Ajit Datta

Close follower of politics. Likes Indian authors, 60s music, courtroom drama, gymming and philosophy.
Beating twenty-two years of incumbency is no mean feat. Moreover, an increased vote-share of 49% in one of the most closely-fought elections in recent history, is a positive sign for any political party. The Modi-Shah duo have retained their...
The Gujarat elections have been among the shrillest in recent memory. The analysis offered across the board is that since Gujarat is the BJP’s oldest bastion and the party’s two most important leaders belong to the state, the stakes...
Less than a year into the Trump presidency, after several statements and international visits, one finally gets a sense of the Trump doctrine’s basic framework. Since Trump fought the establishment to win the presidency and had no political compulsions...
When I began watching ‘House of Cards’, I often wondered whether American politics was as cut-throat as the series made it out to be. In retrospect, when I think of how Bill Clinton watched the series and confirmed that...
Himanta Biswa Sarma is considered among the most astute politicians in the country today. His former bosses at the Congress Party must be regretting the treatment they meted out to him, and how they stifled his ambitions. Sarma is...
What Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath and Smriti Irani have in common, is that they’ve risen the ranks and proven their mettle in a domain dominated by an entitled elite that looks down with hostility upon outsiders. The rally in...
Controversial NDTV journalist Sreenivasan Jain put out a thread on Twitter earlier this week which was subject to widespread ridicule. Among the things Jain tweeted was how the media should have collectively boycotted the prime minister for following an...
Ajay Singh is often referred to as the “turnaround man”. He is known to take over fledgling organizations, change the way they think and work, and revive their fortunes. If reports are to be believed, he is now all...
(This is a work of fiction. Characters and incidents are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.) It all began when someone, perhaps from the rival camp, thought it would...
Among the politicians who often face flak from some of prime minister Modi’s supporters, is finance minister Arun Jaitley. Despite being one of the government’s key trouble-shooters and one of the most important people in the country today, Jaitley’s...
Social activist Anna Hazare, the figurehead of the erstwhile India Against Corruption movement, has written to the prime minister and stated that he will resume his agitation once again. According to the letter, he says the Modi government has...
Last week, violence broke out across north India. The head of the Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Insaan, had been convicted in an old rape case. The Dera, headquartered in Sirsa, has millions of followers hailing predominantly from...
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