I know analysts will be ruthless in their assessment about AAP. Criticism is most welcome. But I want to say with all the humbleness at my command that AAP is here to stay in Indian politics. Those who think that AAP's future is bleak are going to be proven wrong again.
In UP and Punjab, at stake is the reputation of two leaders, Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal, one the reigning champion and the other the challenger. Separately, Rahul Gandhi has to prove that he is still politically relevant in the changed scenario.
"In a war, it is not possible to vacillate or to be weak or to play the role of Hamlet. One has to be really ruthless if the need arises. I am ruthless for what I think. The difficulty is I move. These people remain static...Circumstances, experiences challenge me and change me. I am no longer the same person."
AAP has the credibility, and now it can showcase its own model of inclusive development in Delhi before the people of Gujarat, Rajasthan and the rest of India. In Arvind Kejriwal, it has a leader which has the credibility, courage and the conviction to fight for the rights of the common man.
Sidhu's move to the Congress is to Punjab what the Kiran Bedi moment was to Delhi. In 2015, when her name was announced as the BJP's choice for Chief Minister, political pundits considered it a master stroke.
Kiran Bedi should realise that her present action will tarnish her past glory and reputation. She does not need a position to enhance her iconic status in the eyes of the people. History will not remember her as the LG of Puducherry but as someone who fought with the establishment without any fear and favour.
Prime Minister Modi's speech was just the sound of despair. The whole country was waiting for some relief from demonetisation: what was heard was an election speech. Instead of being apologetic for putting the people of India through insufferable pain and anguish, he sermonised on the non-existent virtues of demonetisation. He was pedantic without ...
Every time politicians think they can take people for granted, they are proven wrong. People are far smarter. Mr Jung, my good wishes will always chase you, but with a humble suggestion that dictators always underestimate the patience and the sixth sense of the common man, so never take them for a ride. It will come back to haunt you.
Rahul Gandhi's grandmother, Indira Gandhi, was originally called Goongi Gudiya by her contemporaries, including a few of her own senior party members. But she soon displayed political instinct which dazzled the likes of Richard Nixon. She always fought like a tigress when pushed to the wall, surrounded by hostile enemies.
Battle-lines have been drawn. The future is clear. Demonetisation has created a new fault line between the treasury benches and the opposition. There has never been any empathetic moment between the two, but Modi 's gamble has sharpened the divide.