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Sunil Sharan

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Old is gold for the Congress

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Sunil Sharan At 74, P Chidambaram was fading quietly into the limelight. He had had a checkered career, first as finance minister, then as home minister, whence he had often clashed with the grand old doyen of Indian politics, Pranab Mukherjee (the arrogance o... More »

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Time for some changes 

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Sunil Sharan It is about six months after Narendra Modi stomped back to power, but already his promise of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas (Bring everyone together, Development for all, Build everyone’s trust) seems to be waning. It is said that no one ... More »

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The new gang of four

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Sunil Sharan Marie Antoinette was the queen of France. History has painted her badly. In one of those bad brushes, she has been reported to have said, If they don’t have bread, let them eat cake. In her Marie Antoinette moment, Finance Minister Nirmala Sithara... More »

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Threat assessment and the Special Protection Group

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Sunil Sharan He sits there, in a caged van, with a haunted look in his eyes, as he’s shunted from the clutches of the CBI to those of the Enforcement Directorate to Tihar Jail. He is old and frail. When panic like never before had gripped the nation after 26/1... More »

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The extended general

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Sunil Sharan It is being posited that the army chief in Pakistan has a three-year term with the possibility of an extension being unclear. An extension tremendously lowers the morale of other army officers because then they feel that they never have the chance... More »

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All the best laid plans of men and mice

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Sunil Sharan Devendra Fadnavis’s wife, Amruta, not content with being Maharashtra’s first lady for a full five years, has promised to return with the change of season. It’s autumn season when Indians get respite from the heat… via TOI Blog More »

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Jai Jawan Jai Kisan

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Sunil Sharan At the height of the Maharashtra power crisis, Ahmed Patel, the voice of Sonia Gandhi, met Nitin Gadkari, the voice of the RSS, ostensibly to discuss farmer’s issues in the state of Maharashtra. Now this… via TOI Blog More »

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Maharasthra’s power politics

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Sunil Sharan So with President’s Rule imposed in Maharashtra, Amit Shah has another kitty in his bag. The naked display of power in Maharashtra is spectacular. First things first, in the West, resorts are made so that the common man may enjoy them. In India, t... More »

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Maharashtra’s power politics

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Sunil Sharan So with President’s Rule imposed in Maharashtra, Amit Shah has another kitty in his bag. The naked display of power in Maharashtra is spectacular. First things first, in the West, resorts are made so that the common man may enjoy them. In India, t... More »

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Sonia, do the pragmatic thing

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Sunil Sharan So it’s been more than 10 days since the assembly election results in Maharashtra were declared, and there is no winner in sight. Maharashtra, because it includes the country’s financial capital, Mumbai, is the most… via TOI Blog More »

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A place for NRIs

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Sunil Sharan Today the PM is like a virtual czar of the country. He can carve states into union territories, anoint as their heads who he wants to, all without the slightest peep of criticism from within the Sangh Parivar or without. Abroad he roams like a tit... More »

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Gandhi 1.0 versus Gandhi 2.0

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Sunil Sharan There was a man, Gandhi, who in my opinion is the greatest man who ever lived. Why I call him the greatest is because of his singular efforts, over 3 billion people are free today, having thrown off the yoke of colonialism. Has anyone else done th... More »