COMES A time when an election defies both psephology and media psychology. When the mathematics of caste and the behavioural science of demography are made redundant by the kinetic force of an…

Election Diary

IT WOULD HARDLY be an exaggeration to suggest that hardly anyone in the BJP anticipated the scale of December 11th’s defeat in the assembly elections. At best, there was an anticipation of defeat in…

Vijay Mallya: Bad Times

ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER the extradition of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland chopper purchase case, Vijay Mallya, founder of the erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines, tweeted, ‘…

We, Some of the People

WILL OF THE people—the basis for the shaping of the modern world and the triumph of democracy— has always been a nebulous construct. It is an idea that is almost always gamed. Like Vladmir Putin, who…

Youth is Rahul’s Oldest Tradition

THEY MOCKED HIM as ‘Rahul Baba’. They called him ‘Pappu’. Narendra Modi didn’t quite say ‘Rahul Mian’, but his sneering ‘Shehzada’ betrayed the communal bias that seems to poison the Prime Minister’s…