Politics


Richard Nixon and the Watergate Scandal Law / Politics

Impeachment of the constitutional authorities is a cumbersome process all over the world, and it has been made difficult so that the possibility of impeachment does not prevent or discourage the authorities from taking strong or largely unpopular measures in long-term public interest. Not only can the constitutional authorities not be impeached easily, but also cannot be impeached on the expressly stated grounds. While in...

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BILL CLINTON: A President and a Sexual Predator? Law / Politics

It is in the very nature of power to be intoxicating, which is why it tends to make inroads into the psyche of the powerful and makes them act irresponsible. Bill Clinton was just one of them who thought he could get away with. And, interestingly, he pretty much did. Of course, he had to carry the blemish, but his presidency sailed through the impeachment...

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No ‘clean chit’ possible, Mr. Modi Law / Politics

Modi’s ‘clean chit’ flag-hoisting followed by the pompous ‘fasting’ and the post-fast boasting was a three-stage tragi-comedy of no consequence and left me more disgusted than amused exposing my misgivings about my ability to go giggling even over the most ridiculously phony theatrics. Mr. Modi, who had maintained a ‘studied’ – rather, ‘tactful’ – political silence, finally found a bit of his voice when he...

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Raj ‘Tyson’ Spears does it again Politics

Raj Thackeray always manages to come up with some very ‘innovative’ ideas when it comes to his favourite sport of North Indian Bashing, which he continues to enjoy enormously and practices tirelessly. Of course, like all sportsmen, he too wishes to make a professional career out of it, and by some estimation he is already half way on the road. So, one could easily picture...

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Write and Tweet ‘Party Right’ Politics

Shahi Tharoor tweeted ‘Cattle Class’ and the holy cows sulked. And then hit back with the claws in their hooves. Obviously, Mr. Tharoor had not anticipated such a backlash from what appeared to him a docile species capable of baying but never biting or clawing. And then he realized his folly. But one thing they got bang right. Mr. Tharoor has little, if any, understanding...

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Sharad Yadav and Socrates: The obvious disconnect Politics

Sharad Yadav is against women reservation bill and declared that he would consume poison if the bill was passed in its present form. Later, in order to wriggle out of the suicide statement, which could in part be politically suicidal, he referred to Socrates’ cup of hemlock in his defence and apparently likened himself to the great Greek philosopher. Socrates agreed to consume poison simply...

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US President Barack Obama (L) and former President George W. Bush talk during a portrait unveiling ceremony in the East Room of the White House on May 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted Bush and his wife Laura Bush to unveil their official White House portrait.  AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages) Politics

When this ‘skinny kid with a funny name’, as he likes to describe himself, became the first African-American President of the United State amidst worldwide euphoria, it was clear that he had an enormous weight of expectation on his shoulders, which could make it difficult for him to perform as well as the world expected him to or as well as he would himself want...

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Rahul, Varun: Who let the kids out? Politics

Another Gandhi kid has spoken. And it did no good to anyone except, perhaps, to the venom spewing young Gandhi himself in some measure. It helped him grab the headlines that had eluded him for nearly as long as he had been running after them. Not any more. Nobody seemed to be taking note of the chubby boy and he apparently didn’t like it much....

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Mumbai attack: What did it change? Politics

The heat generated by Mumbai attack seems to be settling down. Not that we are forgetting it so soon. No, we will not. It was indeed India’s 9/11 for a simple reason that the nation was hit where it hurts the most. This time the highest echelon of Indian society took the hit. No place remained beyond reach, none ever was. But the myth has...

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Photo Courtesy: The Telegraph Politics

The Mumbai nightmare is over, but the horror lingers on, and it will for quite some time. Our collective memory is not that short; how short, we’ll soon know. But for the time being we would cry hoarse asking for some serious action, and the journalists on television would go crazy declaring in thumping voices and emphatic, jerk-nods ‘enough is enough’. But the question that...

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