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Shekhar Gupta: Judiciary on trial

The four judges have shattered the judiciary's code of silence. It is up to CJI Misra to end this crisis.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardJan 12th, 2018

Shekhar Gupta: Because freedom can"t be salami-sliced

The media can disagree, fight and judge itself. But it can survive and thrive only by closing ranks when its freedoms are under attack.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardApr 13th, 2018

Shekhar Gupta: Cracks in the Hindu consensus

BJP overpowered caste divisions to sweep 2014. But the Dalits are angry and the divides are back in play, spelling trouble for the party in 2019.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardApr 6th, 2018

Shekhar Gupta: The rich and the fearful

The euphoria of corporate India over Narendra Modi's rise has ended. It's been replaced by suspicion and fear as he has let businessmen know they can't see him as their own, like in Gujarat.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardMar 30th, 2018

Shekhar Gupta: The art of politics through headline management

If big politics is now mostly about headline management, BJP has emerged its unassailable practitioner.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardMar 2nd, 2018

Shekhar Gupta: That 272-or-bust feeling

Modi is a constant campaigner. His focus on the Congress may have looked over the top but there is a purpose to his excess.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardFeb 9th, 2018

Shekhar Gupta: India"s middle of nowhere class

Governments treat the middle class rudely and squeeze taxes out of it because it is the usual suspect - without lobbies or electoral power.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardFeb 2nd, 2018

Shekhar Gupta: When Modi goes to the mountain

Nice speech, but this world wants to see hard power, not counsel. India's 'rise' at Davos remains, as usual, talk among Indians who fill halls at India sessions while the world still gives it a miss.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardJan 26th, 2018

Shekhar Gupta: The Kalam-Collegium Papers

As we watch The Post and re-learn The Pentagon Papers' history, the story of how two argumentative rivals 'conspired' to ensure an important story wasn't killed.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardJan 19th, 2018

Judiciary on trial

The four judges have shattered the judiciary's code of silence. It is up to CJI Misra to end this crisis.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardJan 12th, 2018

Shekhar Gupta: Disquiet on dalit front

Kanshi Ram was a Dalit Kautilya from Punjab who built heartland's Mayawati as his Chandragupta. It's a good playbook for Jignesh Mevani, if he has the skill and ambition.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardJan 5th, 2018

Shekhar Gupta: Read my tears, read my lips

Nationalism, Hindutva, and war on corruption, not growth, will define Modi's politics until 2019.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardDec 29th, 2017

Shekhar Gupta: Corruption and the caste differential

The track record of corruption cases involving big names indicates the system may be loaded against lower castes.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardDec 22nd, 2017

Shekhar Gupta: Modi wanted Cong-mukt Bharat, gets Cong-yukt Gujarat

This is a first since 2014, when any contest with the Congress has been a walkover for the BJP.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardDec 18th, 2017

Shekhar Gupta: Young, restless, jobless & left out

If exit polls are right, which they should be as Yogendra Yadav says so, Mr Modi will win. The 27 per cent headstart of 2014 is handy but there is fraying of the wall.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardDec 15th, 2017

Mallya extradition trial: Lawyer questions impartiality of Indian judiciary

The 61-year-old was back in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London for day four of the hearing.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardDec 11th, 2017

Shekhar Gupta: Butterflies in the stomach

BJP's Gujarat campaign is a nervous paradox of a double-incumbent fighting like an underdog, making Gandhi Dynasty and not its own performance the issue.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardDec 8th, 2017

Shekhar Gupta: Hanging by a sacred thread

Rahul Gandhi is playing to the BJP's Hindutva strengths. It's a blunder his dad too committed, and the party's never recovered.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardDec 1st, 2017

Shekhar Gupta: Risk it like Rajiv

That's what Narendra Modi has to do and launch defence modernisation like Rajiv Gandhi in 1985-89, but with lessons learnt. There are political risks, but isn't that holding public office is all about.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardNov 24th, 2017

Shekhar Gupta: Indira Gandhi at 100: Why she still rules India

She believed in statist, povertarian economics and crush-the-opposition-to-dust 'Total Politics'. If both ideas thrive under Mr Modi now, she still rules our minds.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardNov 17th, 2017

Shekhar Gupta: Politics, with a dollop of Even-Oddium Sulphate

We haven't lost it. No virus garbled this headline. Suck Delhi's killer air, recall Vidya Balan's immortal but unprintable human chemistry lesson from Ishqiya, and you will get it.....»»

Category: topSource: business-standardNov 10th, 2017