Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

Topic: Congress


Congress knows it cannot repeat its 2009 performance. It simply does not have a track record. So what do you do if you know you cannot win?

Not enough, boss

Since we do not have an insight into Rahul Gandhi’s mind yet, here is our list of what could possibly be called the three mistakes of his political life.

Still Mandal, still mandir

Mandir and Mandal are the last big ideas to alter our national power equations. Since then, nobody has been able to catch India’s imagination.

One dynasty dimming

The inability to counter or challenge the rise of new political dynasties is the Congress party's biggest failure.

First family, second nature

What is it about the Congress that the moment a member of the Gandhi family is attacked, it loses its political judgment, instinct, discretion? It ceases to respond like a political party.

The PC option

India's finance ministry is a den of vindictive incompetence. It needs a tough, unforgiving, sharp, no-nonsense & thick-skinned leader, and you'll find these features on Chidambaram's CV.

Shoot me, the messenger

While there is a lot of praise for the great work the media has done in busting corruption, fighting social evils & improving transparency and accountability, our arrogance has grown into hubris.

BJP, the lonely

UPA is sinking, but the BJP is adrift, having failed to reconfigure itself to a changing urban India.

They just didn’t get it

India has changed. It will vote for those who understand, respect and embrace this change with humility, not hubris.

Smirks that speak and a doctor with no prescription

Congress has a Very Angry Young Man, BJP has too many angry old men.

On Camera


Representational image | Indian Navy/Facebook

Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.


Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.