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  • Blog: Does Biden Really Need A Black Running Mate?
    IP Bajpai
    Normally, the choice of a vice presidential candidate doesn't really add much to the winning team, and most losing ones are forgotten. But it could have negative consequences like in the case of Sarah Palin in 2008. So could choosing a black candidate in an already polarised America. It could be the stick that breaks Biden's back. We will know next...
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  • Blog: Scoring 100% In English - As If!
    IP Bajpai
    Since 100% has been achieved, I am waiting for next year when someone scores 101. Then we will really have lost it.
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  • Blog: On Flights Amid Virus, Government's Logic Won't Fly
    IP Bajpai
    India is flying. Again. Some would say finally. Others are not so chuffed, worrying as they are about people dashing from Green to Red zones and vice versa. Yes there is a risk but is the risk greater than the advantages of getting back to business? This has always been the key issue - let people out or contain the virus?
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  • Blog: Lockdown Tales - 40 Days To Nirvana
    IP Bajpai
    What my grandmother was unable to achieve, what my wife hasn't succeeded in doing in 40 years, seven weeks of lockdown have. From being a hard-drinking, red meat-eating, exercise-eschewing and late-sleeping grumponamus, I have almost completed the circle of virtuosity and am waiting for the angels to descend from heaven and place above my head a sh...
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  • Blog: Blog: No, It May Not Be The Best Idea For Migrants To Stay Where They Are
    IP Bajpai
    Isn't it Moses time for Chief Ministers of the eastern states? How long will they silently watch their people in far off states protesting the lack of food, water, money, shelter, and crying to go home, before they say, "let my people go"?
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  • Blog: PM Modi's Call - To Extend The Full Lockdown Or Tweak It
    IP Bajpai
    What yesterday looked like a continuation of the full lockdown for at least another couple of weeks is now possibly beginning to look like a more scaled version of the lockdown.
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  • Blog: Can India Escape The Worst Of Coronavirus?
    IP Bajpai
    While Italy may be a marker, since we haven't as yet had the same experience, it is possible that we may escape the worst of the European experiences because we went into lockdown much earlier and also, we had cut connections with the world even before that.
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  • Blog: How To Feed People During Lockdown. Hint - Polling Stations
    IP Bajpai
    Last night, the prime minister was forced to send the nation into shutdown after it became clear that as people, we were incapable of any voluntary discipline.
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  • Blog: Can India Stop A Pandemic From Becoming Pandemonium?
    IP Bajpai
    "Be prepared" is the motto of scouts. Unfortunately, most governments, from China to the US, have ignored this and their people are suffering the tremendous onslaught of the Coronavirus.
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  • Blog: Joe Biden Could Be Unbeatable After Today's Primaries
    IP Bajpai
    If the results in the US presidential primaries tomorrow morning confirm what opinion polls are saying, the Democratic race may well be over, with former Vice President Joe Biden heading to being anointed the party's candidate to try and topple President Donald Trump.
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  • Blog: As Budget 2020 Sinks In, The Most Taxing Question Of All
    IP Bajpai
    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made everyone miss lunch with a Budget speech that lasted more than two and half hours. In that time she gave us a fix for everything from agricultural to gene banks, so much so that she ran out of steam and couldn't finish last two pages.
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  • Blog: Shaheen Bagh Becomes BJP's Ammo For Delhi Polls. Budget Is A Bonus
    IP Bajpai
    Today's shooting at Jamia Millia Islamia by a man who had posted "Shaheen Bagh, game over," shows high tensions have begun to run in Delhi.
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  • Blog: Why Arvind Kejriwal's Odd-Even Plan Is Completely Fake
    IP Bajpai
    It's petty politics and not fighting pollution. That is why Delhi NCR and much of north India is struggling to breathe. And all the players are equally to blame as they try, cleverly (or so they think), and pass the buck. Add to the cauldron a Delhi election around the corner and you can be sure it isn't concern for your health that is driving the ...
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  • Blog: Is Modi Moving Mamata Banerjee's Cheese In Bengal?
    IP Bajpai
    The Modi-Shah plan is to do a Mamata on Mamata and topple the Trinamool using strategy similar to that for the CPM -- with two major differences. One, strong Hindutva, and two, the power and the money of a party in power at the centre.
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  • Blog: In Bihar, Nitish Seems To Be Riding Modi’s Coattails
    IP Bajpai
    Nitish Kumar, despite getting the BJP to give him an equal number of seats to contest in Bihar (17), looks like he is hanging on to Modi's coattails.
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