The BSP had stormed into power in Uttar Pradesh on the issue of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘goonda raj’. But now she is herself wooing the mafia dons of UP some she has already won over and others are being worked upon, to help her realise her Prime Ministerial ambition.
While the deaths of boys under mysterious circumstances are being probed, the acquisition of huge tracts of land using forged papers is also being questioned
The unseemly haste with which the liquor policy in UP was changed to allow a private company to be the sole packager and distributor of country liquor – now reversed after a court order – raises questions about the chief minister's credentials.
If the media gives itself licence to take potshots at world leaders, it should open itself up to scrutiny too
The real estate players who have built fundamental strengths will always move forward
The proponents of Kashmir's Azadi from India and India's from Kashmir have lost sight of the defining aspect of the last 25 years – Pakistan's sustained political interference which enabled it to create a large, well-funded and armed militancy. What was called 'moral support' to a political movement actually meant cross-border training camps for militants, widespread distribution of arms and ammunition, the involvement of Afghan and other foreign 'mujahideen' and the infusion of a fundamentalist Islam alien to Kashmir. The ubiquitous AK-47 was not part of India's plan.