Articles by Sreemoy Talukdar
Aug 20, 2018
A tale of two funerals: What the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narasimha Rao tells us about BJP and CongressPV Narasimha Rao’s shabby treatment largely owed to the fact that he refused to let himself be reduced to the status of a Nehru-Gandhi loyalist.
Aug 19, 2018
Disruptor, realist, optimist: Atal Bihari Vajpayee's foreign policy both carried forward and departed from Nehruvian legacyAtal Bihari Vajpayee's foreign policy game was guided by the light of realism and tempered through optimism within the Indian context. His successors have highlighted his vision.
Aug 17, 2018
Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away: Ex-PM walked on water, ran on razor's edge; was a pragmatist yet an incurable romanticSome call Vajpayee a philosopher, a thinker and a poet in Parliament. Some vouch that he was a good listener and a supreme orator. Some swear that he was a true democrat, a statesman, a diplomat, one of India’s ablest administrators and a wily politician who taught India the art of coalition politics.
Aug 15, 2018
Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech: Prime minister reinforced bond built with electorate over 4 yearsIt is different now. Narendra Modi is now the incumbent. His narrative of hope will now be judged on the touchstone of performance.
Aug 14, 2018
Simultaneous elections must for India: Perpetual electoral season dilutes govt policies with political gainsA laser focus on winning elections means that leaders take shortcuts, and the focus lies on redistribution of wealth through welfare schemes (or even bribery). While income inequality is a reality in India, for wealth to be redistributed, there needs to be greater focus on its generation.
Aug 13, 2018
Decoding Narendra Modi interviews: PM betting on Indian voters' maturity, Opposition’s ‘Modi vs Rest’ strategyIt seems plausible to surmise that other conditions remaining constant, Narendra Modi has fewer reasons to worry about 2019 than his rivals.
Aug 10, 2018
Rahul Gandhi may need more than a 'hug-and-wink' routine to counter BJP's grand strategy for 2019The BJP under Modi and Amit Shah is a well-drilled, organised and efficient unit that tries to stay several steps ahead of its rivals.
Aug 09, 2018
RS deputy chairman election: BJP’s nimbleness, guile come to fore as Opposition unity goes ‘Hari bharose’Despite being the hegemonic force in Indian politics, BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah retains the necessary nimbleness to wade through the cross-currents of coalition politics.
Aug 08, 2018
Karunanidhi's burial at Marina Beach: BJP may end up paying the price for AIADMK's massive self-goalIn denying DMK's demand, the AIADMK government had cited rules of the Coastal Regulation Zone Act.
Aug 07, 2018
Article 35A: Abrogating toxic law only way to normalise Kashmir; how long should India pay for Nehru's mistakes?The debate has been renewed over filing of writ petitions by We the Citizens, an NGO, challenging the validity of both Article 35A and Article 370.