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    ...But in the current campaign for the Assembly polls in Gujarat, this “model” appears to be a noteworthy absence, though it was once presumed to be synonymous with “spectacular”, and had apparently brought the people of Gujarat untold happiness. The BJP dare not wheel it out in this election season, fearing undesirable repercussions. Everyone has now understood that no such “model” existed at all, and that Mr Modi had only produced a conjurer’s trick. So widely ridiculed is the idea today that even the Opposition Congress doesn’t think it worthwhile to make pointed references to it. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Nov. 20, 2017, 1:02 a.m.

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    ...This is because it seems to be under undue pressure from the powerful, and it has succumbed instead of standing up and showing itself to be a pillar of Indian democracy. The conduct of the Gujarat poll — and also of the election in Himachal Pradesh, which should have gone to the people simultaneously with Gujarat — will therefore have to be placed under tight watch by the people as the very notion of fair play seems to be at a discount. For the past three decades, starting with T.N. Seshan, the EC has had a formidable record and reputation as an upholder of the rules of the game. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Oct. 23, 2017, 12:37 a.m.

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    ...Throughout, the Congress leader displayed a lack of rancour, a touch of wit, and due regard for decorum. This was enough to set the cat among the pigeons. Heavy artillery was deployed to dismantle Mr Gandhi, although the Congressman is routinely lampooned as inadequate and inept by the BJP-RSS. BJP chief Amit Shah made a quick jab below the belt. A Cabinet minister aimed poison darts. Smriti Irani, a regime favourite, used her Cabinet position to hog television time as she shot missiles dripping with venom at the Congress leader. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Sept. 25, 2017, 1:55 a.m.

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    ...It’s evident that China’s probing thrust in Doklam in June (principally it wasn’t much more than that), more than anything else, was designed to test India’s strategic antenna and its resolve to defend its self-image and status in the region and the world. Beijing would have been surprised by the quickness of the Indian response, which demonstrated a readiness to not walk away from a “military stand-off” if need be, while emphasising a diplomatic resolution, preferably one that is located in a benign political and philosophical perspective and framework which allows next-door neighbours that are leading powers with wide ambitions, to cooperate as a maxim but not flinch from competition. This had been pretty much the story since Rajiv Gandhi and Deng Xiaoping reached a concord in 1988, followed up in 1993 by P.V. Narasimha Rao signing the border peace and tranquility agreement during his visit to China. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Aug. 30, 2017, 6:39 p.m.

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    ...This had been pretty much the story since Rajiv Gandhi and Deng Xiaoping reached a concord in 1988, followed up in 1993 by P.V. Narasimha Rao signing the border peace and tranquility agreement during his visit to China. This situation persisted through the Atal Behari Vajpayee years and the early Manmohan Singh years. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Aug. 29, 2017, 12:46 a.m.

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    ...The question is likely to haunt him all the way to the next Assembly election in the state. That means three long years — a considerable length of time in which to be tormented by doubts and political and psychological uncertainties, and be dogged by the fear of being backstabbed by those he is depending on. In such situations, people are known to fear their own shadow. Such a state of mind is unlikely to yield a coherent administration for Bihar. And in this time of witches and forests moving, as in Macbeth, he will have to continue plying his trade of being a quick-change artiste. But a time comes when the protagonist finds the usual avenues blocked. As they say, when credibility is lost, everything is lost. If the BJP wins the 2019 Lok Sabha election with a vengeance, and is able to repeat its parliamentary performance of 2014 in Bihar, then the countdown would have begun for Mr Kumar. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on July 31, 2017, 12:44 a.m.

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    ...A joint press meet along with President Donald Trump was proposed by the American side and then taken off the menu. Washington had suggested just one question each for the two leaders, not more. Evidently, the PM was keen to duck even that. He had been singed in London by a British reporter’s volley on a Hindutva matter. In Mr Modi’s India there are too many things happening simultaneously on the Hindutva front, and “Sabka saath, sabka vikas” — the anodyne mantra promising development for all without discrimination, as though this isn’t what the Constitution mandates anyway — won’t fob off a determined press in the Western hemisphere. Frankly, it won’t do so in India either. The Indian media has caved in by and large, scared further by bullying searches by the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate or income-tax authorities. But annoyingly for the government, the breed of questioning souls is not extinct in the press. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on July 3, 2017, 2:48 a.m.

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    ...Western journalists are possibly able to find a more fulfilling mix of subjects as their newspapers or media organisations allow them the editorial space. Meena Menon, it appears, has tried, but succeeded only partially in that respect. So it seems that much of what she might have wished her readers to learn from her reporting has gone into this book, making it riveting in parts, the Epilogue in particular, in which the journalist reports the sights, sounds and thoughts — funny, serious, inducing sadness, anger, relief — everything. Ms Menon was seriously constrained as a reporter. She had a one-city visa and couldn’t travel outside Islamabad in that fascinating country. Also, her stay was all too short — nine months flat. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on June 18, 2017, 2:58 a.m.