articles by Sandipan Sharma

Entertainment

Khayyam passes away at 92: The veteran Bollywood composer leaves behind a paradise for music lovers

Khayyam, who died on Monday, was the closest a composer could have come to recreating the joy of nature’s music.

Entertainment

In defence of Kabir Singh: Filmmakers should have the right to explore the mind of a flawed person

Kabir Singh: Cinema is a reflection of our society, remember? And people who do crazy things exist all around us.

Politics

Congress' indecision may make BJP's return 'possible' as national security replaces cow, Hindutva as key poll issue

The Congress, the only party that could have actually stopped the BJP, is playing dead, except for occasional outbursts on Rafale

India

Priyanka's entry helps avoid Hobson's choice

Rahul's inability to impress voters and inspire trust in his leadership could hobble his party

Politics

Timing of Priyanka Gandhi's arrival in politics shows Congress sees this as best chance to attack BJP, Modi

Unlike her brother who has failed to enthuse voters and is a subject of mirth and ridicule among a section of voters, Priyanka starts with a clean slate

India

Higher cut-off for OBCs in Rajasthan raises doubts about quota benefits; 10% reservation for 'general' poor could backfire

If the Rajasthan government implements 10 percent reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS), it would force 96 percent of the state's population to compete for 60 percent of the reserved seats, while leaving 40 percent of the seats for the remaining 4 percent of the population.

First Cricket News

Problem with Virat Kohli's aggression is us; we call it passion when we win, bad behaviour when we lose

As fans and commentators, we have to make up our minds on what we want Virat Kohli to do. We can't like a bit of him here and hate a bit of him there because he is every bit the same Kohli, win or lose. Plain aggression.

Politics

Ashok Gehlot's Kattappa-like loyalty to three generations of Gandhi family helped him ride his luck... yet again

A Katappa-isque loyalty that makes him serve the crown in Rajasthan must undoubtedly Ashok Gehlot's his biggest asset, without it he would not have survived for almost five decades in the Congress.

Politics

Ashok Gehlot Vs Sachin Pilot: Indira changed CMs like upholstery, Rajiv like cutlery and Rahul Gandhi holds Panchayat; rank bad optics

Rahul Gandhi’s inability to decide the name of the chief ministers of the states his party has won (Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh CMs haven't been decided yet) would have amused William Shakespeare. His procrastinations, doubts and dilemmas may have inspired another tragedy about a protagonist with flaws that could be fatal in politics.

Politics

AgustaWestland scam: Congress continues its Kumbhakarna-esque slumber as its lawyers run with Michels, hunt with Asarams

Expelled Congress leader Aljo Joseph is not the first lawyer linked to the Congress to have embarrassed the party by advocating controversial clients like AgustaWestland middleman Christen Michel and embracing complicated issues

Politics

Kartarpur corridor: Beyond Navjot Singh Sidhu's antics is plan to be the Yogi Adityanath of Sikh politics

Those under the illusion that Sidhu is letting his heart race ahead of political pragmatism must realise there is a method to his madness

Politics

Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha Election: Jodhpuri voter will take pragmatic approach in choosing between BJP, Congress

The defining linguistic feature of a Marwari — people born in areas around Jodhpur — is his complete reluctance to say the Hindi alphabet Sa and Sh.

Politics

Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha election: Changing caste equations upset Congress and BJP's plans in Barmer-Jaisalmer region

If the mood for change prevails, Rajasthan may see a change in government, if not in names of villages like Baap, Chacha and Suwar.

Politics

CP Joshi shoots from hip again: Rahul Gandhi's trusted aide releases Ram Mandir genie from Congress bottle

CP Joshi's utterances on Hinduism and the argument that only a Congress-led government can build a Ram Temple at Ayodhya may, of course, have been a manifestation of his subconscious desire to catch the attention of the Congress president, give words to the party’s current drive to embrace soft Hindutva.

India

TM Krishna concert and why it failed to arouse Delhi to create its own 'hum dekhenge' moment of mass defiance

On Saturday, when TM Krishna performed at the Garden of Five Senses, Delhi had its tryst with what could have been India’s Hum Dekhenge moment

Politics

CVoter Survey: Assembly polls major test of Narendra Modi's popularity as Congress eyes 4-0 win ahead of 2019

For the first time since the advent of the Narendra Modi-era in politics, the Congress, as several surveys point out, starts as the frontrunner in this round of elections

Politics

Rajasthan polls: Angered over gangster's encounter and miffed by Padmaavat slight, Rajput leaders vow to teach BJP lesson

In a close election, their loyalty could be decisive in at least three dozen constituencies in Rajasthan's 200-seat Assembly.

India

Delhi pollution: EPCA boss Bhure Lal's idea to ban all non-CNG vehicles symptomatic of bureaucratic stupidity

Banning one crore vehicles would put at least a crore more commuters—assuming just one person rides one vehicle—at the mercy of public transport.

Politics

Rajasthan elections 2018: Vasundhara Raje retains loyalists in BJP's first list of candidates, goes against party's pre-poll assessment

The BJP's first list of candidates for Rajasthan has the imprimatur of chief minister Vasundhara Raje, who has managed to have her say in the selection process in spite of the high command’s efforts to curtail her powers.

Politics

Rajasthan polls: Despite Ajmer debacle in 2014, Sachin Pilot leads Vasundhara Raje, Ashok Gehlot in race to CM post

Every pre-poll survey in Rajasthan, where Assembly election is scheduled to be held on December 7, has indicated Sachin Pilot is the first choice of the electorate.