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    ...King without crown Commenting on the recent developments in Bihar, the editorial in Panchjanya says Nitish Kumar has proved that one can remain the king even after one has taken his crown off. Terming his embrace of the BJP as the “victory of people’s desires”, it says that “Sushasan Babu” Nitish has been able to keep people’s hope afloat. Lalu Prasad had never thought anybody could sweep the carpet from under his feet. “Nitish was caught in an uncomfortable trap for the last twenty months,” it says, adding that it was expected he would soon get tired of carrying the load of the corrupt family. There are three takeaways from this development. “The neo-rise of Nitish”, which has given him an important space among non-BJP leaders. He now stands ahead of the likes of Lalu, Mamata Banerjee, Rahul Gandhi, Navin Patnaik and Arvind Kejriwal. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 2, 2017, 12:34 a.m.

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    ...PTI photo (PTI7_27_2017_000002B) WHILE IT IS easier to decry Nitish Kumar’s BJP embrace as yet another instance of rotten politics, the Patna text demands a different reading. Here are eight propositions to decode its narrative. One: Indian Politics is now an individualistic utilitarian act. It has moved beyond the Plato’s advice in The Republic that true politics is ethics in action. It now involves the art of managing multiple partners simultaneously, with the sole aim to maximising pleasure and power. It celebrates and legitimises narcissism. Many have practised this art before Nitish, he will also have his successors, some of whom will perform this art on him too. Two: The Patna episode was not a drama, but a novel. Such political coups, because of their curious turns, are often termed as “dramatic”. ...

    Indian Express on July 31, 2017, 12:36 a.m.

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    ...Source: Dipankar Ghose When Alex Paul Menon, then-Sukma collector, was in the custody of the Maoists in April 2012, a young Maoist approached him with a humble request: Sahab, handpump mechanic ka aavedan kiya hai. Bahar jakar jara dekh lijiyega (Sir, I applied for a handpump mechanic’s job. Please look into it after you are released.) The guerrilla, a Gond tribal tasked with guarding Menon, was, in a vulnerable moment, revealing the fragile nature of his existence to his hostage. His appeal exposed the faultlines of the Maoist insurgency in Chhattisgarh. Soon after the Sukma incident in which 25 CRPF men were killed, a senior TV journalist, while demanding a “mine-proof vehicle for every CRPF patrol”, wondered: “Is that an anti-national question to ask?” Of course not. Except that it could be a tactical blunder. Several of them have been destroyed in landmine blasts in Dandakaranya. Since such vehicles are easily identified by the guerrillas, the forces prefer “neutral”, civilian vehicles, without any police insignia. ...

    Indian Express on April 28, 2017, 12:06 a.m.

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    ...It terms Jadhav’s “arrest and subsequent trial” “fishy and farcical”, which “raises many questions about the intention of Pakistan”. India sought consular access to him 13 times, only to be denied by the Pakistani authorities, who “are still not disclosing the whereabouts of a Bharatiya citizen”. Pointing out that “Pakistan has a long history of flouting laws,” it asks: The real question is why Pakistan is playing this card now and how to deal with it. “The only option to deal with such a troublesome neighbour is to come with a bigger surprise,” it says, noting that the “Modi government is known for aggressive and innovative approach in all spheres of governance, especially in foreign policy”. ...

    Indian Express on April 19, 2017, 1:50 a.m.

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    ...Its champions are mythmakers. Demonetisation is a mythical construction. It does not build an argument, but weaves a myth. Modern literature recorded its peak in 1922. Ulysses and The Waste Land came out of the printing press. Tractatus Logico Philosophicus, a year after its publication in German, saw its English version. The works of James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Ludwig Wittgenstein epitomise the modern novel, poetry and linguistics. That year also saw the birth of the USSR, which was not a liberal democracy, but embodied the grand dream of a modern, secular, progressive state that hypnotised generations. 2022 is far off. But loud signals have emerged from two significant democracies that regard themselves to be the proud custodian of the planet. The election to the most powerful office on the planet and the economic project that enveloped the life of every citizen of the second most populous country were based not on reason, but harnessed popular anxieties and insecurities. To call this politics “post-truth” is half-truth, perhaps no truth at all. ...

    Indian Express on Feb. 15, 2017, 12:44 a.m.

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    ... A formidable synergy between 7, Race Course Road and Nagpur marked the third year of the Narendra Modi government. The RSS entered 2016 under a cloud after the Bihar electoral defeat with some BJP leaders attributing the debacle to Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat’s comments on reservation. This year, the Sangh did not like Modi’s critical remarks on Gau Rakshaks but both sides quickly covered up the chinks in their relationship and rebuilt trust. So much so, that the RSS, despite internal disquiet and dissent over demonetisation, continued to solidly support the PM on the issue. Its UP units recently submitted a scathing report on demonetisation to their bosses, pointing out that the move might create ‘chaos and anarchy’ in the state, besides a possible electoral loss. But the RSS top brass did not take a public stand against the government. ...

    Indian Express on Dec. 30, 2016, 12:32 p.m.

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    ... The recent targeting of activists in Chhattisgarh might be news to many but it is a recurring phenomenon in the state. Unable to face questions on its indifference towards tribals, the Establishment has always dubbed activists, who painstakingly highlight the plight of tribals in Bastar, as ‘Maoist-supporters’. For instance, several years ago, the Raipur-based journalist Prafulla Jha was jailed and termed a ‘hardcore Naxal’ when there was not a shred of evidence available against him. While the immediate blame rests with the BJP government, the people of Chhattisgarh have their fair share of complicity. The state has been facing the Maoist problem ever since its inception in 2000 yet no genuine civil society movement has emerged there. It’s easier for the police to burn the effigies of ‘outsider’ activists when ‘in-house’ activists or media voices are absent. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 8, 2016, 2:35 p.m.

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    ... This year’s annual Vijayadashmi address of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is significant for his ratification of the Union government. On the surface, it was about the ‘surgical strikes’ and the pride this government’s firmness has brought to India, but the Sangh’s overall support to the government was the larger and inescapable theme. In fact, when he underlined “the courage our Army has shown under the leadership of the administration,” the implicit message was clear: it’s the “Yashasvi” Narendra Modi government that has made it possible. Perhaps the most significant aspect was that he upped the ante on PoK. He reminded the political leaders that Parliament had already passed resolutions on Kashmir being “an integral part of India”, and almost urged them for some decisive steps to ensure that the resolutions are “translated into action”. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 12, 2016, midnight