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    ...If Congress is like a private limited company solely dependent on the Gandhis as vote catchers, BJP is like a public limited company which, despite its decentralised hegemony, is also dependent on one man to win state or national elections. If Congress is a one-family show, BJP is a one-man show. This is also the political season for the re-launch of a re-branded Rahul who has remained at the cusp of elevation since a decade to become Congress president. However, after opinion polls project a satisfactory BJP win in both Gujarat and HP, Congress in its predictable style is expected to shield Rahul by deferring his blockbuster release. But are fears of doom and gloom exaggerated as we ‘sit out’ the global economic recovery? ...

    TOI on Nov. 1, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...With opposition unable to capitalise on the cracks in incumbency thus far, the judiciary filled in that vacuum in the Ram Rahim aftermath by chiding the Haryana CM for being lax only “to allure the vote bank”. Modi’s ‘New India’ cannot be built on a political model of overlapping religion and state, as under the Constitution the two are separate entities, vide the Hindutva judgment of 1996 (1) SCC 130. Faustian pacts have their own perils as political parties outsource enlarging voter base to cult leaders who play kingmaker to netas on one side, and offer salvation to humanity in search of redemption on the other. ...

    TOI on Aug. 31, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...It is worth noting here that depending on how severely demonetisation damages the economy, or alternatively its success augurs prosperity, future polarisation would hinge on this issue and electoral arithmetic would give less weightage to caste and parochial considerations and more to economic delivery, as in more mature democracies. Whether a singular contender emerges or a coalition head fills that niche, the anti-Modi space is wide open now and crucial UP and Punjab elections should portend that antagonist. Despite the sombre mood of the nation Modi towers, dwarfing his likely challengers by capturing the moral high ground. ...

    TOI on Jan. 3, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...It is worth noting here that depending on how severely demonetisation damages the economy, or alternatively its success augurs prosperity, future polarisation would hinge on this issue and electoral arithmetic would give less weightage to caste and parochial considerations and more to economic delivery, as in more mature democracies. Whether a singular contender emerges or a coalition head fills that niche, the anti-Modi space is wide open now and crucial UP and Punjab elections should portend that antagonist. Despite the sombre mood of the nation Modi towers, dwarfing his likely challengers by capturing the moral high ground. ...

    TOI on Jan. 3, 2017, 2 a.m.