On the basis of many conversations with stakeholders on the Telangana issue, Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt presents an FAQ to help understand the politics of posturing and realpolitik on the ground to win seats. The questions are many and the answers are not straight. When a crime occurs, the first question police asks is, who benefits from the crime? Whatever happened in the Lok Sabha on Thursday was a criminal offence. Who benefited from the violence that was unleashed as per ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'Advani's observation on Modi, an attempt to cut the BJP's prime ministerial nominee down to size, billing him a mere event manager like Vijay Raaz in Mira Nair's film Monsoon Wedding, speaks volumes about their differences.' 'In the coming days, the Congress and BJP may lock horns over the AgustaWestland chopper deal. In an Italian court, Guido Haschke, one of the accused middlemen who allegedly bribed the Indian side, has sought a plea bargain to reduce his jail term if convicted. On or ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
"The mood in the country is the challenge. Everything is going well, but nobody is feeling good. Why? I don't know. Maybe aspirations are too high." "Rahul is a wonderful person. He is a thinking man. He has convictions and is passionate about his work." Sam Pitroda, Gandhi family loyalist, discusses the Congress party and its new leader with Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt. Surely, these are hard times for Congressmen and those who support the Congress party and its leaders. The party's Rs 200 ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Very few old-style RSS workers-turned-leaders have survived Narendra Modi's political ambush in state politics. Harin Pathak's end closes the chapter for Modi who started his post-2002 riots journey with a new mix of profit-centric development and middle class-pleasing commerce, technology-driven communication with voters, and an unspoken Hindutva that speaks only through posturings and symbols. Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt reveals the real reasons for the Modi-Pathak rupture. Narendra Modi has ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Arun Jaitley and Janardan Dwivedi have rewritten the rules of politics in the Age of the Internet and its young and restless user base, reports Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt.. Two political leaders are using social media to spread their messages in a way that can teach a lesson or two to Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. And no, one of them is not Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Arun Jaitley, 62, and Janardan Dwivedi, 68, are showing an acute understanding of the power of the Internet and of ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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