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Petro politics – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine When it comes to oil politics, why is India not as smart as the rest? The answer is — lack of long-term strategy to manage oil economics. As one of the biggest consumers of oil, India needs to learn from one of the largest producers, Saudi Arabia,... More »

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Delhi’s dirty dharna politics – Business Line

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BusinessLine Even by the benighted standards of the Tughlaq-ian Theatre of the Absurd that passes for durbar politics in Delhi, the goings-on in the national capital stretch the limits of credulity — and of the spirit of the Constitution. The Delhi Chief Minis... More »

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Politics of fecklessness – Business Line

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BusinessLine India may certifiably be a land of a million mutinies, as VS Naipaul noted in his travelogue of the same name. However, the discourse in the political and media mainstream today — from Kashmir to Thoothukudi, given the recent flashpoints in those ... More »

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The politics and economics of horse-trading

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BusinessLine I see you have Karnataka on your mind. Absolutely. The market for equine assets has perked up overnight, given the hung nature of the electoral verdict there. Is there a political and economic rationale for this? You bet. More generally, almost al... More »

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Portrait politics – Business Line

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BusinessLine Politics in the country touched a new low after the unseemly row over Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s portrait at Aligarh Muslim University. Activists of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a fringe political group, entered the AMU campus to remove Jinnah’s portrait. Pr... More »

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Indian politics’ dynastic dilemma – Business Line

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BusinessLine Elections have a way of throwing up moral dilemmas. The discourse on corruption ensures that much of the attention is focused on the morality of politicians, but what is of equal interest are the moral dilemmas of the electorate. If it is morally ... More »

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Kamal Haasan and the messiah complex in politics

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BusinessLine November 8, 2017:   Does the Tamil film star claim to be messianic? Not at all. In fact, in a string of high-profile media interviews in the run-up to his formal announcement of his entry into electoral politics, Kamal Haasan has, if anything, poi... More »