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    ...Munna Bhai is a black cat and Najeeb Jung is the owner of this black cat. Jung himself told me he is called "Munna Bhai". I am still not sure if that is his real name but then I have no reason not to believe him.It was my first meeting with him. I don't remember why I had gone there. What I remember is Jung's demeanour and distant dignity with which he received me. Before I could make myself comfortable, he began talking about my recently published book on the 2014 parliamentary elections. He told me he had got a call from his friend in the USA and told him that this book was making waves and he should read it. I was pleasantly surprised. I must confess he immediately established a connection with me.I got talking. We talked about his cat and the coffee I was served apart from things political. At times he was patronizing, at other times, combative. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 28, 2016, midnight

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    ...She always fought like a tigress when pushed to the wall, surrounded by hostile enemies.Rahul Gandhi seems to be made of a different mettle. He shows neither glimpses of the famous Nehru-Gandhi elan nor the fighting capabilities of his grandmother. Rahul at best is a caricature of the past. He still lives in his own make-believe world and is unwilling to venture out of his comfort zone as the Crown Prince of his party. It's been two and a half years since Narendra Modi demolished Rahul Gandhi; his party vowed that after the defeat, he would re-emerge stronger, but there are no signs of Rahul Gandhi offering any competition to Modi.In the last few days, he has once again shown that his claims are shrill and hollow. The seriousness in him seems to have gone for a walk. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 15, 2016, midnight

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    ...Demonetisation has created a new fault line between the treasury benches and the opposition. There has never been any empathetic moment between the two, but Modi 's gamble has sharpened the divide. The opposition has seized the moment and Modi is also prepared for assault. It is difficult to predict who will win, but one thing is sure: this battle will define the future and help reshape Indian democracy. In the last 30 months, Modi has had the upper hand and the opposition was defensive. It is the first time that the opposition has smelt blood and the new-found aggression is showing. Inside and outside parliament, Modi has to defend himself.The national election of 2014 threw up a very weak and fractured opposition. The Congress was smashed. Regional players were busy in their own states. A few decided to not to oppose Modi in any way. He is the most powerful Prime Minster since Rajiv Gandhi. He is the only non-Congress Prime Minster who has a majority on his own. And he rode the famous Modi wave like a giant. Since he took charge of the nation, a new narrative has emerged. ...

    NDTV on Nov. 24, 2016, midnight

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    ...Demonetisation has created a new fault line between the treasury benches and the opposition. There has never been any empathetic moment between the two, but Modi 's gamble has sharpened the divide. The opposition has seized the moment and Modi is also prepared for assault. It is difficult to predict who will win, but one thing is sure: this battle will define the future and help reshape Indian democracy. In the last 30 months, Modi has had the upper hand and the opposition was defensive. It is the first time that the opposition has smelt blood and the new-found aggression is showing. Inside and outside parliament, Modi has to defend himself.The national election of 2014 threw up a very weak and fractured opposition. The Congress was smashed. Regional players were busy in their own states. A few decided to not to oppose Modi in any way. He is the most powerful Prime Minster since Rajiv Gandhi. He is the only non-Congress Prime Minster who has a majority on his own. And he rode the famous Modi wave like a giant. Since he took charge of the nation, a new narrative has emerged. ...

    NDTV on Nov. 24, 2016, midnight

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    ...It needs substance. Sometimes, politicians forget the fundamentals and want to carve a picture out of nothingness. This is what is exactly happening in Punjab, where elections are round the corner. The Akali-BJP combine is trying to dupe voters with lies and deceit to beat the public surge in favour of AAP, which is set to form the government in Punjab with a massive majority, if opinion polls are to be believed. According to this poll, held in March, it is estimated that AAP might garner more than 90 seats out of 117.Punjab politics has ritually alternated between the Akali-BJP combine and the Congress. The Akali-BJP combine has been in government for the last ten years with two consecutive terms. The Congress, which narrowly missed the bus in 2012, has been hoping to come back to power comfortably in 2017, but new entrant AAP has upset its dream. Now it has donned upon them that after Delhi, Punjab could be another state where AAP will be the choice of a new awakening and emerge as a formidable force. The Congress is engaged in a battle for not just victory, but its very existence. ...

    NDTV on Nov. 17, 2016, midnight

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    ...What is surprising is the reaction of the government, the Delhi police, BJP ministers and senior BJP leaders. An army man is dead due to the indifferent attitude of the government, but he is being ridiculed and maligned by the BJP-RSS. A minster who was the Army Chief not too long ago suggested he could be mentally unstable and wanted his mental condition to be stated. ...

    NDTV on Nov. 3, 2016, midnight

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    ...According to the "nationalists", Karan Johar has committed the cardinal sin of casting a Pakistani actor in his film and now they are demanding that his film should not be screened in cinema halls. Some cinema hall owners have announced that they would not be screening Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.I wonder if in the present atmosphere watching this movie will be considered anti-national.The Karan Johar issue has many dimensions and each deserves to be treated differently. ...

    NDTV on Oct. 20, 2016, midnight