How Rahul Gandhi Can Still Become Prime Minister

It is fairly evident that Rahul Gandhi wants to become Prime Minister of India. Though for all practical purposes, he is not going to become one in his lifetime. This is also fairly evident. Against all odds, is there actually a way in which the unthinkable can happen? Yes, it is possible. Rahul Gandhi to […]

Why Narendra Modi Keeps Winning Elections in India

Narendra Modi is undefeated in electoral politics in India. In Gujarat, it was never the question of whether he will win. The question was how many seats Congress will be reduced to? In the national elections, the situation is not so dire for the opposition parties. However, the overall result remains the same – Narendra […]

Election Campaign Rally in India: 5 Observations

I attended a Narendra Modi election campaign rally in Hyderabad on 1st April 2019. I came out of the rally enlightened not so much about the governance but about what drives our country and what does not. Here are the 5 observations from the rally. Please note that these are not about Narendra Modi per […]

Why Rahul Gandhi Continues Rafale Allegations: Mera Baap Chor Hai

Ever since Rahul Gandhi has got the whiff of Rafale deal, he has been going nonstop. He has alleged involvement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale deal corruption. Indian Media which thrives on allegations has given enough and more coverage to these accusations. Rahul Gandhi has come up with a slogan “Chowkidaar Chor […]

Why the lobbying bill is not relevant for India

The Disclosure of Lobbying Activities Bill 2015 (DLA) was introduced before the Parliament to regulate the practice of lobbying in India and to increase transparency in governance. Lobbying refers to a broad range of activities that attempt to influence policymaking. It is used to influence the way a legislator votes on a matter before the […]

Losing State elections 2018 can be a master stroke for Narendra Modi in winning India 2019

BJP has lost elections 2018 in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The national media is hyper-active theorizing that Narendra Modi wave has ended, Modi magic does not work anymore, Amit Shah has lost his touch, Amit Shah does not know the electoral pulse anymore and so on. Congress has won elections 2018 in Rajasthan, Madhya […]

Lodha Committee Report and Indian Politics

There were allegations of betting and match-fixing in the IPL and allegations of corruption in some State associations. None of the office-bearers of BCCI or Government of India was interested in any enquiry in these allegations. Supreme Court of India stepped in and set up Lodha Committee to improve the governance of BCCI and to […]

Simultaneous Elections in India: A Needless Debate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started advocating simultaneous elections in India. Needless to say, his party, BJP, is toeing the line. Their line of argument is that the country is perpetually in election mode, resulting in a lack of adequate focus on governance. The second point is that successive elections lead to extra expenditure. Other […]

Elections – How Rahul Gandhi lost India 2019

In an alliance, what do you expect a party with 2/3rd of the seats to do? Lead. Wrong. In Karnataka 2018, Congress got 78 seats and JD(S) got 37 seats. Yet, there shall not be any Congress CM, but only Deputy CM. Why? Because, more than winning himself, Rahul Gandhi wants to defeat Narendra Modi. […]

Elections – Lose Karnataka 2018, Win India 2019

The mandate of Karnataka 2018 is out. For the BJP, it is the case of so near, so far; with 8-9 seats missing to the majority. For the Congress, it is a moral victory that they have managed to keep BJP away from the majority of its own, though it is a different matter that […]