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केजरीवाल को आआपा के संस्थापक सदस्यों का खुला पत्र

माननीय अरविन्द केजरीवाल महोदय, अशोक खेमका ने रॉबर्ट वाड्रा के ज़मीन के सौदे को रद्द किया। युद्धवीर सिंह ख़यालिया ने वाड्रा को क्लीन चिट दे दी। आपने उसी युद्धवीर सिंह को हिसार से लोकसभा का टिकट क्यों दिया? कौन ईमानदार है — अशोक खेमका या युद्धवीर सिंह? आपके पास दिल्ली जल बोर्ड के रु 400 […]

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Who blocked Modi’s passage to US and why

Well-intentioned US policies sometimes work out in absurd ways, but this is hard to top. In a few weeks, India, the world’s largest democracy, will probably elect as its next prime minister a politician who for nearly a decade has been prohibited from setting foot on the American soil. The banned Indian politician is Narendra […]

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Is It Nishkama Karma?

Economists Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya had endeared to the educated masses by offering spirited, scholarly defence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s model of governance last year. Now that they say they are looking for a role in the government of the subject of their treatises, their edifice of credibility collapses. This is truer […]

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Looks Like Anti-Incumbency

Activists of the BJP and Shiv Sena were despairing almost till 4 pm yesterday as voting in Mumbai was hardly indicative of the people’s urge to participate in democracy, the heightened political sensitisation since 2011 notwithstanding. The turnout was a trickle even as booth managers complained up to 6 lakh adults did not find their […]

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Lok Satta dumps AAP, embraces Modi

Before the Delhi Assembly elections, Lok Satta Party (LSP) president N Jayaprakash Narayan had tweeted an appreciative message for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The AAP dealt with it dually. On the one hand, it used the tweet for advertising itself. On the other, its Facebook manager Ankit Lal tweeted acerbically that the appreciation should […]

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Reassuring WhatsApp users

There were widely shared concerns of the free application getting monetized and privacy getting compromised when there was news of social media giant Facebook acquiring WhatsApp. Since Facebook generates a majority of its revenue from advertising, WhatsApp users became concerned about their privacy. No Indian media outlet reported the reassuring message from WhatsApp blog. Hence, […]

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Shazia will be a nagging problem for AAP

As a founding member of the Aam Aadmi Party, I observed that this woman — who was a known face by then, thanks to her regular appearances on television as India against Corruption’s spokesperson — was quite jovial and easy to mingle with, and yet I was not comfortable interacting with her. The reason was […]

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Modi overrules suggestions of communal advisers

Speaking at a discussion on biographies of Narendra Modi, journalist Surajit Dasgupta gives an example of how the Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate overrules his advisers when they urge him to discriminate on communal lines. Dasgupta was quoting from the book,Narendra Modi: The Gamechanger.  

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Welcome to a dream

Readers of newspapers have longed for variety, and viewers of news television have yearned for seriousness for ages. Seasoned journalists acknowledge the deficit, but doubt experiments will succeed. But someone must take the plunge and try hard, we thought. The name we have given to this initiative is Sirf News. The first word in the bilingual term underscores the fact that all efforts to create an alternative media platform have had less than satisfactory results. Lack of reports in the magazines and portals run by citizen journalists owes to the absence of a fundamental idea among them that an opinion cannot exist without a fact to base it on. It’s the diagnosis of the malaise that went awry.

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Why I Support Narendra Modi

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] few days ago, I was speaking to an old friend from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, who has been a supporter of an ultra-Left ideology. My decision to support Narendra Modi was greeted with surprise since, in the JNU during the 1990s, I was never considered close to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s student union Akhil […]