Post-poll pangs

I am writing this to inform you all, loyal readers, that I won’t be writing this week. There are many reasons for me to skip my regular column, some personal but mostly political. Continue Reading

An ode to vote

For me, NOTA is not an option howsoever ugly the credentials of the candidates. Yet, I welcome NOTA because it was introduced with the honourable motive of bringing a disillusioned voter to the booth. Continue Reading

A cash-plus economy

In a shameful first, in 2016 TN Assembly elections, polling in two constituencies was put off due to the ‘pernicious effect of money power’, to quote the EC. Continue Reading

March past, April Fools’ time now

I am inspired. I am encouraged. And I am emboldened, enough to present my own manifesto, my promises, knowing fool, er, full well that there is no chance of me getting elected. There is a conspiratorial proviso in the EC… Continue Reading

Issues, many-‘pest’os, cam‘pain’s

As in every election, the current one too is replete with issues. Even a cursory glance at the pollscape will show many issues frantically scurrying about. Issues can figure but how can they run and walk around? Confused? Continue Reading

Bond behind brotherly bailout

The closing years of the 20th century, particularly the pre-globalisation ‘80s, were the high point of entrepreneurship and enterprise thanks to just one person: Dhirubhai Hirachand Ambani and his Reliance Industries Ltd. Continue Reading

Boom time for bloomers

Politics, the last resort of scoundrels, is not just a notorious arena of foulplay but is also a fertile ground for foul-ups all along, all over. The prevailing pollscape promises to be a pleasant season for bloomers to bloom, with party leaders stumbling and fumbling their way through the dust and din of the hustings. Continue Reading

Allies and all lies

In tune with the flavour of the season, it is 20:20. The DMK and AIADMK have, by some arithmetic coincidence, decided to keep these many seats for themselves while ceding the other 20 in their kitty to the allies. Continue Reading

Imran turns to spin

The cricketing analogy cannot be avoided. Fast bowler Imran tormented India for long with his blistering pace, but Pakistan PM Imran has now been put on the backfoot, beaten and bowled by an impatient India, tired of its tolerance and restraint being taken as a batsman on a weak wicket. Continue Reading

To jawans, with love

The white snowy landscape of Kashmir has once again become drenched in red as yet another medieval maniac in modern disguise has killed and spilled two score sons of our soil and their blood. That just one motivated madcap can pull off such a planned and precise attack of immense damage proves not just the hostility that India faces but also its poor preparedness. Continue Reading