Anand K. Sahay

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Manufacturing a saffron wave

If there is no “wave” or lehar (which will produce the right parliamentary numbers), there can be no “stability” — that’s what the image-makers for a particular brand are saying to us, in effect.

Pied Piper’s pursuit of power

The grander idea of politics has tended to get submerged in recent times under statistical information mostly to do with growth rates, price trends, so-called corruption indices, and pre-election surveys exposed as being of doubtful value since many have been done by pollsters ready to bend the analysis depending on the weight of the purse thrown at them.

If Modi is a karma yogi...

Since Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi has taken to tea-time tales —“chai pe charcha” — as a serious tool of political marketing (Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, not known for her humour, makes fun of him — she says she does this 365 days a year, not just before elections!), he might as well confirm that he will indeed be contesting the Lok Sabha election, and not wait for 272 to be in the bag before he just steps forward for coronation.

On your mark, get set, go

Evidently, Rahul Gandhi can speak. Many had come to doubt he could. He has not said much in the 10 years he has been in Lok Sabha.

Welcome Ayatollah Hindustani

India’s Parliament may have to rue the day it recklessly cleared the Lokpal Bill in its present form under the pressure of demagogues and populist agenda-setters, without any safeguards for the Westminster system which has served us reasonably well for 60 years.

Tear up the ordinance & make history

Rahul Gandhi’s intervention last Friday on the side of the Supreme Court and the people, and against the ordinance-in-the-making that seeks to bail out criminal politicians, was the stuff of history.

Of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been thoughtlessly and in a hurry jumping into every available situation, without verifying basic facts, to criticise the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Madhu Kishwar, as the editor of Manushi, set the feminism agenda for many Indian women decades ago. Madhu Kishwar as chief media admirer of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi is another story completely. The first Kishwar has been declared missing, never to be found.