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How Manmohan Singh Killed the Congress

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An inglorious legacy • A trail of wreckage

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1962: A Gandhian War

Neville Maxwell has struck again: in leaking the Henderson- Brooks report, Maxwell’s assertion that Jawaharlal Nehru was responsible for the 1962 debacle is made incontrovertible. After all, a high-…

A Bad Joke and a Holy Pledge

When was the last time anyone heard Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar crack a joke? Now we know why. Because: a) no one can make out whether it is a joke or he is serious; and b) no…

Last Man Standing

It is 1959. SV Raju is 26 and looking for a job in Mumbai. He has been working as a trainee with a journalist who knows Minoo Masani, the renowned parliamentarian. The statesman C Rajagopalachari and…

The Cub’s Last Roar

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray is an angry man. He is angry at the ambitions of his partymen, at his cousin Raj Thackeray for upstaging him, and at Maharashtra’s Deputy CM and NCP leader Ajit…

Is it a Wave or a Whirl?

From the aperture in the gate, a man says entry to Rampura House is forbidden. Outside, a few men are waiting for an audience with Rao Ajit Singh, son of the late Rao Birender Singh who is from the…

Fear and Loathing in Lutyens’ Delhi

As I begin this essay on the feudal nature of political Delhi and why Narendra Modi is sending shivers up the spines of those who constitute the Durbar, the first thing that comes to my mind is a…

When a Candidate Leads a Market Rally

Stockmarket indices at historical highs in times of economic gloom could seem paradoxical. Share price movements, however, often depend on expectations of the future. Right now, perceptions prevail…

Dev, Bengali actor turned politician

West Bengal topped the charts for crimes against women last year but that did not deter Trinamool Congress candidate Dipak Adhikari from making a ridiculously insensitive remark comparing the…

The Usual Fist-shaking at Switzerland

When it comes to concrete efforts towards recovering unaccounted money stashed away abroad, there is more talk than action. Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s recent outburst at the Swiss government…

The ‘Nausea’ of Hanging On

In the run up to the IPL, it is not cricket that is making news, but a Supreme Court proposal. The SC wants BCCI’s President N Srinivasan—arguably the strongest cricket administrator in the world—…