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Anand Kochukudy

Anand Kochukudy

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The writer is a political journalist and lapsed academic.

By Anand Kochukudy

How we overcame: I found Muslim Santas in a flood relief camp in Kerala this Christmas

Kerala has been able to recover from the devastating monsoon flood because people helped each other out, regardless of faith and creed.

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Why Telangana Assembly polls might spring a surprise

KCR would hope that majority of the votes are cast on his account than the MLA in individual constituencies.

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MS Dhoni out of T20 squad: Yes, he is a great player. But yes, he deserved to be dropped

It’s up to Dhoni to work his way back into form, so he can rightfully claim his place in the team.

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Kerala nun rape case: Why Bishop Franco Mulakkal’s bail is 'untenable'

One can only hope the investigation doesn’t lose pace and the chargesheet is filed at the earliest for the trial to commence sooner than later

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Bishop Franco Mulakkal case shows the Kerala Church’s fall from grace

The Church and some powerful Bishops have thrown their considerable weight behind a man accused of raping a nun, forcing several politicians to toe their line.

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Why Kerala Police dragged their feet on Bishop Franco’s arrest

The policy of appeasement and vote-bank politics applies equally to all political parties. Even the Marxists.

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Hypocrisy, thy name is Marxist

The double standards, delays and duress faced by victims of alleged sexual harassment within the CPI (M) in Kerala shows the party's real face.

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Why Ravi Shastri needs to go for India to start winning overseas

The coach being a sidekick to the captain is not an ideal scenario.

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'The many facets of Rahul Gandhi' fiasco shows Congress' lack of grasp of social media

What the Congress seems to need, more than anything, at this point is to have people with political acumen working for them in the social media cell.

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No communalism please, we are Malayalis

The recent floods hitting Kerala also brought a deluge of divisiveness and communal spite. However, Kerala's people withstood both these angry tides.

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End of an era in Dravidian politics - What's next for DMK and Tamil Nadu?

It’s in the nature of politics to throw up surprises and leaders out of nowhere.

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To counter BJP's Hindutva, Rahul Gandhi and Congress can't evade the 'ideological' debate

If 2014 was more about 'Vikas' than Hindutva, 2019 is likely to be a communally charged election with worse in store.

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The BJP is blasting Shashi Tharoor over 'Hindu Pakistan' remark, but why has the Congress abandoned him?

The party should have used his remarks to attack the BJP’s ideology.

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Why the crisis in Delhi is of Arvind Kejriwal's own making

The chief minister failed in taking his bureaucracy along and instilling confidence in them after the alleged assault on chief secretary Anshu Prakash.

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How Pranab Mukherjee undermined Congress’ fight against RSS

The former president's speech was neither sharp, nor intended to rub his hosts the wrong way.

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How Kairana by-poll result could be a bellwether for 2019 Lok Sabha elections

This result might also force the BJP for a rethink on advancing the general elections.

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How the heat over EVM malfunctioning kept rising in Kairana

Opposition and others are still wondering how EVMs could malfunction because of heat at 7am when the temperature is less than 30 degrees.

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How the Chengannur by-election numbers stack up

Whether Congress can wrest back their bastion or CPI(M) manages to retain it or BJP pulls off a surprise win will be known only on May 31.

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What Opposition parties really need to do to take on the might of Modi ahead of 2019

For the Opposition to succeed, it's imperative they come up with a positive agenda rather than launch a negative campaign against the prime minister.

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The real reason behind how Congress made BJP look silly in Karnataka

For once, the Congress functioned like a well-oiled machine, operating seamlessly between Delhi and Bangalore.

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Why failing to form a government in Karnataka is a reality slap for BJP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s grandstanding will come under a severe cloud with this episode that played out in full public view

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How Karnataka drama is likely to play out on the Assembly floor

The Supreme Court has asked BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to prove majority on May 19.

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Why BJP shouldn't have been allowed to form government in Karnataka

It was already rumoured that the governor had taken a decision to this effect much before it was finally confirmed.

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Karnataka elections saw Modi take political discourse to a new low

A peek into the prime minister's campaign the last fortnight would throw up at least half-a-dozen falsehoods.

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Karnataka Assembly polls: Why exit polls raise more questions than answers

Apart from India Today-Axis MyIndia exit poll, all seem to have played it safe.

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Karnataka Assembly election: What the numbers actually tell us

What might ultimately upset BJP's apple cart in favour of the Congress is the Lingayat vote.

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Why Rahul Gandhi ready to be PM is not good enough to unite Opposition

While it’s one thing to be the Congress' PM candidate, it’s an entirely different proposition to emerge as an acceptable choice among regional satraps.

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Why vice president rejecting motion to impeach chief justice Misra is suspect

Institutional integrity is being compromised with alacrity and it would seem that a 'committed judiciary' is the next logical step.

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How Sitaram Yechury proved he's the ultimate survivor

The fact that the CPM general secretary put his job on the line to ensure the adoption of his draft reflects his maturity and resolve.

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Why Rahul Gandhi’s candlelight vigil was light at the end of a very long tunnel

The Congress and its president have been worryingly silent over several recent instances of majority assertion.

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