Any settlement with Pakistan won't last unless it comes with big power guarantees, feels Shekhar Gupta. There are three words voters the world over love now, and three they detest. The things they like are: Change, disruption, even political and ideological iconoclasm. The three they abhor: Status quo, establishments, political correctness. Donald Trump is only the latest personification of this. This is precisely what brought Narendra Modi to power and keeps his popularity going. In fact, it ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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The question is no longer whether he will win 2019; it's what he will do with the new status, says Shekhar Gupta. The description 'tectonic shift' was first used for election results on Saturday morning by Union Cabinet Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. It has since gathered currency among pundits and partisans. Narendra Modi has swept Uttar Pradesh as no one had since the post-Emergency Janata wave. The Congress looks at single figures in a state where its vice-president campaigned as 'UP ka ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Much of the pre-2014 peace in our hotspots is diminished.Kashmir is on the boil and the Northeast is anarchic, observes Shekhar Gupta. For almost a decade now, it has been plausible to argue that India was more secure externally and internally than it had ever been. It will be hasty to call an end to it, or to declare that it was just a passing epoch. It will also be complacent not to note new threats. The external front is still the same as before, in spite of the months when the LoC lights ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
As controversy grows with Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and BSP chief Mayawati raising questions over EVM tampering in the Punjab and UP elections, the Chief Election Commissioner S Nasim Zaidi speaks in this exclusive interview to ...MSN India, 1 month ago
There is nothing the young Purvanchali wants more desperately than to escape to a place with less hopelessness, and some opportunity, discovers Shekhar Gupta. IMAGE: A filthy toilet next to the encephalitis ward at the BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur during the encephalitis epidemic in October 2011. Photograph: Nishi Tiwari/Rediff.com Badlands is one of those familiar Americanisms, like ballpark, Wild West and gentrification that feature in our usage more as malapropisms. In Uttar Pradesh, many ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'You worry when serious people, with control of our and our children's future, begin to start obsessing over social media, seeing it as an easy, lazy, fun, low-cost substitute for boring, old-fashioned practices of politics, governance and serious, fact-based debate,' says Shekhar Gupta.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Over the past couple of weeks, we have seen social media show its real powers. It created most significant global headlines as Presidents Donald Trump and Enrique ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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