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  • Opinion: Tharoor Is Right In His Comments On Hindu Pakistan
    Ashutosh
    Yes, the time has to come call a spade a spade. The effort is on to make India a theological state, the Hindu Rashtra. That project was designed in 1925 when the RSS was founded, it can be achieved only by suppressing all kinds of views and ideologies different from theirs, just like what happened in Pakistan and by trampling over the constitution ...
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  • Opinion: AAP's Big Win Today Means It's Out Of Excuses. Time To Deliver
    Ashutosh
    Time to now focus on governance. AAP is in charge now.
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  • Opinion: Why BJP Has Gone So Big In Attack On Emergency And Congress
    Ashutosh
    Elections 2019 will be fought on the issue of whatModi has done since 2014. Since Modi's delivery list is not encouraging enough, therefore the strategy is to paint the Congress and the Opposition black. Doesn't exactly reek of confidence.
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  • Opinion: Nitish Kumar Finally Gets The Upper Hand In Dealing With Modi
    Ashutosh
    Let me ask a simple question: can anyone blackmail Modi, the most powerful Prime Minister in the last three decades? Who is ruthless and full of vengeance? The question is intriguing. But there is no mystery as such. Nitish Kumar is the answer.
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  • Opinion: Thank You, Modi-<i>Ji</i>, For Uniting The Opposition
    Ashutosh
    Narendra Modi has done the unthinkable: he has helped unite opposition parties. Last night, the latest reflection of this unity was seen when four Chief Ministers visited Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence to show their solidarity with his nearly week-long sit/in.
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  • Opinion: Pranab <i>Da</i>'s Master-Class In Outwitting RSS
    Ashutosh
    It is the controversy of this year - or thus far, anyway. The former president of India, Pranab Mukherjee, traveling to Nagpur has greatly embarrassed the Congress party to which he belonged for almost 50 years. Intellectuals of the liberal left section were also in turmoil. But Pranab Da with his speech not only raised his stature but also ...
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  • Opinion: WhatsApp Messages Show Opposition Unity Being Taken Seriously
    Ashutosh
    The opposition has just shown a semblance of unity at the swearing in ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy. It has miles to go before it crystallises into some kind of a formal structure. But Hindutva supporters are already jittery. Their reaction on social media is unprintable. They are bitter, angry and resorting to all kinds of abuses.
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  • Opinion: In Karnataka, Congress Beats Modi-Shah At Their Own Game
    Ashutosh
    The debate now shifts to how Modi can be defeated. He can be outplayed at his own game. An earlier version of this was the BJP defeat in Gujarat when it tried to defeat Ahmed Patel in his re-election to the Rajya Sabha.
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  • Opinion: Deve Gowda Now Has The Congress Exactly Where He Wanted It
    Ashutosh
    By 3 pm, the Congress announced that it would extend support to the JD(S) to form the government. However, at the larger level, the Congress has lost an election which it should have won. And to my mind, the real winner in these elections is H D Deve Gowda.
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  • Opinion: By Deriding Rahul, Modi Proves He Is Rattled By Him
    Ashutosh
    Today, Narendra Modi is suffering from a serious credibility crisis. His misunderstanding or misrepresentation of history and non-performance have put a question mark over his leadership
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  • Opinion: Modi Seems To Sense Karnataka Will Reject Him
    Ashutosh
    Does Mr Modi have a premonition about losing the Karnataka election? If not, why he is keeping his distance?
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  • Opinion: Anna Privately Supported Forming A Political Party
    Ashutosh
    I have not commented on Anna Hazare since he parted with India Against Corruption (IAC) in 2012 over the decision to form a political party. I was present in the Constitution Club when it was to be decided if the movement will turn into a party. It was a divided house.
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  • Opinion: Rahul Gandhi's Speech Shows <i>"Pappu"</i> Is A Thing Of The Past
    Ashutosh
    Re-invention is not easy to translate on the ground. Rahul Gandhi has just one year. In my opinion, the 2019 elections are more a test for Rahul Gandhi than for Modi. It is Rahul who has to prove that he is the worthy grandson of Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Can he? That is the question.
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  • Opinion: BJP's Gorakhpur Defeat Is Poetic Justice
    Ashutosh
    Enthusiasts had then declared that the opposition should start preparing for the 2024 parliamentary elections because 2019 was a done deal for the BJP. Now, the loss will write a new script, not only for UP and Bihar, but also for 2019.
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  • Opinion: BJP Delusional About Madhya Pradesh Result
    Ashutosh
    If BJP wants to rejoice in the margin of its defeat in the Madhya Pradesh by-elections, it can jolly well do that but only at its own peril.
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