Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category


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 ...

Why the BJP is the new Congress

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 No Comments
Ever since the BJP was swept to power at the center, there have been two distinct efforts from the party. The first is to put its marketing department on permanent over-drive in a massive image-building exercise while simultaneously distorting the truth and counter any criticism. To a large extent, this effort has been very successful. Examples of this are visible every day. Just the other day, Mr.Jaitey had the temerity to announce that India is leading the battle against black money. ...

Can God’s own country fix its infrastructure crisis?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 No Comments
I had the first-hand experience of traveling by road through the beautiful land of Kerala from its capital city of Thiruvananthapuram to its financial hub, Kochi, a distance of little over 200km. It was a Saturday, so the schools were closed and so were many offices. We left Thiruvananthapuram at around 7 am to beat what little traffic there might be on a weekend. Yet, the journey took us a whopping six hours! The same distance took me less than ...

Modi rides the buzz for 100 days

Friday, September 5th, 2014 No Comments
If you do your research carefully, it should be easy to find one Modi-ism for each of the one hundred days gone by since he became the Prime Minister. While the election campaign saw marketing buzz with corporate gobbledygook like P4P, 4Ps etc., post-election they have made way for more expanded versions — “I am not Pradhan Mantri, I am Pradhan Sevak,” “Housing for all by 2022, “Sanitation for all by 2019,” “10-year moratorium on communal violence,” “Come, make in ...

Is the PMO India’s new Kremlin?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 No Comments
Shortly after the new government came to power at the center under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there were news reports about all official bureaucratic appointments being made by the Prime Ministers’s Office (PMO). In other words, ministers had little say in determining their staff. Prior to this, there were clear directives to ministers that they should not appoint relatives to their staff. Further, the PM met with the various bureaucrats and suggested to them that they should come to him ...

“Out of the box” thinking in cricket and politics

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 No Comments
M.S. Dhoni is faced with a selection dilemma as he leads his team into the second Test at Lords against England. The five bowler strategy failed at Trent Bridge because the pitch did not assist Stuart Binny’s medium pace while Jadeja failed to produce wickets. Thankfully for India, Binny justified his existence by playing a match-saving knock in the second innings of the first Test. Now the question facing Dhoni and his think tank is whether they should dump the ...

The BJP’s better mousetrap syndrome

Monday, May 5th, 2014 No Comments
When you present your business idea or plan to a venture capitalist, one of the first things they start to look for is an answer to a very basic question – “What is the new big idea here?” They will in all likelihood tell you that your idea is not scalable, it’s easy to do or that it takes too long to build, or that the market is not big enough to be exciting. Investors who have made up their ...

Calling into question Modi’s leadership style

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 No Comments
There is an online blitzkrieg of information glorifying and even deifying Modi. One of those stories that are in circulation is about the boy Narendra swimming across a crocodile infested river only to hoist a flag atop a temple on the other side! Today, the deification of Modi is happening instantaneously right in front of our eyes, thanks to a focused PR campaign fueled by raw money power. It leads us to believe that Modi is the panacea to all ...

Open Source Politics – Making sense of the AAP phenomenon

Monday, April 21st, 2014 No Comments
The open source movement in the technology world has had significant impact on almost every aspect in the field - the Linux operating system and, more recently, the Android operating system being two leading examples. The open source approach involves sharing of the basic design or code in a collaborative environment where anyone can participate and contribute. Subsequent improvements and features help the development community push the technology further and ultimately benefit end-users. This approach attracts anyone and everyone who ...

Is Arvind Kejriwal dangerous for India?

Saturday, April 19th, 2014 No Comments
Who is more dangerous for India – Arvind Kejriwal or Narendra Modi? This is a question that India needs to answer. But a recent article titled ‘Arvind Kejriwal: The most dangerous man in India’ has ventured to supply a one-sided answer to this question. The title is as catchy as it is misleading if not subversive. The ensuing ‘analysis’ is sadly not borne out by facts but relies on obfuscation and rhetoric. The tragic outcome is that many pertinent facts ...