Opinion: Uddhav Thackeray-Led Alliance Shows How To Defeat BJP

Opinion: Uddhav Thackeray-Led Alliance Shows How To Defeat BJP

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Wednesday January 20, 2021

The BJP under Modi and Shah has often boasted that it is well on its way to becoming India's dominant party in every state - from "Panchayat to Parliament". It certainly occupies the Number 1 position at the Centre and in many states - including at the panchayat level, as the recent results in Maharashtra have shown. However, Uddhav Thackeray has shown that a robust '...

Opinion: Rahul-Priyanka Deliver A Big Win; What They Must Do Next

Opinion: Rahul-Priyanka Deliver A Big Win; What They Must Do Next

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Tuesday August 11, 2020

The credit should go mainly to the decisive action by the two leaders who now command the highest degree of support within the party - the brother-sister duo of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. They were ably assisted by party colleagues, both old and young, in their reconciliatory efforts to convince Sachin Pilot into a 'ghar wapasi'.

Opinion: Uddhav Thackeray Finds His Best Self In Corona Crisis

Opinion: Uddhav Thackeray Finds His Best Self In Corona Crisis

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Tuesday April 21, 2020

If Uddhav Thackeray remains true to his better self, it is safe to predict that he will emerge as a consequential leader in the post-Corona political developments at the national level - and also in the post-Modi governance architecture in India.

Opinion: The Modi-Shah Strategy Reduces <i>'Kamal'</i> To <i>'Keechad'</i>

Opinion: The Modi-Shah Strategy Reduces 'Kamal' To 'Keechad'

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Wednesday March 11, 2020

"The Modi-Shah strategy of making India "Congress-mukt" prompts me to think of what the previous generation of BJP leaders might have said about these murderous attacks on democracy. I am surmising this on the basis of my own active political life in the BJP between 1996 and 2013."

Opinion: Modi And Shah Must Take Blame For Mob Takeover Of Delhi

Opinion: Modi And Shah Must Take Blame For Mob Takeover Of Delhi

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Wednesday February 26, 2020

Whatever Modi might have wanted to achieve from hosting Trump in a grand manner - "event management" is after all his forte - there is no denying that India's democracy and India's civilization have been shamed by the kind of dangerously polarizing politics that he and Shah have been playing.

Opinion: RG's Latest Fumble Against Modi Exposes His Weaknesses

Opinion: RG's Latest Fumble Against Modi Exposes His Weaknesses

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Friday February 07, 2020

Rahul Gandhi, after the debacle he and his party suffered in the 2019 parliamentary polls, is both combative and prone to unforced errors. He is sometimes casual and careless to the point of looking downright immature. Moreover, he often fumbles against a powerful opponent like Narendra Modi who is out to finish both his party and his family's legacy in Indian politic...

Opinion: On Death Anniversary, 10 Savarkar Links To Mahatma's Killing

Opinion: On Death Anniversary, 10 Savarkar Links To Mahatma's Killing

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Thursday January 30, 2020

Will Narendra Modi's government posthumously honour Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883-1966) with the Bharat Ratna? Most likely, even though his name did not figure in the Padma awards announced on the eve of Republic Day. After all, the BJP, which has evolved into a Savarkarite party - the Hindu Mahasabha in its new avatar - is insistent that its greatest, albeit highly ...

Opinion: The Maharashtra Fiasco Hurts PM Modi In 5 Big Ways

Opinion: The Maharashtra Fiasco Hurts PM Modi In 5 Big Ways

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Wednesday November 27, 2019

The self-goal by Modi and Shah in Maharashtra will accelerate the pace of change in national politics.

Opinion: Modi Deserves Kudos For 'Chennai Connect' With Xi

Opinion: Modi Deserves Kudos For 'Chennai Connect' With Xi

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Sunday October 13, 2019

"The friendship between China and Pakistan is unbreakable and rock solid despite changes in the international and regional situation," he told Imran Khan, who had come to Beijing for the third time this year.

Opinion: Modi-Shah - 2 Tigers, 1 Mountain. Where Does That Leave Rajnath?

Opinion: Modi-Shah - 2 Tigers, 1 Mountain. Where Does That Leave Rajnath?

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Friday June 07, 2019

"One Mountain Cannot Contain Two Tigers." Is this Chinese saying going to become salient as Narendra Modi's second innings, which has just begun, progresses? Or will Modi and Amit Shah prove it wrong?

Opinion: Modi's Speech His Best So Far, Now He Must Deliver On <i>"Vishwas"</i>

Opinion: Modi's Speech His Best So Far, Now He Must Deliver On "Vishwas"

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Monday May 27, 2019

"Pradhan Mantri Narendra Modi-ji, I wholeheartedly commend your hope-giving speech at the NDA meet. Now, along with crores of patriotic Indians (non-Muslims as well as Muslims), permit me to urge you: Walk the Talk."

Opinion: By Failing To Unite, Opposition Gifted Modi, BJP 300 Seats

Opinion: By Failing To Unite, Opposition Gifted Modi, BJP 300 Seats

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Friday May 24, 2019

One hopes that the Congress party at least now wakes up to the imperative need to build strong and enduring alliances, while at the same time focusing on the very difficult task of rebuilding itself ideologically, organisationally, and in ways to win the hearts and minds of people belonging to all sections of our diverse society. Without the Congress' revival, India's...

Opinion: Will May 23 Arrest The Dangerous Godse Phenomenon?

Opinion: Will May 23 Arrest The Dangerous Godse Phenomenon?

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Saturday May 18, 2019

The most important truth about Nathuram Godse is that he was not just a person who was hanged for his crime on November 15, 1949, but that Godse is a thought, just as Mahatma Gandhi, whom he assassinated on January 30, 1948, is also a thought, albeit an infinitely more important thought, for the future of India and humanity.

Opinion: Priyanka-Rahul Combo Makes Modi Nervous - And It's Showing

Opinion: Priyanka-Rahul Combo Makes Modi Nervous - And It's Showing

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Sunday May 12, 2019

Narendra Modi's self-obsession is by now well known. He beats all politicians in the number of times he takes his own name in election speeches and media interviews.

Opinion: How Raj Thackeray Is Emerging As A Key Figure In This Election

Opinion: How Raj Thackeray Is Emerging As A Key Figure In This Election

Sudheendra Kulkarni | Wednesday April 24, 2019

He is not contesting the ongoing parliamentary polls. Yet, within a matter of a few weeks, he has emerged as one of the stars of Elections 2019. His party has not fielded a single candidate. Yet, his rallies in city after city in Maharashtra, are among the largest in this poll season. His politics is so far confined to only one state. Yet, what he says, and how he is ...

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