Cynical politics over the decades has dragged Kashmir into a fine mess today; a war of words that doesn't consider the historical narrative on the subject of Article 370 doesn't help heal Kashmir's wounds.
Any further dithering in naming Narendra Modi as the BJP's candidate will only mean that its loss of JD(U) as an alliance partner - and the likely loss of its foothold in Bihar - will have been in vain.
Politics is a numbers game. And if the BJP manages to get within striking distance of forming a government, the JD(U) could once again be back in the NDA fold.
That a politically astute politician like Nitish Kumar should risk near-certain political defeat in Bihar by walking out of an alliance with the BJP unless it rules out Modi as its candidate is astonishing. But posturing is a habit that's hard to break.
it's a good thing that Advani has revealed his now. If a showdown was inevitable within the party, it is better to get it over with, rather than have it drag on until the election season is near at hand.
For the BJP, which is in the throes of a divisive leadership tussle, the next week could prove an eternity.
The "two heads" power arrangement between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is coming apart at the seams.
In putting up a mere token appearance in Karnataka, Modi comes across as a play-safe politician who doesn't want to risk anything that might impede him in his 'Chalo Dilli' yatra.
Rather than bang away on the doors of an ineffectual Power Club, Indian diplomatic and strategic interests would arguably be better served by investing resources on enhancing our economic and strategic clout
With his partisan, extra-judicial, facts-be-damned comments on Modi, which relate to a domain far removed from his current responsibility as Press Council chairman, Katju has crossed the line of propriety for men in public office.
With its unnuanced narrative on conducting relations with a troublesome neighbour, the Manmohan Singh government is rewarding bad behaviour on Pakistan's part - and opening up India to yet more vulnerabilities.
Rahul Gandhi's cameo performance as a tail-ender in Gujarat says volumes about his distinct lack of readiness for big battles. But those battles may be brought home to him sooner than he reckons.
Politics isn't about 'morality"; it is about muddying the waters so thoroughly and bamboozling your opponents and using every instrument of state power to win friends and influence allies and even sections of the Opposition. On that count, the Congress won comprehensively on Wednesday.
The Congress high command keeps AP Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on tenterhooks by granting dissidents an audience periodically, which only stokes mischief. Humiliating Andhra pride can recoil on it, as it did in the past.
The popular response to YS Rajasekhara Reddy's daughter Sharmila's padayatra in Telangana has scaled up the YSR Congress' ambitions in the region. It also provides an interesting shift in the dynamics of Andhra Pradesh politics.
In a mature political world, the Thackeray brand of ‘hate politics’ would never have gained as much traction as it did. That it has thrived this long, by feeding off ‘us-and-them’ politics, says volumes about the failure of the political and administrative systems.
China expands its footprint in Afghanistan by opening up a critical land border. It's a move fraught with security implications for India, which too is fighting to retain its foothold there.