From son of soil to Hindutva and from the BJP to Hardik Patel, the Shiv Sena has changed its stand time to time to reinvent itself, notes Aditi Phadnis. Ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections (which incidentally features at least one candidate with assets over Rs 680 crore), the Sena broke ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra. But last we checked, ministers from the Shiv Sena continued to serve in the Union Cabinet. They don't seem to be going anywhere. The ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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Reaching out to the influential Gujarati community ahead of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday managed to rope in BJP’s bête noire and Patildar leader Hardik Patel. Sena sources claimed that Patel, who has ...DNA, 1 month ago
Currency notes worth lakhs of rupees were showered during the performance of Lok Dayro singer Kirtidan Gadhavi in Gujarat's Vapi. This was at a Shrimad Bhagwat Katha event organised by the Shree Swaminarayan Shikshan Sansthan. Paying no heed to the ...catchnews.com, 1 month ago
‘When it vanishes as a national force (meaning when it can no longer get sufficient votes to hold onto its symbol, the hand), it will not have been the first large Indian party to die,’ says Aakar Patel. How do political parties die? It is interesting to look at this as we observe the long and slow death of the Congress. India's oldest party was formed 132 years ago and has been out of power for only three years. But it is clear that as a national force it is comatose if not dead.Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
What's common between Parag Shah and Prakash Gamre, Mumbaikars who are contesting the election to the richest municipal corporation in India? Nothing, except they form two extreme ends of the same spectrum, and both are contesting their first-ever election! Shah, the richest candidate ever to contest any election in Maharashtra, and Gamre, with a zero bank balance, share the same dream of serving the ordinary Mumbaikar. Rediff.com's Prasanna D Zore meets the two candidates to find how they ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
IN 1575, a lady by the name of Gulbadan Begum set out on pilgrimage to Mecca, only to find herself delayed for an entire year in Surat. The authorities wouldn’t grant her permission to sail, and in the end she had to arrange for the town of Bulsar to be ...Open Magazine, 2 months ago
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs in the United States Department of State, Nisha Desai Biswal, speaks in thick American accent. But, ask her whether she knows her 'mother tongue' and she quickly responds, "Hun Gujarati Chun." ...Deccan Herald, 2 months ago
Its a comeback not many were expecting. Till about 10 months ago, speculation was rife that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) would be wiped off the political map of Punjab, given the anti-incumbency factor it was facing after nearly 10 years in power. The ...catchnews.com, 2 months ago
M S Dhoni was a byproduct of the true democratisation of Indian cricket, exemplified by the rapid and wider dispersal of the game in the new millennium. Cricket was always sequestered in India, played in vast swathes but more successfully in some pockets of ...The Financial Chronicle, 2 months ago
Where there are five economists, there are six opinions, my professor used to say. As youngsters from a rather snooty college, bubbling with idealism to set things right, we thought him to be a cynical academic. Imperfect science, this economics, we thought.The Financial Chronicle, 2 months ago
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