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  • Opinion: Mehbooba Is Kashmir's Big Disappointment
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    The terrible summer months of last year seem to have taught no lessons to either Modi or Mehbooba. That they have taught no lessons to Modi is understandable: he has long been past any learning. But it is heart-breaking that Mehbooba, who was looked upon as a kind of mother-figure till she fell into the trap set by Modi, has lost much of her credib...
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  • Opinion: Jayalalithaa Verdict Shows A Criminal Ran A State
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    If the AIADMK legislature party survives its present crisis - a big If - the new leadership might stabilize. But the more probable scenario is that the split will persist.
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  • Opinion: Sasikala's Gross Miscalculation And The Mess That Followed
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Sasikala is no Goddess and OPS no God. Neither has any background in Dravidian film-making. The failure in politics of very popular Tamil film stars like Sivaji Ganesan and "Captain" Vijayakanth shows that it is not film fan clubs that translate into political machines. but political machines that used the cinema like the social media is used today...
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  • Opinion: Modi And Jaitley's Half-Baked Proposals On Political Funding
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    There will be an initial frisson of excitement when transparency measures are legislated, but the impact of such disclosures on the political outcome will be minimal. It would amount to no more than a grand but futile gesture.
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  • Opinion: Trump, Modi And A Shaft Of Worrying Similarities
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Something in their character drove them to seize the opportunity and because the forces of history were on their side, they coasted to their respective victories.
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  • Opinion: Modi's Takeover Of The RBI And Where It Has Left Us
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    The renowned historian, Prof. Satish Chandra, in his magisterial work, Medieval India (1206-1526), quotes Ibn Battutah who visited the court of Muhammad bin Tuglaq as saying the ruler's gravest fault was that he "depended on his own judgement and rarely took advice from others."
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  • Opinion: Modi's Vibrant Gujarat <i>Tamasha</i> Is A Giant Flopshow
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    The Americans have the right word for it - razzmatazz, the most appropriate word to describe the Vibrant Gujarat summits, started by Chief Minister Modi in the year after the post-Godhra pogrom and now into its eighth edition - long enough to evaluate whether this is serious business or just razzmatazz.
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  • Opinion: Modi's Flop Speech Rounded Off His Flop Year, More To Come
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Did Modi's New Year's Eve speech - a flop speech to climax a flop year - mark the End of the Beginning or the Beginning of the End? Mamata Banerjee had the answer. She tweeted: "End of Demonetization. Start of DeModitization"!
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  • Opinion: Modi, The Sahara Diaries And Much Unexplained
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Is there a nexus between the payments made to "Gujarat CM" and any action taken to favor Sahara? As of now, no one can say for certain, but any PM concerned with protecting his reputation would surely want his innocence revealed through a thorough and independent investigation? Not Modi. He ducks and weaves but does nothing to explicitly deny his i...
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  • Opinion: Modi's 'Monumental Mismanagement' Now Backed By Numbers
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Leaving aside apologists for the Modi regime, most independent economists are agreed that GDP for the next two and possibly three quarters has taken such a hit that GDP growth will decline by at least one percentage point or more, with Ambit Capital estimating that GDP growth will be more than halved to 3.5% for FY 2017.
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  • Opinion: Rajiv Gandhi, Jayalalithaa and I
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    J Jayalalithaa has not left behind a void. She has left behind a legacy. It is the legacy left for her by her mentor, MGR, honed and polished by JJ to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
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  • Opinion: PM Modi Completes Half-Way Mark In Silence That's Telling
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Perhaps the unusual silence reflects Modi's concern over whether demonetization has proved a self-inflicted surgical strike on his own government.
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  • Opinion: If India Rebuffs Sartaj Aziz, Pak Will Have What It Wants
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    When Sartaj Aziz is brushed aside by India at Amritsar, Pakistan will win a few brownie points internationally; Modi will secure the same domestically on the eve of the upcoming UP and Punjab elections.
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  • Opinion: With Notes Ban, Shock And Awe Was Modi's Focus. Now, This Mess
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    What is happening is happening because Modi is who he is: vain, arrogant, self-obsessed, domineering. He wants to be the only one on the stage, the only one on whom the limelight is playing, the sole recipient of all applause. So he insulates himself from advice, fiercely concentrates decision-making in himself, personalizes governance, and project...
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  • Opinion: Modi Move To Divide Will Come Up Against Ambedkar's Brilliance
    Mani Shankar Aiyar
    Ever since the Hindutvists arrived 30 months ago on the throne of power, they have been searching for ways and means of by-passing the secular, democratic, constitutional order to push their discriminatory sectarian agenda only to discover that Dr Ambedkar's constitution blocks them at every turning.
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