16th September 2010 – an Interview to BlogAdda
there is an Opportunity here for a new face to emerge and lead a new grassroots movement in tune with the challenges over the next two decades posed by a Young India Hungry for Opportunities
11th April 2011 – a Column in The Pioneer
The ‘India Against Corruption’ motley group of NGO activists has succeeded where the BJP has failed… At a pivotal moment when the middle class angst needed political leadership the BJP failed to provide it.
21st Aug 2011 - one more Column in The Pioneer
28th December 2011 – a Column in The Rediff
The closing thought for 2011 must go to Arvind Kejriwal, the man who emerged from nowhere to raise the nation’s consciousness on an issue with a single point agenda, howsoever flawed it maybe. 2011 revealed the angry but brilliant tactician within him.
We just have to wait till 2012 to know if there is also a patient strategist lurking somewhere inside him waiting to give birth to a new political formation.
3rd August 2012 - a blog post
While convention political wisdom would suggest that any new political party targeting the Urban Middle Class would grow at the BJP’s expense only to aid the Congress in a manner no different from the MNS in Maharashtra and PRP in Andhra, it is for the BJP to differentiate and distinguish itself and transcend any potential vote splits. A case in point here is the success of the YSR Congress in the recent Andhra bypolls. As flawed as it may have been the upstart YSRCP’s rise was marked by drawing of votes both from the Congress and the TDP.
Until then all the best to Mr. Kejriwal and Co. with their new experiment in the laboratory of Indian Politics. If not anything else it would serve the purpose of keeping the heat on the incumbent parties to shape up and deliver rather than take their constituents for granted.
28th November 2012 – a Column in Niti Central
I may not get to vote for the Aam Admi Party any time soon, given its immediate focus on the Delhi Assembly election in 2013. Even if presented with the opportunity on a future ballot, I perhaps may not vote for the Aam Admi Party. But I would like to wish it well in the naïve hope that its birth marks the beginning of a new culture of politics, both in the choice of methods for a political formation to be effective, and in the demographic composition of constituents for a political party to be viable.
9th May 2013 - a Column in Niti Central
The paradox of the most committed BJP partisan being unpersuaded at the polling booth highlights the biggest challenge for the BJP and its rank and file.
The lesson from Karnataka for the BJP is that the most superhuman campaign by one individual will come to naught if it is not backed by a performant organisation and by a credible candidate. In our indirect democracy, when the average voter, even if marginally enthused by Narendra Modi, steps into the polling booth and stares at the ballot, they will not see Narendra Modi but the local candidate. Unless the BJP rank and file bring extraordinary pressure to bear on the BJP’s leadership to choose credible candidates who exude Narendra Modi’s persona both with their conduct and in their views, their dream of seeing Modi in Delhi will remain distant.
BJP will neither change by the superhuman efforts of one individual nor by the wisdom of a few good men in Delhi. Extraordinary pressure from the ground-up alone can force this change on the BJP.
To win Delhi the BJP needs a credible message to break through the clutter of rhetoric from the Congress and the AAP. It also needs a radical messenger who can outshine both Sheila Dikshit and Arvind Kejriwal. To attempt to articulate the former without resolving the question on the latter would be a fatal mistake the BJP could ill-afford at this stage when a national momentum is building up behind its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Background to this analysis was a longer list of 14 marginal seats of which yesterday the BJP lost 10 and won 4. In the seats that it lost, most were by a few thousand votes.