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  • The Declaration of Countries as Sponsor of Terrorism Bill, 2016

    I introduced my Private Member’s Bill- “The Declaration of Countries as Sponsor of Terrorism Bill, 2016” during the winter session…

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  • Protecting our Children against Sexual Abuse

    Protecting our Children against Sexual abuse by predators is extremely important. Crimes committed against children are largely unreported and swept…

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  • Safer Internet Day

    Safer Internet Day #SID2017 is a day to address emerging online issues like cyberbullying, hacking, catfish (identity theft), and educate users…

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  • Budget should focus on Private Investments

    Budget 2017 is due to be presented. Stalling of private investments is something that would be playing heavily in the…

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  • Stay on Akrama Sakrama

    The Special Leave Petitions filed by Namma Bengaluru Foundation and Myself challenging the Akrama Sakrama laws in Karnataka had come…

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  • Net Neutrality Crucial For Digital India’s Success

    Internet of (every) things will be restricted if VoIP apps are restricted. As Digital India week comes to a close,…

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  • A 5-Point Action Plan To Make Digital India A Reality

    The Digital India programme was launched amidst much fanfare last week, in an event where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and…

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  • Wanted: A CTO For GoI

    Digital India can be the prime mover to making a reality of this government’s promise of minimum government, maximum governance.…

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  • Transform India: Budget 2015 – Just What The Doctor Ordered For The Ailing Economy

    The Narendra Modi government presented its first full budget last week amidst a clamour of anticipation. Fortunately, the Budget 2015…

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  • Pledge To Protect Our Children By Promising To Report Child Abuse

    Child sexual abuse is a brutal form of terrorism that almost every second ‪#‎Indian‬ child is exposed to, but unfortunately,…

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  • Pakistan Terror Boat: Why Are Some Politicians Being Anti-National?

    The day it was known that US President Barack Obama would visit India on Republic Day as guest of honour,…

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  • RBI Governor’s Decisive Move: Good For Our Economy

    While several quarters including the Finance Ministry & consumers have been exerting pressure on the Reserve Bank of India with…

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  • This Children’s Day, Let’s Promise Our Children A ChildSafeBengaluru

    Today, November 14th, Children’s Day, should be a day for us to reassess our responsibilities towards children - a responsibility…

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  • 100 Days of Transform India!

    It has been 100 days since PM Narendra Modi & his Government took over the responsibility of Governing our country.…

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  • POCSO Act Needs More Teeth – To Ensure Zero Tolerance Against Rising Instances Of Horrific Crimes Against Children

    Crimes against children represent the worst forms of cruelty, especially because it violates the basic trust and care that a…

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  • Internet Governance Can Be PM Modi’s Fast Track To Global Leadership!

    Modi’s Internet followers, national statistics & global vacuum of leadership places him in a premiere position to become the world’s…

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  • Ideas For Budget 2014

    I too, like millions who voted this Government in, am deeply enthused about the prospects of a transformation of our…

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  • Technology Will Help PM Modi & BJP’s Governance

    The recent list of top 10 priorities released by the Prime Minister’s Office goes beyond being a list of priorities.…

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  • Modi’s Next Challenge? Picking A Cabinet He – And We – Can Trust

    The last 10 years’ nightmare is over. Elections 2014 is an unprecedented vote for Narendra Modi as Prime Minister. It…

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  • No Excuses Please: 3 Reasons Why India Said ‘No’ To Congress

    There will be the usual analysis, explanations about this huge Congress Electoral defeat including the promises of introspection. But to…

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  • Elections 2014: How Did Election Commission Perform?

    Elections 2014 were an unprecedented mobilization of Indians and an awesome sign of the world’s biggest democracy in action with…

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  • Elections 2014: This Time We Need More Women To Vote And Vote Responsibly

    Nirbhaya’s rape and murder on the 16th of December, 2012 shocked the entire nation with its audacity and brutality. The…

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  • BPL Mobile: End Of An Era

    Yesterday was a bit of a sentimental day! I was reminded of this by Harsha Subramaniam of Bloomberg whilst on…

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  • Budget 2014: Govt Leaves Economy In Serious Crisis. Don’t Envy Future Finance Minister’s job!

    Have had many requests to post my comments on the Budget and so here are my views. 1. I call…

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  • Disconnected From Democracy: Our Armed Forces Should Not Be Denied The Right To Vote

    In the next three months, many of India’s 880 million eligible voters will start lining up at voting booths to…

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  • A New India Dawning

    The Indian democracy — much admired around the world — is in recent times showing again, why it is respected…

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  • Capt Kalia’s Killing Not Indo-Pak Bilateral Issue

    I am disappointed to receive defence minister A K Antony’s letter stating that the government can do little to force…

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  • India Needs A New Economic Vision

    ‘A man can fail many times’, John Burroughs, the American naturalist once wrote, ‘but he isn’t a failure until he…

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  • Electoral Reforms Needed To Meet The Aspirations Of The People

    The essence of any democratic system is the healthy functioning of political parties and, consequently, free and fair elections. While…

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  • Why We Need A New Economic Vision?

    Because without one, we could very well be going back to the crisis era of 1990-91 - Rajeev Chandrasekhar There…

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  • The Kargils That Go Unnoticed

    Kargil Vijay Diwas is upon us. It is a day of remembrance for and tribute to our armed forces and…

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  • Ring Out The Old, Ring In The Alternative

    People still plump for an economic environment that promises them opportunities and encourages enterprise Amidst all the political churn underway…

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  • Bangalore Needs Reforms, Not More Vested Interests Taking Over The City

    I have been receiving representations from various citizens and Resident Welfare Associations ( RWAs) expressing their concerns over the recommendations…

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  • Protect Privacy Of Indians

    The recent expose in the media about the alleged violation of privacy of citizens of many countries, including India, as…

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  • Vote Right, Vote Responsibly

    It is election season in our state and in our city and citizens of our state and city are faced…

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  • Death Of Nirbhaya: Here Is What We Owe The Young Woman

    Nirbhaya is gone and leaves behind a shamed and a mourning nation. In her death Nirbhaya has become the symbol…

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  • Ideas That Will Shape India: Maximum Governance, Minimum Government & Other Governance Ideas For India In 2013

    INDIA is struggling with challenges that afflict a large number of our fellow Indians. The recent cases of corruption, crony…

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  • Don’t Let Down Our Heroes

    In many senses, December 16, Vijay Diwas, commemorates the anniversary of an event that makes Indians believe the best in…

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  • Don’t Kill Freedom Of Speech

    In June 2012, I had written an article in this paper where I had pointed out the clear and present…

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  • Putting Fetters On Internet

    India’s pending proposal on the possible modification of the International Telecommunication Regulations will be held in Dubai in December shows…

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  • The Real Reward For Their Bravery

    As the country gears up for Diwali, I would urge Indians to take a minute and remember that 50 years…

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  • Apex Court Blow To Cronyism

    The 5-judge constitutional bench, in its advisory ruling on the 2G presidential reference, has done exactly what was asked of…

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  • Don’t Undermine The CAG

    There’s an old Chinese saying “when the finger points at the moon, the foolish looks at the finger.” Some from…

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  • Cabinet Decision Vindicates CAG ; Nation And The CAG Deserve An Apology From The Telecom Minister

    I have been warning the Government about the Telecom Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal’s misleading the nation by making statement of…

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  • Don’t Let Kargil Memories Fade

    Every country has its historical moments, moments when it rises to demonstrate its true character and mettle. July 26, 1999,…

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  • Spectrum Reserve Price Won’t Impact Telecom sector

    Any extreme question deserves an extreme answer, and in this case, the answer is a simple ‘no’. Having said that,…

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  • Telecom EGoM Must Heed Recommendations Of TRAI

    The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom has been tasked with a crucial role of evaluating and finalizing several…

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  • An Assault On Freedom

    India’s proposal in UN for government control of internet endangers free speech and privacy If accepted, India’s cleverly-worded proposal for…

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  • Indian Economy Doesn’t Deserve A Freefall

    On the question as to whether ‘socialist’ or ‘capitalist’ policies of the government are hurting enterprises - where it has…

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  • India’s Proposals To UN For Internet Censorship Is A Dangerous Idea

    India’s proposal at the UN in October 2011, seeking the formation of an inter-governmental, 50-member body – Committee on Internet…

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  • Internet Is Free And That’s How It Should Be!

    I first raised the issue of censorship on Internet in Parliament in March 2011 as a Zero Hour Mention, and…

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  • 60th Anniversary Of Indian Parliament: Time For Introspection And Action

    Many of my senior colleagues have spoken about the history of our Parliament through the last six decades, and indeed,…

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  • Not Behind Closed Doors

    The 2G auction recommendation made by the TRAI has generated loud and angry reactions from the telecom industry. Expectedly we…

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  • Armed Forces Personnel Are The Backbone Of India’s Stability And Security. Nation Must Focus On Their Welfare

    From a security point of view, as a nation, we are faced with unprecedented transformations and challenges around us –…

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  • 2G Spectrum Auctions Are A Huge Challenge

    The last week has seen the government, telecom companies, banks, media, and analysts discussing the possibilities of 2G spectrum auctions…

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  • SC Judgement Shows India Ready To Battle Crony Capitalism

    The telecom sector through its entire history, spanning the last decade and a half, has seen many dubious policy and…

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  • Transparency & Better Governance Can End Exploitation & Corruption In Karnataka

    For several decades after Independence, my state Karnataka and my city Bangalore remained unaffected by the decline in Political values…

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  • Annual Review Of Telecom Sector:Dismal Performance Across 26 Parameters; Adversely Affecting Public Interest

    The telecom sector over the last few months and year, has seen many controversies - most of them a result…

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  • Draft New Telecom Policy: Good For Distance, Distant From Good

    Draft telecom policy is more Vision 2020 – strong on long term ideas and the sector’s future, weak on any…

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  • Our Democracy Is About People, Not Parliament

    What started in Jantar Mantar as Anna Hazare leading a protest against the all pervasive corruption in Government has become…

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  • Seven Essentials For A Credible Lokpal Bill

    India is witnessing an unprecedented mobilization of people and minds on the issue of Governance and Corruption, and more specifically,…

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  • Focus For The Next Decade: Governance Reforms And Creating A More Citizen-Centric Model Of Government

    The Prime Minister’s speech from the ramparts of the Red fort was originally meant to serve as a rallying cry…

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  • Government LokPal Bill Will Not Even Make A Little Dent In The Trajectory Of Corruption

    There’s a tragi-comic debate being played out on Television channels – the debate is between National political parties about who…

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  • Transparency Revolution Must Enable Next Gen Leaders, Says Rajeev

    That there is a conflict on in Delhi is clear and obvious. The question that seems to requiring an answer…

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  • Lokpal Will Be A Giant Leap For Democracy

    That the long slumbering Indian is waking up to the reality of what our democracy has become is becoming obvious…

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  • Current Sideshow Of Allegations Must Not Delay Lok Pal Bill

    The political clique in Delhi is getting rattled by the clamour and signs of that are visible with the recently…

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  • Don’t Police Internet And Blogs

    ‘No censorship for blogosphere’ Indian Bloggers are vibrant stakeholders of democracy, they represent young thoughts and their initiatives play an…

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  • History Will Show Jantar Mantar Was The Moment That Triggered Change!

    Anna Hazare’s recent visit to Jantar Mantar has set the cat amongst the pigeons in Delhi and other state Capitals.…

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  • The Growing Distance Between Delhi And The Idea Of India

    Of all the recent scams emanating from Delhi that are slowly but surely destroying the original idea of India -…

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  • Four Point Strategy To Tackle Corruption In Government Caused By Declining Governance

    Corruption is not the problem – but rather, Corruption, Nepotism and Special interests are the symptoms of a deep-rooted malaise…

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  • 2G Spectrum Scam: Sibal, Montek – Full Spin Forward

    Over the last few months, Indians have witnessed the exposing of Telecom 2G scam. Faced with prospect of an indictment…

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  • 7 Point Solutions To Clean Up And Reform The Telecom Sector

    Dear Shri Kapil Sibal, At the outset, please accept my belated but heartiest congratulations on your appointment as the Minister…

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  • Corruption – The Core Of India Is rotten?

    Corruption has always felt like a permanent part of our politics and Government. And the recent exposures have revealed the…

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  • Open Letter To Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman, Tata Sons Ltd

    Dear Mr. Tata, It is with considerable concern and some confusion that I have watched your recent Television Interviews and…

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  • Rs. 1,76,000,00,00,000 Swindle For All Of Us To Ponder

    India has been hit by a tsunami of the scams in the past few months. Even as the nation was…

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  • Special Parliament Session To Debate The Path To A Poverty Free India

    Celebrating Independence Day has always been a matter of great pride and inspirational for me. Having just celebrated 63 years…

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  • Are We Supporting Our Soldiers Enough?

    Of the many things that the civilian society takes for granted - Freedom and peace perhaps feature high on the…

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  • Death Of Independent Regulation In The Financial Sector?

    Recent statements by the Prime Minister have indicated that he has lost faith in the Independent Regulators in India –…

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  • Bhopal : Awakening Of Our Collective Conscience?

    1984 is a year in India’s contemporary history that is marked by many unfortunate incidents. The first assassination of a…

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  • To Sanjana Singh’s Parents – We Are All Sorry And Hang Our Head In Shame

    Come Monsoon in Bangalore and another innocent life lost. Last year the story of Abishek – a young boy being…

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  • Aviation Is Unforgiving Of Even The Smallest Errors!

    I remember the advice my father gave me when I started flying, that aviation is harshly unforgiving of even the…

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  • The Great Telecom Crime

    There has been much debate and discussion on the scams in the Telecom sector over the last many months –…

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  • India’s Own PM Debates in 2014!

    Am in London right now and immersing myself into studying and watching the UK Elections! Watched the PM debates on…

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  • CRPF Jawans Killed In Maoists Attack, RIP Bravehearts…

    In a savage and brutal attack on security forces in Chattisgarh’s Dantewada district, Maoists have killed 75 Central Reserve Police…

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  • National Military Memorial To Be Moved…!?

    The National Military Memorial celebrates and honours our brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the country. The First…

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  • Namma Bengaluru Awards ‘09 – Overwhelming!

    There was an overwhelming response to Namma Bengaluru Awards, held to honour those who make a difference to our city…

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  • Bangalore Fire That Killed 9 – Who Is Responsible?

    I condole the deaths in the Bangalore fire yesterday at Carlton Towers - Old Airport Road. The fire killed 9.…

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  • A Proposal For A Revised Akrama Sakrama

    Our Governor HL Bhardwaj declining to give his nod for the Governments proposed Akrama Sakrama legislation puts the spotlight back…

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  • India – The Economic Superpower!

    India is poised to take over the developed countries to emerge at the top of the heap in the global…

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  • August 15th, 2009: State Of The Nation

    India has always held great promise. At the time of independence in 1947, India had one of the largest foreign…

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  • Governance Diaries 2009: Budget 2009 And Indian Economy

    The anticipated event for this month is the Budget 2009 – there has been an interim budget already earlier in…

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  • Governance 2009 – Lalgarh, Ramgarh, Naxals, Maoists And National Security

    One of the first challenges that Home Minister Chidambaram has had to deal with was the shot across the bows…

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  • The New Parliament, New Government

    Delhi is seeing some interesting goings on, on the back of these Election results. Here are some that I have…

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  • My Speech In Parliament During The Motion Of Thanks On The President’s Address

    08 June, 2009 Hon’ble Deputy Chairman Sir, Thank you for this opportunity to speak on the Presidential Address. I rise…

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  • Governance 2009: A New Deal For India ?

    The mandate of Elections 2009 has given India a stable government, with a Political leadership that is talking of bringing…

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  • Elections 2009: Postscript!

    I’ve received a number of emails and calls asking me about what happens next! While it may seem that the…

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  • Elections 2009: India – An Amazing democracy!

    Leading up to the elections, I had put together a set of predictions – some from political pundits and some…

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  • Elections 2009 – Some Predictions

    In the days leading to the election results, the breed of political pundits seem to suddenly proliferate and multiply and…

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  • Mandate 2009, The End Game – Change Or Shameless Deal Making?

    With just one more round to go, in our protracted 30 day election process the focus is now on the…

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  • Half Time Report – Disappointing First Half?

    With elections for about 265 constituencies done by April 23rd, its a good time to do a half time report…

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  • The Fight For Vote-Banks And A Falling Out Of Friends!

    Coalitions born out of political expediency are becoming the norm today – born out of fig leaf type reasoning like…

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  • Debates – Political Face-Offs, The Civilized Way

    On the 16th April, I saw new evidence of involvement by the educated and intellectual class, in what is beginning…

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  • Indian Democracy – Flawed Or Not? Prime Minister Of India – Nominated Or Elected?

    In recent days a report by the Economist referred to India as a ‘flawed democracy’!. Ranking as 35th in a…

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  • Throwing A Shoe – And Reminding Us About Crimes 25 Years Ago

    One of the most oft used phrases in contemporary Indian politics is secularism – as in “we are a secular…

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  • All Ready To Vote For Change – But For Whom And What?

    These elections are seeing an unprecedented amount of activity on the part of the educated Urban India – Young and…

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  • Political Parties And The Company They Keep!

    Yesterdays revelations by Amar Singh and Sanjay Dutt – one an old player and one a recent entrant into India’s…

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  • An Independent Politician – To Be Or Not To Be?

    Meera Sanyal, Mallika Sarabhai, Capt Gopinath have announced their entry into electoral politics – marking a noisy entry of new…

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  • Elections 2009: Decisive Elections For Many Reasons

    Completing the shift of Political power to the Regional Parties Its National Election time in India again - The Indian…

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  • Push For Governance Reforms And Accountability

    I believe and so do many in civil society and Business, we are at a cross road today as a…

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  • Awakened, Aware, Active, Informed and Determined Citizens Can Create Change

    Someone wise said that out of every tragedy comes some good! It’s difficult to find any silver lining in the…

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