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The latest talking point in the media is Modi = Indira Gandhi. Their backgrounds were as far apart as could be and they lived in different times so the comparison is shallow. But is it true in the following respect: Indira won huge electoral victories in 1971 and 1980 but did precious little with her political capital to positively transform India. She seemed content to just hang on to power. Is that true of Modi too -- lots of speeches but no substantive agenda for improving India?

Posted By: Chinmay  |  Posted On: 22 Mar 2017  |  City: Muscat

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 Doing a piece on this subject. Will post on the site.

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Have seen lots of pieces by liberal or centrist (or, at least, by no means pro-BJP/RSS) journalists almost triumphantly saying that the Adityanath CM selection proves that the RSS controls Modi, or that Modi cannot defy the RSS, or that this proves the RSS word is final in this government etc., etc. They provide little actual evidence in their pieces to support this claim. Do you believe it? Or do you think Adityanath is simply the Modi-Shah choice from among the options?

Posted By: Animesh  |  Posted On: 21 Mar 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 Do you think that it is possible for Modi and Shah to select every single candidate in UP, to refuse to name a CM nominee before the polls, and win a landslide and then, suddenly become so weak and ineffectual that they can't even appoint a chief minister of their own choosing?
 
Come on! ??

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Sir, we run a dedicated cancer institute and hospice owned solely by me a radiation onc and my wife .. a surgical onc..... i"m probably your biggest fan and would rever a visit from you , sir if ever you are in the area

Posted By: Dr behgal ks  |  Posted On: 20 Mar 2017  |  City: Mohali

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 Where exactly are you located?

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Does not UP election prove that the entire secular set up was at fault for the rise of BJP? Is the definition of secularism from IG is being seen as appeasement to create votebanks in which even minorities did not benefit? Was it a simplistic assumption to make Rao a scapegoat or bari and move on by bringing back dynasty? What purpose did it serve except destroying non dynasty leadership and depriving both Rao and party of creating an India model which was unique success in the world hystory?

Posted By: Ravi  |  Posted On: 20 Mar 2017  |  City: USA

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 I don't see what Narasimha Rao has to do with the UP result. For the record, Narasimha Rao first lost an election and then resigned voluntarily as Congress President because he faced serious corruption  charges. He was not replaced by a member of any dynasty but by Sitaram Kesri, who was his handpicked successor. 
 

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Hi Vir,
Trust life's treating you well. Been a great fan of all your shows and articles. Rude food was a classic, so was Mandate.Custom made brought forth lot of bespoke experiences and hidden insights into the various craftsmanship you can find in India( now sadly discontinued).I love fragrances and your articles on fragrances have shed a lot of light on various fragrances and the perfumers. What are you wearing nowadays? Expecting a long due article on fragrances.Meanwhile, have a fragrant day

Posted By: Benson Abraham  |  Posted On: 19 Mar 2017  |  City: Trivandrum

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 Thanks so much. Have been taking a break from fragrances so I am not wearing anything special these days. But will be back in action soon, I hope.

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I think dhaba food is overrated grossly. All the dhabas I have visited serve sub standard food at high prices with plenty of cheating tactics. Can you give your opinion.

Posted By: jayant  |  Posted On: 16 Mar 2017  |  City: delhi

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  I don't agree. There are some wonderful dhabas. I guess it varies from state to state but in Punjab, it is hard to go wrong if you stick to dhaba food.

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Hello vir
Your reply to a question long time ago " deve gowda was a disastrous pm , modi will be far , far worse if he ever makes it .."
Do you still have the same point of view or is it different now

Posted By: Rohan  |  Posted On: 16 Mar 2017  |  City: Sheffield

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Thinking back just 5 yrs, isn't it sort of amazing how quickly Indian politics changes? Modi was Gujarat CM and the 2012 Gujarat elections were yet to happen. Few were certain he would be the PM nominee and fewer yet thought he could do it. "160 club". He didn't campaign in the UP assembly elections. Mulayam's SP swept. We're living in a different world today, aren't we?

Posted By: Vikas  |  Posted On: 16 Mar 2017  |  City: Ahmedabad

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 We certainly are.

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I believe I am secular but I have been supporter of Modi. I am along with many previous BJP supporters, disappointed that even till date and second term of BJP Govt, no justice for 84 riots and kashmir pandits. Not even a single legal action against blatant corruption of the previous govt. Makes me want to believe Kejri - sab mile hua hain.
Many of us feel that way but probably continue to support BJP for lack of option. I believe these actions will help electorally as well. Your take?

Posted By: jyoti  |  Posted On: 16 Mar 2017  |  City: NRI

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 I believe that the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits is one of the most shameful episodes in modern Indian history. Unfortunately, it is not clear to me what the BJP has done for the Pandits. They remain a forgotten people, ignored by the political establishment and never given the justice that is their due.
 

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What do you make of the frequent Modi-Indira comparison post-election results?

Posted By: Girish  |  Posted On: 13 Mar 2017  |  City: Mumbai

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 There are parallels. I am planning a piece on the subject. Will post it on the site.

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