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  • Opinion: How Far Government Has Gone To Dodge Nirav Modi Discussion
    Derek O'Brien
    A fortnight of parliament has been washed out and the government seems unmoved. The sale of coffee, tea and buttered toast in the canteen and in Central Hall has been brisk, but MPs have had to twiddle their thumbs every day, as both Houses have been adjourned. The "North Korean channels" may be blaming the opposition, but it is actually a clever g...
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  • Opinion: Why Chief Ministers And Leaders Are Dialling Mamata Banerjee
    Derek O'Brien
    A lot of political observers are asking why Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of Bengal and leader of the Trinamool Congress, seems to be in the thick of opposition politics in the run-up to the 2019 election.
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  • Opinion: In 2019, Modi Won't Deliver Red Fort Address
    Derek O'Brien
    When looking at the BJP's election victory in Tripura, one needs to be mindful of the fine print. In football terms, this is a big victory by a struggling team in a football league - against a team going through even worse form and facing relegation to a lower division. This is not quite a World Cup victory.
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  • Opinion: Nirav Modi Escapes Debts. Farmers, Meanwhile...
    Derek O'Brien
    The Nirav Modi swindle brought that into sharper effect. The 11,000 crores he has stolen from Indian banks - before being allowed to escape abroad - could have repaid the debts of literally millions of farmers. And to think small farmers commit suicide because of a loan of a few thousands rupees!
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  • Opinion: Nirav Modi Escaped. Others Could - At Your Expense
    Derek O'Brien
    The Rs 20,000-crore plus Nirav Modi scam has led to the collapse of Punjab National Bank's share value and also posed a big question mark on the accountability and regulatory systems that govern our government-owned banks. Common investors and depositors have suffered while Mr Modi is celebrating in his luxury hotel suite in New York.
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  • Opinion: Modi<i>ji</i>, Bullet Train Corridor Over <i>Aloo-Sabzi</i> Corridor? Why?
    Derek O'Brien
    The nub of my questions is this - don't do to Indian Railways what the government of India has done to Air India. Don't cripple this national asset.
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  • Opinion: <i>Feku</i> Federalism Exposed. Check Out These 6 Questions
    Derek O'Brien
    There's no politics here, no rhetoric. Just 6 hard questions.
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  • Opinion: Questioning The Budget Does Not Make Me Anti-National
    Derek O'Brien
    The Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana has seen a 27.56 per cent increase when compared to the Revised Estimates of Budget 2017-18 however serious flaws and drawbacks of the Yojana have been ignored.
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  • Opinion: Modi's Regime Of Superheroes Is A Myth. Take A Look
    Derek O'Brien
    Every day, the government - the BJP and its family are Olympic gold medallists in propaganda techniques and technology - pummels us with more numbers, more statistics, more surveys and more data to prove it's a Regime of Superheroes.
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  • Opinion: PM Knelt When Entering Parliament. That Respect Gone
    Derek O'Brien
    What has happened subsequently is a reversal of those claimed sentiments. Things have now reached a stage where the Prime Minister is refusing to visit his "temple" by not even calling the winter session.
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  • Opinion: No Fear Among People? BJP Chief Living In La-La Land
    Derek O'Brien
    In parliament, I spoke on how this government is unleashing different sorts of attacks on innocent people across the country.
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  • Opinion: BJP Has Given Bengal "<i>Supari</i>" To These 8 Stalwarts
    Derek O'Brien
    In Bengal, the BJP is a strange party. It lacks leaders, grassroots politicians and even effective spokespersons. It has outsourced its wicked and ghoulish pursuit of power to guns for hire.
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  • Opinion: Rumour Spreading Society (RSS) And BJP Playing With Fire
    Derek O'Brien
    The recent incident in North 24 Parganas district of Bengal is a case study on how a religious controversy is manufactured and promoted by the Rumour Spreading Society (RSS). Its affiliates join in for the political benefit of the BJP. The BJP has been trying to make inroads in Bengal. In 2014, it invested heavily in an expensive campaign in the st...
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  • Opinion: Surviving TV Channels Who Are Government Mouthpieces
    Derek O'Brien
    These are strange times for the media and for political messaging. Some television channels have become mouthpieces for the government. Alternative voices are drowned out and shouted down by the anchor himself or herself, not necessarily by official BJP spokespersons.
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  • Opinion: Contrasting Styles Of Modi And Mamata Banerjee
    Derek O'Brien
    I concede though that Mamata Banerjee doesn't have the BJP's flair for publicity and for taking other people's programmes and repackaging and renaming them. But as David Ogilvy famously put it, "Great marketing only makes a bad product fail faster." One day (soon), the BJP will find out.
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