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Girish Kuber


The writer is editor, 'Loksatta'

Why BJP’s relationship with Shiv Sena has grown so bitter
Fri, Jan 28, 2022

🔴 Girish Kuber writes: The Sena’s blend of regionalism and religion could provide a template for other parties and eat into BJP’s vote bank

As Tatas get back Air India, recalling how the government had snatched away their beloved child 70 years ago
Fri, Jan 28, 2022

The government handing over Air India to the Tata Group is a historic occasion — and much more than history coming full circle. Because for the Tatas, Air India was not merely a business — it was their dearest, most beloved child that was snatched away by the government.

The ‘jilted lover’ political mindset is playing out in Maharashtra
Wed, Nov 10, 2021

Girish Kuber writes: The BJP received a jolt when the Shiv Sena joined hands with the NCP and Congress after 2019 Assembly polls. Since then the three-party Maharashtra government has been in a fire-fighting mode.

Tatas and their baby: Group gets back what was snatched six decades ago
Thu, Jan 27, 2022

Ironically, the Indian government was initially proud of the Tatas and the way they were running Air India. It was the only shining jewel India had when the British left in 1947.

Elections are not won by the opposition. They’re lost by the incumbent government
Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Girish Kuber writes: Instead of seeking someone to challenge the ruling combine, the opposition may be better off exposing its fallibility to voters.

Maharashtra shows BJP is becoming that which it claimed to stand in opposition to
Thu, Nov 28, 2019

The BJP’s behaviour over the past 5-6 years is the same as that of the Congress of the Eighties and Nineties. The saffron party’s approach in handling both parties, first the Shiv Sena and then the NCP, was like that of the Congress and its methods were not just unwise but politically incorrect too.

End of alliance with Shiv Sena speaks of BJP’s recent propensity to convert friends into foes
Wed, Nov 13, 2019

In the end, the stalemate in Maharashtra will force everyone to get off their high-horse and introspect. More importantly, it’s bound to compel the BJP to soften its rhetoric and start addressing real issues like the state of the economy and growing unemployment.

BJP’s weakened showing in Maharashtra a lesson for over-confident party that ridiculed Opposition
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

It’s not surprising that several cabinet ministers in the Fadnavis government were sent packing by voters. The performance of the BJP’s alliance partner, Shiv Sena, has been underwhelming. Political observers have time and again pointed out the Sena’s helplessness in tagging along with the BJP.

Savarkar, father of Hindu rashtravad, also represents a tradition of social reformers
Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar aka Swatantryaveer Savarkar is more known as the father of Hindu rashtravad (Hindu nationalism), but at the same time he also represents Maharashtra’s glorious tradition of social and religious reformers.

Saffron side up: How BJP in Maharashtra became a conglomerate of winnable candidates
Mon, Oct 07, 2019

Ahead of assembly polls, BJP has rearranged Maharashtra’s political field to its own advantage.

Why is BJP keen on alliance with Shiv Sena despite repeated humiliation?
Tue, Jan 29, 2019

For the BJP, being with the Shiv Sena is critical to holding off the Congress-NCP alliance. For the Shiv Sena, breaking away from BJP poses an existential threat.

A silence in Maharashtra
Tue, Jan 08, 2019

Revocation of Nayantara Sahgal’s invite to a literary meet is a sign of intellectual decline. The excuse that Sahgal has not written in a regional language is a facade. The real reason could be her active role in award wapasi and other issues.

Sunday Story
So where is the Mahagathbandhan that will challenge the BJP? asks Amit Shah
Mon, Jul 30, 2018

BJP president Amit Shah speaks to The Indian Express on the Opposition challenge to the BJP, the party’s own difficulties with allies, the criticism over lynchings and cow vigilantism, inner-party democracy and demands for reservation.

Narendra Modi-led BJP is going to improve its performance in 2019, says Amit Shah
Sat, Jul 28, 2018

In an exclusive interview to The Indian Express Group, Amit Shah spoke on key issues affecting the overall political atmosphere and particularly the BJP, including on vigilantism and lynching.

Why London Needs Company
Thu, Apr 12, 2018

After Brexit, the UK is looking to the Commonwealth to replace EU as trade partner

Why tensions in Maharashtra represent a tussle between competing nationalisms
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

For Dalits, it is important to send out the message that they matter politically, before the BJP takes a decision on Maratha reservations.

All hype on energy
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

India continues to lack a clear roadmap for encouraging the use of clean fuel

Maharashtra civic polls 2017: Behind BJP’s art of winning, there’s craft too
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

BJP has bagged eight of the 10 municipal corporations where elections were held.

Maharasthra civic polls: Cities are too important to be left to corporators
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Ongoing civic polls in Maharashtra underline the disconnect between urban governance and the citizen. Cities are too important to be left to corporators.

So many Shivajis
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

The 17th century Maratha king has been appropriated by diverse politicians for their gain. But in the hands of different interest groups, he has acquired several personas

In MNS, BJP sees a partner which can take Sena space
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

The MNS agitation over the movie might have been seen as another display of the in-vogue macho neo-nationalism. But that’s not the case.

A disruption called Donald
Wed, Nov 09, 2016

Despite his outrageous views, Donald Trump represents hope to many Americans.

Pakistan can’t have terror cake and eat it too, says former envoy Hussain Haqqani
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani said Pakistan was in denial about terrorism.

A cry for dominance
Mon, Sep 26, 2016

The advent of the Fadnavis government in Maharashtra has been accompanied by new social and political equations that threaten the Marathas’ political hegemony. Hence their huge rallies now

A bitter sugar story
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

In Maharashtra, where the sugar industry and politics are twined, drought is a manmade disaster