'I hope Prime Minister Modi will take the population bull by the horns,' says Sudhir Bisht. The Bharatiya Janata Party has won the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly elections very comfortably. It has also been invited to form the government in Goa and in all likelihood, it will stake its claim to form the government in Manipur. The BJP lost the Punjab assembly elections that it fought alongside its senior partner, the Shiromani Akali Dal, but it hasn't been able to induce any sadness in ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Manish Sisodia's elevation as Delhi CM would set Arvind Kejriwal free to take up a significant role in national politics or he could return to activism, says Sudhir Bisht. The drubbing of the Aam Aadmi Party candidate in the Rajouri Garden assembly by-poll in Delhi last week didn't surprise me at all. Voters in this constituency had voted for AAP candidate Jarnail Singh in the February 2015 election. Singh had, in April 2009, hurled a shoe at then home minister P Chidambaram during a press ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
While a lot of TN farmers are indeed in a very bad condition, the agitation at Jantar Mantar doesn't seem to be apolitical, says Sudhir Bisht. A group of farmers from Tamil Nadu has been protesting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi for the past several days, demanding a loan waiver from the central government. Media reports showed some of them wearing a 'garland of skulls', apparently of their brethren who committed suicide in Tiruchirappalli, Karur and Thanjavur districts of Tamil Nadu. I ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
'It is best Sidhu shuns his role as Kapil Sharma's Paaji and instead concentrates on serving the people of Punjab,' says Sudhir Bisht.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Former India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu -- who has also been a cricket commentator, a member of the Lok Sabha and for a short while a member of the Rajya Sabha -- is a permanent fixture as the glorified sidekick (that's how I see him) of the lead anchor on The Kapil Sharma Show. He is also now a minister in Captain ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
If the people of Tamil Nadu stop deifying their leaders and start evaluating them more objectively, the political masters too may change their wayward behaviour, argues Sudhir Bisht. In the 1980s, just a few years before his retirement, my father was able to build a small house in Delhi. At that time, he wanted to rent his 60 square metre house to someone who was least likely to usurp his only property in Delhi. After all, his retirement was just four years away and he couldn't risk having a ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
I agree he is honest, but what is the use of such honesty if he couldn't crack a whip and expel those who plundered the wealth of the country, asks Sudhir Bisht. After Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's 'earthquake' didn't create any tremors, his party is now riding on the coattails of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'raincoat' remark against his predecessor Manmohan Singh to shake Parliament up during the Budget session. The grand old party has threatened that it will not allow the ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
‘Well done Mr Jaitley, now go and implement your schemes. No leakages, no lapses and no laziness,’ columnist Sudhir Bisht's mother's wise words for the finance minister. Illustrations: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com. Every year, after the finance minister announces his Budget for the next financial year, my mother, a 78-year old homemaker who lives with my 82-year old father, a retired bureaucrat, asks me a few questions. I try to answer them in the form of giving facts, without offering my ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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