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Can Rahul wake up


Rising from deep slumber? Well Kumbhakarna did it. And the bumbling giant brought Ravan’s Lanka crumbling down from on high and paved the way for the storied and triumphal return of Rama to Ayodhya….

How the BJP let BSY stew in the caste cauldron


Waiting to exhale… If you were expecting to heave a collective sigh of relief in the belief that all was finally well with the ruling party and this was it, aaaah, we could expect a spell of half-way

BJP & BSY: Waiting for the Shettar Redemption


It hasn’t rained in Karnataka, but it’s pouring chief ministers! Hopefully, by Monday, we will have one man in place, instead of the two that are floating around, not clear whether they should be smil

Losing BSY bad, losing Lingayats catastrophe

It isn’t the end of the world for the BJP. But it might as well be. At 4 pm on Friday, eight ministers in the D V Sadananda Gowda cabinet received a telephone call from their mentor Mr B S Yeddyura

Disunited states of India, here we come


As someone once said “If they play dirty, then you play dirty.”

But it still doesn’t make complete sense. The timing, for one... There’s at least another ten months to go before the assembly electio

Where have all the good men gone?


As Karnataka marks sixty years of the founding of its legislative assembly, one is reminded of another country, another time, another place. Scouring the centuries-old cobble-stoned marketplace in Bag

Of egos, tantrums and prima donnas


If it’s confession time, mine would be that I have more respect for a man - or a woman - who picks solititude over the clamour, and has the ability to arrive at a conclusion independent of pressure gr

What’s Congress really afraid of? A Siddu in the house or a Modi in Delhi


If the Congress has any intentions of making a play for the assembly elections next year and crucial parliamentary polls in the next, the infighting that has bedevilled its ranks for all the years it'

Modi, Gadkari bhai bhai, Advani, Sushma bye bye


The square peg of the BJP in the round hole of our secular democracy. Will it ever be a fit?

That’s been the classic criticism of the saffronists as they attempted to reinvent themselves every time

Ultimate saffronist steps across the rekha?


The importance that the BJP is giving to the Legislative Council elections that are due three weeks from now, give the game away. This is a party that may take to the airwaves and pound away, oh so ho

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.