‘Achhe din’ giving BJP a miss?

The excuses are running thin; The photoshop has lost novelty; The joke is on us; When will ‘Achhe din’ come? - my latest livemint column *** I watched the video clip of Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s disarmingly candid chat in mid-September, where he talks about the origins of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slogan—‘achhe din aayenge’ (good days … Continue reading ‘Achhe din’ giving BJP a miss?

Does the BJP need to rein in Narendra Modi?

Since May 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has been running in fits and starts. Some stalwarts keep themselves busy spinning tales and lawyerly arguments to defend the government and defame the opposition, quite forgetting that it is this reliance on moralistic rhetoric that partly led to the fall of the United Progressive Alliance-II … Continue reading Does the BJP need to rein in Narendra Modi?

“A new low in Indian politics” – Rana Ayyub’s column on Amit Shah

This is Rana Ayyub's column on the notorious under-trial Amit Shah, who has now taken over as BJP President. This column was supposedly taken off from the DNA website. Posting here from the cache files. *** Late last week, a special CBI court adjourned the bail application of Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin and Tulsi … Continue reading “A new low in Indian politics” – Rana Ayyub’s column on Amit Shah

Bhagwati’s ‘ab ki baar…’ politics

Unsurprisingly, Jagdish Bhagwati is a sort of academic celebrity these days. In addition to the tag of being the most famous living economist to have never won a Nobel prize, Bhagwati has earned himself the credential of being an unabashed supporter of Narendra Modi. This was established beyond doubt when in January, earlier this year, … Continue reading Bhagwati’s ‘ab ki baar…’ politics

Why am I against Narendra Modi as Prime Minister?

Written originally eighteen months back, unsurprisingly, every word sounds true. Self-fulfilling prophecy? Fair enough I guess. *** The debate around Narendra Modi has been quite toxic and no one will concede that the other is unbiased. I think we also forget that it is ok for us not to agree on each other's political choices. … Continue reading Why am I against Narendra Modi as Prime Minister?

The man and the manifesto

Some observers are upset that the principal opposition party in India’s 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has issued its election manifesto only on the morning of the first day of polling. BJP’s spokespersons claimed that the party’s agenda has been the clearest among all political parties and has been articulated over … Continue reading The man and the manifesto