Archive for the ‘India’ Category


The second coming of Arvind Kejriwal

Friday, February 6th, 2015 No Comments
It was Dec of 2013 when a relatively unknown politician by name Arvind Kejriwal, emerged with a bang on India’s political firmament when he defeated long-time Congress veteran Sheila Dixit at the polls and went on to become the Chief Minister of Delhi. His 49 days in power as CM saw the corrupt scurrying for cover. Rishwat Khori was a thing of the past as all bribe takers were terrified of being recorded in the act. Donations for schools came to ...

Will Delhi be the BJP’s Waterloo?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 No Comments
“Modi has become the PM because of the unity of Hindus. To maintain their majority, every Hindu family should produce 10 kids.” “No skirts as uniform for school girls any more; no jeans and mobile phones for girls; and item girls in films should be branded as prostitutes.” “Disabled people are God’s mistake.” And a message to the Khans of Bollywood: “Convert if you love your wives” – This is just a sampling of  pronouncements from the BJP and its ...

Barack Obama – The morning after

Friday, January 30th, 2015 No Comments
With India aspiring for growth and looking to build smart cities, roads, bridges, infrastructure, power plants, etc., the country presents a great opportunity for American businesses. Obama’s visit was essentially a giant sales pitch to firm up business opportunities for American companies. Likewise, there is plenty of opportunity for Indian businesses in the US market as reaffirmed by the “who’s who” of Indian industry queuing up for darshan of the US President. Strategically, from an American perspective, a vibrant and growing India ...

Kiran Bedi Saga: BJP’s Impending Delhi Dilemma

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 No Comments
Kiran Bedi has pulled off the impossible. The supposed supercop has parachuted her way into the Delhi BJP leadership slot after waiting on the sidelines and intermittently showering praises at the party leadership from time to time for years. With the elections round the corner the time for courtship is over and its time to jump into the dirty world of politics whose sworn enemy she once was. Her Krane landing has been so immaculate that the BJP top brass ...

Existential crisis grips many: Signs that you are next in line to join the BJP

Monday, January 19th, 2015 No Comments
It appears that the BJP has discretely issued a memo to many that it will soon be shutting its doors and the time to board the bus is running out. There seems to be no other explanation for the flurry of people joining the BJP and others queueing up outside its doors. If you are one of those in politics or dabbling at its fringes and don’t know where you are headed, here are a few signs that will help ...

The BJP’s high-stakes Delhi gamble

Monday, January 12th, 2015 No Comments
The BJP launched PM Modi the other day into the Delhi campaign in order to resurrect its fast sinking hopes in the upcoming Delhi elections. The PM reverted back to the familiar themes that the BJP think-tank had effectively conjured up for the Lok Sabha elections to counter AAP – bhagoda, Naxalites, governance, dharna, etc. This is an unusual step for the PM who has thusfar tried to remain above the fray, so to speak. Even when the loony fringe of ...

Dhoni’s sudden retirement: The rise and fall of ‘chelagiri’

Monday, January 5th, 2015 No Comments
MS Dhoni shocked the cricketing world by retiring from Test cricket mid-way through the India-Australia series, with India two down in the series. As you can imagine, the media and everyone who knows anything about Indian cricket (which is close to 1 billion people) are left speculating on possible causes. The theory that has gained traction in the minds of many is that Dhoni quit because of the growing Shastri-Kohli nexus which was starting to run the show very differently from ...

All this fuss over PK

Friday, December 26th, 2014 No Comments
The film PK has been in the news lately for many different reasons. So I saw the film. I found it to be a relatively poor variation of the Paresh Rawal film, Oh My God (OMG). If you’re up for a movie that questions religion, its beliefs and practices (particularly Hinduism), then go see OMG. It is a better film. The lead character in OMG, played by Paresh Rawal, is a regular guy that most people can relate to and identify ...

How AAP is taking on BJP with innovative ideas

Thursday, December 25th, 2014 No Comments
The Aam Aadmi party has an uphill battle on its hands. It is fighting the BJP and the fast disappearing Congress in the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi. The BJP has everything going for it in terms of resources. Bottomless deep pockets, a PM who is still basking in the aftermath of the marketing blitzkrieg of “ache din” from the 2014 elections, a media that is too terrified to ask tough questions and prefers to play along and support the ...

Why Thalaivar Rajinikanth must join the Aam Aadmi Party

Friday, December 12th, 2014 No Comments
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has kept everyone guessing about his entry into politics for decades. He has been adding to the intrigue through frequent pithy dialogues on the issue in his films. Naan eppo varuven, yepdi varuvennu yarukkum theriyathu. Aana vara vendiya nerathula (No one can tell when or how I’ll arrive — but I always do, when the time is right.) His god-like status in the south has made him a constant target of vested interests who court the superstar from ...