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Sunil Sharan

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Two conflicts, two near-wars

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Sunil Sharan Two out of the three main intractable conflicts in the world have nearly gone to war. The Korea/China vs. Japan dispute is simmering. Out in our parts, Pulwama led to Balakot, which led to Rajouri…. via TOI Blog More »

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A tale of two parties

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Sunil Sharan Power without accountability is a dangerous thing. Rahul Gandhi continues to insist that accountability demands that he quit the role of Congress president. But will Rahul quit power?   Ashok Gehlot’s name is doing the… via TOI Blog More »

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The Mehbooba test

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Sunil Sharan Let anyone waive whichever countries flag. Let there be certain civility about it. Thus commanded Mehbooba Mufti. But to whom was she commanding?  Well, no prizes for guessing. India’s Hindu lot. They who have always been commanded forever so by S... More »

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Priyanka’s purge begins

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Sunil Sharan In a recent public meeting in UP, Priyanka Vadra promised to identify and take to task whose who had not striven whole-heartedly for the Congress’s victory.   She in effect means a purge of the party. But what does a purge mean? This is how Stalin... More »

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Why dump Iran

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Sunil Sharan Today Washington is trying to portray Iran as the pariah nation of the world. Not happy with the belting that it has received at the hands of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, America is itching to take on another nation. A small, regional powe... More »

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Religion as a counterbalance in India

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Sunil Sharan In the Punjab, in the eighties, there was widespread violence against Hindus by Bhindranwale, which led to the attack on the Golden Temple, which led to the assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, which led to the widespread violenc... More »

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Where to, Indian Muslim?

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Sunil Sharan 1. The prime minister has coined a new slogan, Sabka Vishwas (Everybody’s Trust), and counseled his party to reach out to the Muslim community. Perhaps he’s miffed at how the foreign press labeled him divider-in-chief, and now after his romping el... More »

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Why does the Hindu base fall for it every time?

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Sunil Sharan Amit Shah inserted into his party’s manifesto that he’ll abrogate Article 370. Now he’s in pole position to do so. He’s already said that he’ll have zero tolerance for terror.   When Sonia Gandhi ruled India, she took objection to the term zero to... More »

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How green is Lutyens’ Delhi?

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Sunil Sharan Indian Sean Hannitys live in their skyscrapers in Mumbai and berate Lutyens’ Delhi. Sure, they occupy three jacuzzi-filled floors, and a private pool is a stone’s throw away, but must they not feel a tinge of envy, envy laced with green, when they... More »

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Long live the shahenShah

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Sunil Sharan He’s the new boss in town. Not since LK Advani during the Vajpayee era has a person other than the PM wielded as much power in Lutyens’ Delhi as Amit Shah is doing now. He ran the party with an iron fist, leaving the PM alone to concentrate on mat... More »

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A good butcher

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Sunil Sharan William Gladstone, British PM for 12 years, once said that a prime minister has to be a good butcher. Well, then so has Mr Modi proved to be. The first person to face the axe has been his most-capable minister yet a thorn in his flesh, Sushma Swar... More »