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Sachidananda Murthy
Sachidananda Murthy is Resident Editor, Malayala Manorama, New Delhi
Telltale diplomats  Story Dated : Wed,April,16 2014 17:17 hrs IST Coming as it did during election time, Sanjay Baru's tell all tale on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his special relationship with Sonia Gandhi has become the talking point during the election campaign. Even though Singh himself has remained...
Playing it safe  Story Dated : Wed,April,02 2014 22:53 hrs IST The busiest office in Delhi now is the Election Commission, as it is receiving hundreds of requests daily from both the Central and State Governments for permission to take even routine decisions. The Commission has set up a separate unit to process...
Battle of histrionics  Story Dated : Mon,March,17 2014 17:43 hrs IST Jayaprada stirs lot of interest in politics. The glamourous southern star who shined in films of five languages,has again switched parties. Since the last ten years Uttar Pradesh has been her political base and now she has joined the Rashtriya Lok...
Jaded tales of power  Story Dated : Thu,February,20 2014 12:49 hrs IST Even as Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal are talking of emphasis for youth, the old guard in many states are refusing to take guard. Some senior politicians who have completed more than half a century of electioneering and fought...
An uphill task  Story Dated : Mon,February,03 2014 17:35 hrs IST The Congress high command seems to have finally decided to shrug off the pressure of veteran Narain Dutt Tiwari in choosing a new Chief Minister for Uttarakhand. Tiwari, who has been Chief Minister of both undivided Uttar Pradesh and the newer state...
The power of aam aadmi   Story Dated : Sun,December,29 2013 23:41 hrs IST The success of Aam Aadmi Party has rung alarm bells not only for the congress but also for BJP and regional parties across the country.Volunteers of India Against Corruption are quickly morphing themselves into units of the new born party which has...
Message is loud and clear  Story Dated : Mon,December,16 2013 17:06 hrs IST Several developments last week would give food for thought for police all over the country. The spontaneous protest by Thiruvananthapuram resident Sandhya over the tyranny of road blocks by the LDF has caught the imagination of citizens put to...
Spanners and cogged wheels  Story Dated : Wed,December,04 2013 23:11 hrs IST Every minister and bureaucrat knows that consultation with a few key ministries is essential for major decisions. These ministries are Finance, Home, Law and Personnel. Most of the files go to Finance as every new expense or concession involving...
Cautious march towards magic figure  Story Dated : Thu,November,21 2013 17:41 hrs IST Even as frontline leaders are engaged in campainging for the five Assembly elections, both the Congress and BJP are continuing their efforts for finding more allies in their bid to expand the UPA and NDA. Despite the shrill and very acrimonious...
Bulwark against unwarranted transfers   Story Dated : Fri,November,08 2013 23:09 hrs IST The Supreme Court's directives on ensuring proper tenures for bureaucrats, especially those at the cutting edge of the government like revenue, police and mining officials, has had a muted response from the political class so far. States like Uttar...
Speaker's power  Story Dated : Sat,October,19 2013 19:17 hrs IST Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's decision to reject resignation letters of 13 Andhra Pradesh members has triggered a legal debate on the powers of the speaker. Meira who had sat on the resignation of some members for more than two months has come to...
Congress at it again!  Story Dated : Mon,October,07 2013 20:03 hrs IST The season of freebies has begun ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and banks are at the centre of the government's thinking. Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who takes credit for the loan waiver scheme of 2008, which paid rich dividends for Congress...
A safe bet  Story Dated : Sat,September,21 2013 22:39 hrs IST The proposed entry of Nandan Nilekhani into electoral politics has caused excitement in the countdown to the Lok Sabha elections. Nilekhani, the co-founder of Infosys technologies is a successful entrepreneur and director, who has made the smooth...
Batting for PM candidate  Story Dated : Wed,September,04 2013 21:15 hrs IST Admirers of Narendra Modi are getting perplexed by the delay in anointing him as the prime ministerial candidate. Such is their frustration that Arun Jaitley, one of the closest advisers of Modi, has warned that the BJP would lose the Lok Sabha...
Control over bureaucracy  Story Dated : Sun,August,11 2013 21:21 hrs IST Strong resistance has come from both congress and opposition ruled states for the proposals made by Union Minister V Narayanasamy to restrict the powers of the state governments over suspension of IAS officers. Narayanasamy, who is the minister of...
The task of being friends with America  Story Dated : Mon,July,22 2013 23:29 hrs IST Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to visit Washington in September to meet president Barack Obama and his team, just months ahead of the end of his second term, while Obama has three more years to go. Compared to the much hyped visit in...
Need for a comprehensive Gulf policy  Story Dated : Tue,July,09 2013 10:32 hrs IST The past few months have been period of intense activity in India's engagement with the Gulf countries. Prime Minister Manmohan singh had even planned to make a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on his way to a multilateral summit in South...
Rail minister from south  Story Dated : Wed,June,26 2013 23:28 hrs IST After a long time, the railway portfolio has come to a minister from the south.The last South Indian to hold the portfolio was C K Jaffer Sherieff from 1991 to 1995. Then for a brief period, it was Suresh Kalmadi - a Kannadiga settled in...
Opening gambit Story Dated : Sat,June,08 2013 18:23 hrs IST Even as the UPA government struggles to drum up support for getting important legislation passed in a badly divided parliament, the Congress has gone ahead with preparations for the next Lok Sabha elections. Monitored by vice-president Rahul Gandhi,...
Scion Legion  Story Dated : Wed,May,22 2013 20:47 hrs IST BJP President Rajnath Singh is giving lot of importance to Varun Gandhi in party affairs. The son of Sanjay and Maneka Gandhi is enjoying the spotlight as he travels round Uttar Pradesh talking of revival of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The youngest...
Testing with confidence Story Dated : Mon,March,25 2013 15:38 hrs IST No-confidence motion is no more considered a serious tool of parliamentary opposition. During the recent times, major opposition parties have avoided using this extreme provision in the rules of business against the governmentin the Lok Sabha.In...
Poll Equations  Story Dated : Sat,February,23 2013 11:05 hrs IST Both Congress and Bharatiya Janata party have a common cause. Both the national parties want to expand the network of alliance with regional parties before the Lok Sabha elections next year. The Congress in its brainstorming session at Jaipur had...
In pursuit of statehood  Story Dated : Sun,January,20 2013 12:37 hrs IST Expectations are high among people of Telengana as the deadline nears for a policy decision on the statehood demand. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shindhe had declared after an all party meeting in December end that he would give out his solution...
Priorities Redefined  Story Dated : Mon,December,03 2012 18:44 hrs IST P Chidambaram is an optimist. He is hoping that his cabinet colleagues will over rule minister of state for enviornment Jayanti Natarajan on the proposal to create a national investment board headed by the prime minister, which will clear all...
Grassroot Snub Story Dated : Wed,October,31 2012 14:28 hrs IST Trinamool Congress leaders are an angry lot. Mamata Banerjee and her team are getting angrier and angrier with the Congress. The Congress has decided to needle its erstwhile allies by appointing two of Mamata's bitter critics - Adhir...
Mind Name Man Story Dated : Wed,October,31 2012 14:20 hrs IST An astute politician who has been indulging in mind games across the political spectrum is Nitish Kumar.The Bihar chief minister, who is heading a coalition government of Janata Dal (United) and BJP, has no reason to worry about his stability, as...
Road for Rahul  Story Dated : Wed,July,25 2012 13:42 hrs IST If the bigger role for Rahul Gandhi is a ministership in Manmohan Singh government, then he would be emulating his grandmother Indira Gandhi who is the only member of the Nehru Gandhi dynasty to become A minister. Both Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv...
Pilgrimage Diplomacy  Story Dated : Thu,April,12 2012 09:57 hrs IST Though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's wish to visit his birthplace in Pakistan is yet to be fulfilled, he has the satisfaction of helping two Presidents of Pakistan make a pilgrimage to the Dargah of Kwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer. First it was...
Tales of Betrayal  Story Dated : Mon,March,19 2012 14:15 hrs IST Betrayal is a familiar word in Mamata Banerjee's political life. Right from the time she entered politics, she has attacked politicians in her own political party with this allegation. Even during her halcyon days in the Congress, Mamata had accused...
The UP Fortune Wheel  Story Dated : Wed,February,15 2012 16:58 hrs IST Uttar Pradesh elections seems to be having its echoes in Delhi, Dubai and Bangalore, among other places.The heat of the campaigning has caused interesting developments. In Delhi, the income tax department raided the premises of Ponty Chaddha, the...
The ISRO Combustion  Story Dated : Wed,February,01 2012 19:13 hrs IST The scientific community is up in arms against the Manmohan Singh government's decision to ban G. Madhavan Nair and three other former officials of Indian Space Research Organisation from holding any posts in central or state...
Turf War Totems  Story Dated : Tue,January,17 2012 15:28 hrs IST The union cabinet has finally approved the home ministry's proposal to set up a National Counter Terrorism centre, three years after the idea was mooted by P Chidambaram. The minister had taken charge of the home ministry after the deadly terrorist...
Battle for UP  Story Dated : Wed,December,28 2011 18:06 hrs IST The battle for Uttar Pradesh has intensified with the announcement of the election schedule.  The tussle for control of the country's biggest state could also influence national politics in more than one way. While individual reputations...
Crunch the Numbers  Story Dated : Fri,December,16 2011 12:03 hrs IST The new found alliance with Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal shows that the Congress is working with two objectives. The immediate mission is in Uttar Pradesh where Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhury, both members of Lok Sabha, have inherited...
Bitter Sweet Tax  Story Dated : Thu,December,01 2011 17:24 hrs IST The lunch hosted by Pranab Mukherjee for BJP president Nitin Gadkari set many tongues wagging.  Though the dieting Gadkari did not eat too many Bengali sweets, he heard the sweet words of the finance minister.Mukherjee made it clear that...
To Do or Not To  Story Dated : Fri,November,04 2011 15:23 hrs IST Postponement of decisions has given an image of indecision to the prime minister. After the failure to find a solution to the controversies on division of Andhra Pradesh, Manmohan Singh is now confronted with the demands emerging from the home...
Hissar and the Hazare effect  Story Dated : Thu,October,13 2011 18:56 hrs IST The fresh tirade launched by Anna Hazare against the UPA government has hardened the stance of the congress towards the anti corruption crusader. with Anna declaring his opposition to the Congress candidate in Hissar lok sabha by-election, the...
Anna Domino  Story Dated : Tue,August,30 2011 18:52 hrs IST The end of the Anna Hazare fast has presented both an opportunity and a crisis for the prime minister Manmohan Singh.  The suspension of the fast by Anna Hazare after the parliament resolved to adopt the three demands of anna into the...
The Ratings Rap  Story Dated : Tue,August,09 2011 15:14 hrs IST The downgrading of the creditworthiness of United States government by a rating agency could not have come at a worst time for the Manmohan Singh government. The prime minister and his key advisers had decided in July that the second generation...
Legal slight  Story Dated : Fri,July,15 2011 16:08 hrs IST The unsavoury episode involving Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam has come at a time when the Manmohan Singh government is reeling under crisis. It has cost Law minister Veerappa Moily his portfolio.Subramaniam, a top lawyer had been handpicked to...
The Flip-flop Asana  Story Dated : Mon,June,13 2011 15:41 hrs IST Even as the Congress is taking yoga guru Ramdev head on, there are questions being asked in the party on why the government pampered  the controversial saffron-clad sant from Haridwar.Anil Shastri, the editor of the party journal Congress...
The Queen of Cards  Story Dated : Thu,May,26 2011 17:10 hrs IST Jayalalithaa has made her first moves in Tamil Nadu. As expected she has decided to stick to the centuries old secretariat in Fort St george refusing to move into the new secretariat built by M Karunanidhi which she had called a circus top. She has...
The scramble for the UP pie  Story Dated : Mon,May,09 2011 11:27 hrs IST Even before the results of the five Assembly elections are known, both the Congress and the BJP have started making their preparations for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections which is due in the summer of 2012. As senior party leaders return from...
Singh goes global again  Story Dated : Mon,April,11 2011 10:56 hrs IST Amidst the domestic controversies, which have bogged down his government and hurt his image, prime minister Manmohan Singh is still devoting time for foreign policy matters, as he feels India has to get more involved in global affairs. Apart from...
Pandora's N-box  Story Dated : Mon,March,21 2011 11:26 hrs IST The nuclear tragedy in Japan has reopened many issues connected to the country 's nuclear programme. The Prime Minister and the Congress had thought that the vote in parliament on Indo-US nuclear ties in 2008, and the victory of UPA in 2009 general...
Loyal rebel, RIP  Story Dated : Mon,March,07 2011 14:54 hrs IST Challengers of a Prime Minister within the party often have ended up in the prime minister's chair. But Arjun Singh, who had a long, eventful and controversial political career could not convert rebellion into office. Morarji Desai, who had...
The scandal at the doorstep    Story Dated : Tue,February,15 2011 20:52 hrs IST Manmohan Singh's reputation has been sullied by the eruption of scams one after the other. Apart from corruption in these scams, what is equally embarassing for the prime minister is that it appears he had no control over the way critical ministries...
The high-five dream  Story Dated : Tue,January,25 2011 11:23 hrs IST The coming round of assembly elections have not much of an electoral stake for BJP, though the election to the five states of Tamil Nadu,West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry covers 115 Lok Sabha constituencies out of a total of 543, the BJP has...
Portly portfolios  Story Dated : Mon,January,10 2011 12:34 hrs IST The frank admission of home minister P. Chidambaram that the UPA government has not fully understood the factors causing the persistent and high prices of foodgrains and vegetables has caused dismay, and there are insinuations that he is criticising...
Southern sustenance  Story Dated : Wed,December,22 2010 10:43 hrs IST Compared to the Hindi heartland, southern states have been the bigger bulwark of the Congress party in recent times. The 2009 elections saw Andhra Pradesh and Kerala giving bulk of the Lok Sobha seats, while in Tamil Nadu, the party triumphed with...
Land grant politics  Story Dated : Mon,November,22 2010 17:30 hrs IST The current scandals in Maharashtra and Karnataka over large scale allotment of land at the discretion of the chief ministers has shocked the nation, even though many other states have similar absolute powers granted to the chief ministers....
The kill Bill drill Story Dated : Mon,November,01 2010 18:04 hrs IST Ministers who had an embarassing time in the monsoon session of parliament are working hard to ensure that they would have a smooth ride during the winter session which begins on November 9.Senior ministers P. Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal had to...
The comeback plot Story Dated : Tue,October,05 2010 17:01 hrs IST Pervez Musharaff's launch of his own political party has not caused any excitement in the UPAgovernment circles. The former Pakistani general and president launched his party in England, and has vowed to fight the next general elections in his...
D is for Didi, dignity Story Dated : Tue,September,21 2010 10:57 hrs IST Dignity is the key word for Congressmen in West Bengal when they are dealing with Mamata Banerjee, who has been treating the state  Congress very lightly. After the big victory in Lok Sabha elections last year over the CPM led left front,...
The Amma dilemma   Story Dated : Tue,August,10 2010 16:57 hrs IST When Jayalalithaa planned to hold her pre-election rally in the railway grounds at Tiruchy, Railway minister Mamata Banerjee readily obliged giving her approval. DMK leaders in Delhi got agitated and approached Mamata, saying that Jayalalithaa was...
The gathering storm Story Dated : Thu,July,22 2010 19:37 hrs IST Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar is an optimist. Despite political storm between Congress and BJP over the last few weeks, she wants to have a normal parliament session when the monsoon session begins on Monday (July 26). The speaker has spoken to...
Pawar shedding   Story Dated : Wed,July,07 2010 18:26 hrs IST Sharad Pawar's request to the prime minister to reduce the workload as agriculture and food minister has come as a surprise in political circles.For the last six years, Pawar has combined the two key ministries dealing with producers and consumers...
BJP's other Ram   Story Dated : Wed,June,09 2010 13:17 hrs IST Ram Jethmalani has once again proved that he would do political acrobatics to ensure that he remains in Parliament. At 87, the veteran criminal lawyer does not consider himself to be too old and regularly claims he is equal to ten normal...
The question over Question Hour Story Dated : Thu,April,29 2010 21:14 hrs IST Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar is frustrated that the opposition parties disrupt the house the moment it meets at 11 AM.  The house normally starts with the question hour, unless there are special days where no questions are scheduled. This...
The health ministry headache Story Dated : Wed,April,14 2010 17:31 hrs IST The competition for opening medical colleges among different central ministries has become a headache for health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.  Atleast six ministries of the government which have big network of hospitals have come out with...
Aiyar in Upper House  Story Dated : Tue,March,23 2010 16:45 hrs IST The nomination of Mani Shankar Aiyar to the Rajya Sabha by President Pratibha Patil, on recommendation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has raised a controversy.The BJP has alleged that nomination of an active politician, that too a person who was...
Contrasting attitudes  Story Dated : Wed,April,09 2014 16:35 hrs IST Party presidents are expected to lead by example, and in the current round of general elections, a good number of them have taken the electoral plunge. But there are some party bosses, whether they are presidents or general secretaries, who have...
The hotspot of number two   Story Dated : Mon,March,24 2014 22:45 hrs IST Arun Jaitley has quickly discounted the fond hope of Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal that Jaitley would become the deputy prime minister in a Narendra modi led union cabinet.badal, the leader of Akali Dal, the major ally of BJP in Punjab...
All about making the right choice  Story Dated : Tue,March,11 2014 17:43 hrs IST The announcement of election schedule and introduction of model code of conduct has meant President Pranab Mukherjee would be spending more time in Delhi than travelling. it is a tradition for Presidents to remain in the national capital once...
Big say for small parties  Story Dated : Mon,February,10 2014 17:47 hrs IST Even as the frenzy over the general elections gathers momentum, local parties are gearing up for simultaneous assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim. Later this year, assembly polls are due in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal...
Battle lines drawn  Story Dated : Tue,January,21 2014 18:32 hrs IST Both Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi blew the bugle of battle to their party faithful in Delhi, marked by strong rhetoric, emotional appeal and lengthy promises. As expected the big gatherings at Talkatora Stadium and Ramlila Ground cheered their...
In pursuit of clean image  Story Dated : Thu,December,26 2013 23:44 hrs IST Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has been expressing his frustration at the compulsions of coalition politics. Chavan who himself tries to maintain a white image has been forced to give a clean chit to his ministers and Congress...
Bleak prospects  Story Dated : Tue,December,10 2013 11:56 hrs IST As the UPA government completes second term next year, many of its legislative proposals have got stuck in Parliament. One of them is the Women's Reservation Bill, which got passed in Rajya Sabha amid great drama, but is now stuck in the Lok Sabha....
Plenty to be done in winter session  Story Dated : Tue,November,26 2013 15:01 hrs IST Nine days is not a long time, especially for Indian Parliament. The winter session, which begins on December 5 after State Assembly elections are over, will end on December 20. But the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will have only nine effective days of...
Internal pressures on foreign policy  Story Dated : Tue,November,12 2013 15:03 hrs IST The Prime Minister's decision not to travel to Colombo for the Commonwealth summit has once again exposed the pressures of domestic politics on foreign policy. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and national security adviser Shiv Shankar...
Spying on Silence  Story Dated : Thu,October,31 2013 18:44 hrs IST General V K Singh became notorious as army chief when it was found a secretive army unit had listened to conversations in south block, where prime minister and defense minister work from. It was said that the notorious technical services unit,...
Safe mode  Story Dated : Mon,October,14 2013 20:20 hrs IST Sharad Pawar's remarks that nobody is an untouchable in politics while sharing a dialogue with former BJP president Nitin Gadkari has at once triggered speculation that the agriculture minister is weighing his options ahead of next year's general...
Mere tokenism  Story Dated : Tue,October,01 2013 12:49 hrs IST Tokenism from politicians to cut costs at crisis time is nothing new. Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily has decided to travel by public transport every Wednesday showing it as his contribution to reduce use of petrol. He has also asked his Ministry...
Honour beseeched   Story Dated : Sat,September,14 2013 14:19 hrs IST Vice President Hamid Ansari's office wants him to be treated on par with President Pranab Mukherjee in matters of protocol at airports.The Civil Aviation Ministry has been asked why it does not allow a police Guard of Honour to be presented to the...
Awaiting panacea  Story Dated : Wed,August,21 2013 21:21 hrs IST The appointment of Raghuraman Rajan as the governor of Reserve Bank of India has ended a year's standoff between the central bank and the UPA government. The outgoing governor D Subba Rao was stubborn in resisting suggestions made soon after P...
Keeping CBI at arm's length  Story Dated : Sun,August,04 2013 16:02 hrs IST After months of wrestling with the demand for autonomy for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the government has stuck its foot down. Ministers who had handled the fallout of the Anna Hazare agitation for setting up an independent Lokpal Bill...
No room for complaints  Story Dated : Thu,July,18 2013 12:32 hrs IST Pranab Mukherjee completes his first year in Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 25. After the hectic time as the main troubleshooter for the UPA government for eight years, he has had a calm time. All eyes are on the results of next year's Lok Sabha...
Unsavoury confessions  Story Dated : Mon,July,01 2013 17:45 hrs IST There was hardly any reaction from political parties when a prominent BJP leader dropped the bombshell that he had spent 20 times more than the permissible amount for his Lok Sabha election in 2009. Neither the BJP to which Gopinath Munde belongs...
Game Changers  Story Dated : Fri,June,14 2013 21:39 hrs IST The Yadav leaders of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were the big presence, and were credited with finishing the Congress in the two populous states of the Gangetic plain. They were key figures when a Third Front was formed in 1996 to form a government at...
Policy Paralysis  Story Dated : Sun,June,02 2013 23:04 hrs IST The slowdown of the economy in the last few months has alarmed even the admirers of the government, as the prime minister and his economic team has been unable to take major initiatives, after the budget was presented three months ago. The decade's...
Sword of Damocles  Story Dated : Sun,May,05 2013 17:06 hrs IST The fighting amongst the topmost law officers of the government has dented the image of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an administrator very much. Despite having a galaxy of lawyers in his cabinet like P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal, the prime...
Power Stratagem  Story Dated : Mon,March,11 2013 21:29 hrs IST Rahul Gandhi remains the focus for his remarks both on his personal and political goals. The Congress vice president has thrown his party and the opposition by his declaration that he would not be a prime ministerial contender in the 2014 elections,...
Honour conferred or denied?  Story Dated : Thu,January,31 2013 20:33 hrs IST S.Janaki is not the first celebrity to reject the Padma Award conferred on the occasion of Republic Day. Many artistes, social activists and journalists have rejected the award either at the awarding stage or after it is announced. But officials in...
Tussle between two sentiments Story Dated : Mon,December,17 2012 16:43 hrs IST Intense differences between Defence Minister A A Antony and Delhi Chief Minister sheila Dixit over the India Gate lawns in the heart of New Delhi is a tussle between two sentiments. The armed forces think there is no other area better than the large...
Great Expectations Story Dated : Sat,November,10 2012 20:44 hrs IST Much expectations have been placed at the door of veteran minister Kamal Nath by the UPA leadership as the winter session comes nearer.  The businessman-turned-politician has been given charge of parliamentary affairs, at a time when the...
BJP's Winter Dilemma Story Dated : Wed,October,31 2012 14:27 hrs IST BJP president Nitin Gadkari has asked the party's top leaders in parliament like L.K. Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley to meet and discuss the strategy for the coming winter session of parliament. The question he has posed to the top three...
Party Time  Story Dated : Wed,August,08 2012 13:16 hrs IST Anna Hazare has blessed his supporters to start a political party and his team has already announced that they would be in a position to change the country in just three years. The enthusiasm of the acolytes, especially Arvind Kejriwal, who had...
Nitish's newfound halo  Story Dated : Wed,July,18 2012 10:20 hrs IST Nitish Kumar looks much pleased these days. He has become the centre of attraction for ruling UPA, even though the Bihar chief minister is a key member of opposition NDA. His agenda is getting acceptance in both the fronts.Latest success of Kumar is...
The Lawmaking Business   Story Dated : Tue,April,03 2012 10:27 hrs IST The Election Commission has sounded the bugle by countermanding elections to Rajya Sabha from Jharkand, as rich candidates were buying MLAs who are the voters. The Jharkand Assembly has been a hunting ground for industrialists and businessmen,...
Mumbai Soft Pedal  Story Dated : Wed,March,07 2012 16:32 hrs IST The crackdown on Mumbai congress leader Kripashankar Singh by the Mumbai high court has again raised questions on why the party did not remove Singh earlier. Instead his resignation was accepted after the Mumbai high court directed the city police...
Maken's Tackle   Story Dated : Mon,February,13 2012 10:32 hrs IST The series of setbacks suffered by Indian cricket both on and off the field has once again emboldened sports minister Ajay Maken to revise his proposal for greate government control on sports federations in the country. Maken has been unhappy that a...
War over Aadhaar  Story Dated : Wed,January,25 2012 17:26 hrs IST Manmohan Singh is just not able to have the final word in his own cabinet. The latest instance where cabinet ministers are fighting each other, after a formal decision of the cabinet pertains to the Unique Identity number project, which was a pet...
The Anna Fizzle  Story Dated : Wed,January,11 2012 15:14 hrs IST Anna Hazare and his team are searching for new ways to capture the public imagination for their campaign on corruption in 2012. While the team capturedthe high ground of morality and purposiveness in august whenthere was a strong response, the...
Troubleshooter Blues  Story Dated : Wed,December,21 2011 16:17 hrs IST As the economic slowdown is hurting the rupee and causing concerns, a serious question is being asked in political circles about Pranab Mukherjee. Many senior officials and even ministers feel that the 76 year old minister has got too many burdens,...
Mamata Muscle  Story Dated : Wed,December,07 2011 20:13 hrs IST Mamata Banerjee has proved she will not be a docile passenger in the UPA coalition like other big parties which have been with Manmhan Singh since 2004, when UPA was formed. Interestingly the Congress was much more vulnerable in terms of numbers in...
Army fans Khan fire  Story Dated : Thu,November,24 2011 18:17 hrs IST The thaw in the India-Pakistan relations which led to the grant of most favoured nation by Islamabad has caused cheer as well as surprise in the national security establishment. the prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has asserted that every...
Corporate Bailout  Story Dated : Tue,October,25 2011 18:03 hrs IST When law minister Salman Khurshid said that the prolonged detention of chief executives of telecom companies accused in the 2G spectrum scandal was affecting the investment climate, many eyebrows had gone up. It was seen as a message from the...
Smoking Dragon  Story Dated : Tue,September,20 2011 19:24 hrs IST India has been caught in the crossfire over who controls the South China sea, as five littoral countries lay claim to the waters off their shores. The dominant among the five is China, which insists that it has complete control over the small sea...
The Showstopper  Story Dated : Tue,August,16 2011 18:56 hrs IST Leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj is caught in a controversy after she privately admitted that her party disrupted proceedings on demands from the BJP state units, apart from the national issues she takes up. Sushma is unhappy that...
Ragtag Dharma  Story Dated : Wed,August,03 2011 12:11 hrs IST Political relations within the UPA are a complex maze, with the Congress adopting different tactics to deal with the allies.The congress has one way of dealing with parties whose leaders were never in the Congress, like the DMK in tamil nadu and...
The Turf Warriors  Story Dated : Mon,June,27 2011 11:03 hrs IST When Rahul Gandhi alleged that there were killings and sexual molestations of protesting villagers in Bhatta Parasul, just outside Delhi on May 8, there was a heated political contest between him and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayavati. He charged...
Twist for Tax  Story Dated : Mon,May,30 2011 16:12 hrs IST Aseem Dasgupta had a large presence in the taxation circles of Delhi thanks to his powerful position as the chairman of the empowered committee of state finance ministers for a long time. Dasgupta, the long serving fiance minister in Buddhadeb...
At war with the Pawars  Story Dated : Sat,May,14 2011 16:12 hrs IST Even as Congress celebrates the victory of its ally Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, new tensions have surfaced in its relations with former congressman Sharad Pawar and his Nationalist Congress Party in Maharahstra. While Mamata rebelled against...
Diggy Diatribe  Story Dated : Sat,April,23 2011 11:49 hrs IST Digvijaya Singh relishes political battles, and the Congress general secretary is leading the charge against the nominees of Anna Hazare in the joint committee to draft the Lokpal bill.He has questioned the credentials of two non official members,...
The importance of being an MP  Story Dated : Sat,April,02 2011 16:38 hrs IST S.M. Krishna  is one of the seniormost members of parliament. He came to the Parliament first in 1968, and has been elected four times to the Lok Sabha and twice to Rajya Sabha, apart from long stints in Karnataka legislature.The external...
Rich LADS, poor lads  Story Dated : Tue,March,15 2011 20:38 hrs IST One of the earlier opponents of local area fund for individual members of parliament was Manmohan Singh, when he was finance minister in the P.V.  Narasimha Rao government.He had felt that MPs should be more busy with lawmaking than...
The tight Roti walk   Story Dated : Mon,February,21 2011 15:50 hrs IST Food and Civil Supplies minister K.V. Thomas has a tough job on hand. He has been handed one of the most difficult controversies of the UPA government to resolve.Thomas, who enjoys the confidence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi completely has has...
The Karma of Tax  Story Dated : Mon,February,07 2011 11:29 hrs IST The recovery of Rs. Seven crores from the Dharmasala monastery of the Karmapa, an important leader of Tibetan buddhists has made brains whirr in the finance ministry, especailly in the income tax department. As the details of the recovery of...
Clash of interests  Story Dated : Mon,January,17 2011 16:50 hrs IST Environment minister Jairam Ramesh is a morning man. He starts his day very early and reaches his office by 7.30 am. He is not a night person, avoids parties and late nights. Foodwise too, his main meals are breakfast and lunch, while he prefers...
Burma backfire  Story Dated : Mon,December,27 2010 16:54 hrs IST Wikileaks has done damage to reputations of governments and individual american diplomats around the world. But the Indian government has suffered an embarassment with Myanmar after the frank conversation of Indian diplomat Mita...
Candid court  Story Dated : Tue,December,07 2010 19:52 hrs IST Markandeya Katju is physically the tallest judge in the Supreme Court. He has also become the most outspoken judge of the court by his frank language and candid approach.His remarks about women in "live in" relationships sparked off strong protests...
The Ray legacy Story Dated : Mon,November,08 2010 20:32 hrs IST Siddharth Shankar Ray, the last Congress chief minister of West Bengal, evoked strong memories in the political establishment even though he left active politics some years ago. There was a lot of interest in both central and state level leadership...
Delhi dole   Story Dated : Tue,October,19 2010 11:23 hrs IST Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has stuck to his promise of a thorough inquiry into the corruption scandals of the commonwealth games. Even before the last athlete left the glittering capital city, Singh asked former comptroller and auditor general...
Aliens in the valley Story Dated : Wed,September,29 2010 15:37 hrs IST The Kashmir package announced by the centre has had mixed reactions. While the Hurriyat conference leaders have described as eyewash, the mainstream political parties both in Kashmir and at the national level feel it makes a good beginning.However...
Dilly-dally Story Dated : Thu,August,19 2010 16:05 hrs IST The Rajbhavan in Jaipur witnessed an unusual scene this independence day. More than two thousand prominent citizens received an invitation for a reception by the governor. This is a conventional practice, where the President in Delhi, and the...
Parliament motions - futility and success   Story Dated : Thu,August,12 2010 15:46 hrs IST The repeated confrontation between the UPA government and the opposition parties in the Lok Sabha are being described as goal less draws by some MPs, with neither side gaining any advantage. But these result-less games which go to extra time have...
Tightrope yatra   Story Dated : Fri,July,16 2010 10:44 hrs IST Jagan Mohan Reddy has finally gone on his much postponed and very controversial yatra, despite advice from Congress high command that he should avoid a road show.Sonia Gandhi had been buffeted with contrary advice. Many congressmen from Andhra...
One-man army Story Dated : Wed,June,30 2010 12:06 hrs IST The Karnataka Lok Ayukta Santosh Hegde was reflecting the wide spread frustration among anti corruption authorities when he resigned one year ahead of retirement.The former Supreme Court justice has been one of the most outstanding Lok Ayuktas in...
MPs like it on the house     Story Dated : Tue,June,01 2010 10:30 hrs IST David Laws, A liberal democrat minister in united kingdom has resigned after it was revealed that he had got money from parliament for paying rent to his male partner. Several members of the two houses have been found of giving false vouchers for...
The MEA hot seat Story Dated : Tue,April,20 2010 16:22 hrs IST After Natwar Singh, Shashi Tharoor is the second Congress minister to exit from the council of ministers under a cloud. Natwar was undone for allowing his son Jagat Singh and other relatives to misuse his position as a Sonia Gandhi confidante....
'Aam aadmi' agenda gets 10 Janpath push   Story Dated : Tue,April,06 2010 15:42 hrs IST Sonia Gandhi's return as the chairperson of the National Advisory Council has brought a new buzz in UPA, even though the full Council is yet to be named. The Prime Minister has left the choice of members to Sonia, and there are lot of...
The swine flu slayer Story Dated : Fri,March,19 2010 17:02 hrs IST There is buzz of excitement in the corridors of the health ministry; Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad no more looks a tense man, as the  H1N1 flu is under control across the country. Azad had worried about the rapid spread of the...
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