By Sandip Ghose (for Info only, not official)

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By Sandip Ghose

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    ...So, it is no surprise that he has floated the idea of the first Non-Sikh Haryanvi Chief Minister of Punjab since Bhim Singh Sachar in 1956. Harayana and HImachal Pradesh were then part of Punjab or PEPSU. Whatever Kejriwal does is never without cold calculation, as his past record tends to indicate. It is a different matter if those calculations are purely self-serving and are not in the interest of either his party or constituents. So questions have been raised by the puritans as to how can a sitting Chief Minister of a State, where the party came to power on a personal mandate for him, even contemplate deserting the people who brought him to power with a lot of hope and expectations? Some would argue that even in Delhi Kejriwal is a “non-playing captain”, whose primary occupation is tweeting criticism about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. That is when he is not on naturopathy retreats or attending anti-BJP rallies in States other than Delhi. ...

    ABP on Jan. 12, 2017, midnight

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    ...It can also be said that compulsions of coalition politics were much less in those days resulting in lower visibility of southern stalwarts in north of Vindhyas. Still, Jayalalithaa captured the attention and imagination of the country at large much more than any of her contemporaries or predecessors, one may argue. And, this was not just for her glamorous past, majestic mystique or simply that she was a woman in the patriarchal world of Dravidian politics, but the sheer aura of her personality. There was of course a carry over of her silver screen image and sympathy for a woman wronged, who rose through sheer grit and determination. But, there are several other factors that distinguished her from other regional leaders in the eyes of people living far away from Tamil Nadu. ...

    ABP on Dec. 10, 2016, midnight

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    ...Here are some additional theorems that are on the menu to buttress one’s case. Modi does not take anyone’s advice: This means “People Like Us” (PLUs) who ruled the roost for the last 30 years have not been able to worm our way into his inner circle; Modi has no knowledge of history: He has not read Romila Thapar and Ramachandra Guha’s books. ...

    ABP on Nov. 26, 2016, midnight