'When I was denied a BJP ticket I was faced with a dilemma. My sons said the honourable thing for you to do is to meet the cry of the electorate. The cry of the electorate was, "You have to come here because you are the only one that can contain this rot -- of casteism -- in this border area." We are not, and have never been casteist in this area.' 'I think the BJP will be the single largest party. Will it have enough numbers to form a government? I don't see those numbers as of today, and on ... Rediff.com, 2 days ago
Seventy-six is not an age to be plowing a lonely furrow in the heartless electoral fields of India, especially in Rajasthan, given the heat in summer, but Jaswant Singh, the expelled Bharatiya Janata Party veteran, is not exactly alone, says Rediff.com's Saisuresh Sivaswamy. Coming to his aid in Barmer, his hometown where he is contesting from as an Independent, are the state's musical tradition going back centuries and a band of young, technology-driven troops. What brings the two extremes ...Rediff.com, 3 days ago
'Prime Minister Manmohan Singh refused to allow us to project his real personality to let the people of India know exactly what he really was. He was always shying away from greater public exposure.' 'Since the last two years we have seen enormous criticism, ridiculing the prime minister. He has been made into an object of jokes. It certainly hurts. I think this man deserves lots of good reviews... His contribution to social policy, his contribution to the economy, his contribution to ...Rediff.com, 4 days ago
Stepping up attack on Sanjay Baru's book brought out in the midst of Lok Sabha elections, Congress on Tuesday dubbed it as "mother of all plants" and asserted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi have the "best of relations". In a lengthy statement, Congress dwelt at length over the book by the former media advisor of the prime minister, dubbing his account as "baseless and riddled with contradictions." Click here to read full text of the Congress media release ...Rediff.com, 4 days ago
The BJP may have declined him Barmer, but Independent candidate Jaswant Singh doesn't intend to go down without a fight for the seat. His road show on Sunday, in Jaisalmer, showed his resolve, and appeal, reports Rediff.com's Saisuresh Sivaswamy. On Sunday, Jaswant Singh, the expelled Bharatiya Janata Party veteran, mounted, by all accounts, a never-seen-before show of strength in Jaisalmer, the assembly constituency that is part of the Barmer Lok Sabha seat where he is contesting as an ...Rediff.com, 5 days ago
'Rahul Gandhi was not wrong in invoking the 2002 Gujarat riots, but when Arnab Goswami threw the curve ball of judicial clean chit to Modi, he did not know what to say.' 'A better-prepared man would have come back that it was not a question of judicial clean chits, but about owing up moral responsibility, would have even cited Vajpayee's rajdharma plea,' argues Saisuresh Sivaswamy. As a rule politicians are loath to give answers. As a rule they would rather avoid being asked questions, ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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