Articles by Sreemoy Talukdar
Dec 14, 2017
Gujarat polls: Nothing 'soft' about Rahul Gandhi's Hindutva; it's a hard-line approach to prevent another electoral routIf Hindutva is an exclusionary impulse as opposed to the inclusiveness of Hinduism, then Rahul seems intent on adopting it with ferocity of a neo-convert.
Dec 13, 2017
Gujarat campaign shows Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi as fusty, ill-equipped to lead aspirational IndiaJean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr's epigram plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose (the more things change, the more they stay the same) is well applied in Rahul's case. The dynast is not a "young leader" but a relic of the past. He is unsuitable for an aspirational India.
Dec 13, 2017
Manmohan Singh's objections deceptive: Attending dinner meeting with Pakistan officials shows poor judgementManmohan Singh needs to come down from his pedestal. His acts of pious outrage are becoming a little too common, as are his indiscretions.
Dec 12, 2017
Congress ill advised to raise communal pitch ahead of Gujarat polls; seeking Modi apology wrong strategyA fascinating contest of narratives is under way in Gujarat. In response to Narendra Modi's charge that Congress is letting Pakistan interfere with India's electoral process, Rahul Gandhi on Monday sought to reset the parameters of the debate. He told voters in a rally that this election is all about Gujarat—nothing else—and the prime minister's attempt to distract the voters betrays his nervousness.
Dec 09, 2017
Gujarat polls: From Bluetooth to WiFi, Congress' bizarre EVM charges betray a belief that BJP is invincibleA bravura performance to prove "EVM rigging by BJP" was recently staged by the Aam Aadmi Party amid much fanfare but though it was impressive in terms of theatrics and entertainment, very little was achieved by way of proof.
Dec 08, 2017
Aiyar's 'neech' remark: By promptly uprooting BJP's 'Mani-plant', Rahul Gandhi may have largely controlled the damageAs deplorable as Mani Shankar Aiyar's invective against Narendra Modi was, there is little chance that the Gujarat Assembly polls will be decided over it.
Dec 07, 2017
Ayodhya suit: Kapil Sibal in a soup of his own making, but recipe prepared by too clever by half CongressThe trouble with lies is that one begets another, and then one gets caught within a vortex of falsehoods. It is painful to see the way senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has tied himself up in knots, and a little amusing to think that the Congress believed it could get away with its strategy of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds.
Dec 07, 2017
25 years since Babri demolition: It is important to recall and engage with injuries of the past to heal the presentA few writers and thinkers who have been brave enough to shed light on the unwritten histories have been branded and labeled into neat little compartments, notwithstanding their considerable achievements in own fields.
Dec 05, 2017
Vijay Mallya extradition case: Despite India's best efforts, chances of tycoon facing justice in India is virtually nilVijay Mallya's defence is built on a three-pronged argument that seeks to tap into India's past record in extradition cases, structural lacunas and gaps in prosecution's arguments
Dec 04, 2017
Congress president election: Rahul Gandhi's confused signalling, lack of game plan is gift to his rivalsIt was instructive to watch Rahul Gandhi file his nomination papers at the party headquarters on Monday with a large tilak on his forehead and the frame of Mahatma Gandhi hanging from a wall behind him.