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Ram Vilas Paswan on brink of another U-turn as mahagathbandhan adds RLSP, HAM to list of Bihar allies

Paswan made a huge U-turn (having claimed earlier that he would prefer to drink poison than join hands with the BJP) and joined Modi's bandwagon ahead of the 2014 election. The rest is history. After speaking to NDA leaders, particularly from Bihar and after assessing statements made by Chirag (where he said seat-sharing was not an issue), Firstpost gathered that it was not that the senior Paswan was convinced that the Modi government was on its way out, but there was something else that was bothering him

Rahul Gandhi as PM? It's clear Opposition won't hand it to Congress on platter

The proposed coming together of all the Opposition parties before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to counter the BJP has already run into trouble over their inconsistent remarks on the probable prime ministerial candidate. While DMK leader MK Stalin proposed the name of Congress president Rahul Gandhi to lead the proverbial mahagathbandhan, other Opposition leaders made their displeasure known.

Naseeruddin Shah's comment on Virat Kohli's 'arrogance' is the pot calling the kettle black

The thing with great actors is that they tend to become the characters they play and, at times, the great ones find it difficult to differentiate between reality and the act. Shah’s ‘Kohli episode’ could well be a result of him slipping into one of his most famous characters, Albert Pinto, from the seminal Saeed Mirza film, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai (1980).

The move clearly smacked of panic. After the newly-inducted Congress dispensations in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh announced farm loan waivers, the BJP government did not want its voters in Gujarat to feel that they were being discriminated against. As one of the characters in a play written by TS Eliott put it, "In a world of fugitives, the one taking the opposite direction will appear to run away."

Manmohan Singh was right on demonetisation: note ban reduced real economic activity

The move hit the informal economy particularly hard since cash played a dominant role in making the daily transactions seamless. Supply chains were broken and small shops were shut. The impact on unemployment and rural economy became more visible in the period that followed. The speculated gains of the note ban — widening taxpayer base and push for digitalisation — are much less than the pain the exercise inflicted on the economy.

Updated Date: Dec 20, 2018 19:34:08 IST