Inder Malhotra


Inder Malhotra

The omens are ominous

Sudden the transfer of Gujarat governor Kamala Beniwal may be, surprising it certainly is not. Hers is a special case even among the politicians appointed as governors by the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government whom the Modi government is determined to evict from Raj Bhavans.

The way of all flesh

However intense the hostility between them, all political parties in this country — particularly, the two mainstream ones, the Congress, now battered humiliatingly, and the Bharatiya Janata Party that has become the first to attain a clear majority in the Lok Sabha in 30 years — are alike.

Arm the Services

All through the painfully protracted and unquestionably nastiest election campaign, there was just one speech that expressed some concern for national defence and security.

Family and the party

Last week’s posturing by the Congress Party, reduced to a pitiable strength of 44 in the Lok Sabha, was almost entirely as expected. First the Congress Working Committee rejected “unanimously” and ostentatiously the resignations of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and the party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi that were surely called for because of the party’s virtual decimation under their leadership.

Rebellion before resurgence?

In the clearest electoral verdict since 1984, the Indian voter has handed Narendra Modi, rather than the Bharatiya Janata Party he now personifies, a victory far more spectacular than was generally anticipated. Consequently, the Congress Party, the core of the United Progressive Alliance that ruled the country for the past decade, has suffered not just a rout but virtual decimation.

Elections 2014: Features of note

Thank God the seemingly endless general election, India’s 16th, is over. Perfervid discussions and disputations on the numerous exit polls have taken over. Conspicuously all these give the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party, together with its existing allies in the National Democratic Alliance, sufficient majority for the “Modi sarkar” to take over.

Word for word

Even after today’s voting, there will be two more rounds of polling in the next fortnight. Something even worse might yet happen in this last lap of the rather protracted 16th parliamentary poll.

The cuckoo in the nest

As was only to be expected, Sanjaya Baru’s book, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, has been slammed by the Prime Minister’s Office and far more furiously by the Congress Party which is obviously enraged more by the timing of the book’s release than its contents.

The Corruptibles

Long years in journalism — both thrilling and troublesome at the same time — have taught me never to conclude that things are so bad that they can’t get worse.

Much as I am tempted to see the fuss over Ved Pratap Vaidik’s posturing as a warning against busybodies and meddlers, wholesale condemnation of what is known as Track Two diplomacy might be unfair.

There is considerable speculation about when the Planning Commission will be reconstituted and who will occupy the largest room in Yojana Bhavan.