Tuesday 21 February 2017

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Will Politics shrink in 2017?


Politics in 2017 needs to find a way to evolve into something more meaningful than just sharp slogans and high-pitched rhetoric aimed at wooing gullible voters. The global rise of populist demagogues like Donald Trump suggests a growing fatigue with political correctness and liberal values.READ

Demonetisation: Modi risks winning Battle, losing War


For how long will Mr Modi ride on individual charisma without ushering in greater legal and institutional reform? READ

Family First politics


Such family-run parties survive so long as the “supremo” is alive and is able to exercise his authority over competing party factions. But what happens when the leader at the top begins to lose his grip? READ

Modi's firm message, but can war-mongers be kept at bay?


The question then is, will the Modi administration follow up the surgical strikes with a more concerted assault on Pakistans terror machine. Elections in the key state of Uttar Pradesh are just months away and Modi is aware that he cannot afford another jhappi-pappi moment with Nawaz Sharif , which is why the Saarc summit has been called off.READ

AAP at the crossroads


With AAP falling off its high moral perch, a certain middle class disillusionment has set in: Kejriwal is no longer the icon of the class that embraced him during the Anna movement.READ

Dil Maange More: A sports revolution


Kheloge kudoge to hoge kharab, padhoge likhoge to banoge nawab (if you play, you will be wasting your life, but if you study you will be a king). Yes, we like the idea of our son finishing first in the school athletics competition, but would rather he got into IIT or medical college. READ

Gau Rakshak are anti-Dalit: Why should BJP worry


Statistics show that atrocities against Dalits have been on the rise in Gujarat even as conviction rates are among the lowest in the country. It is almost as if Dalits are finally waking up to a harsh reality that participation in a rath yatra or a riot for that matter won’t change the feudal order in regions like Saurashtra where the rigidity of caste traditions has still not been annihilated.READ

Don't write off Smriti Irani


Make no mistake: Ms Irani is a talented politician. She is a first-rate orator, multi-lingual, charismatic and someone who can create an instant connect with large audiences. Those are all fine qualities to possess in this media age of 360-degree communication. But they need not necessarily make you an effective minister.READ

The muck if Indian politics


Four recent instances highlight just how the disease of immoral politics is now a contagion that has spread across the political class. No party is immune to its depravity.READ

PM Modi and the TINA factor


In a general election race though, Modi remains the front-runner because he is the beneficiary of the TINA (there is no alternative) factor. There is no evidence in the last two years that Rahul Gandhi has the appetite to challenge Modi as a pan-Indian leader. Regional satraps have their limitations too. READ

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One of India’s most respected journalists, Rajdeep Sardesai, has nearly three decades of journalistic experience in print and tv. He has been the founder- editor of chief of IBN 18 network, which included CNN IBN. Prior to setting up the IBN network, he was the managing editor of NDTV 24 x 7 and NDTV India. Rajdeep has won more than 100 national and international awards for journalism, including the Padma Shri in 2008. He is currently consulting editor at the India Today group.


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