Sanjay Jha
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English   |   Bangla

National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress party. Co-author, The Superstar Syndrome.

LIFE

 |   6-minute read

Because love is everything…

That is what Oliver taught us. With his gentleness, his energy and goodness, Oliver won over everyone he met. He added his own beauty to a world of tumult, and that beauty was sheer love.

POLITICS

 |   4-minute read

Talking of a Mahatma: Gandhi remains at the centre of fire during India's 2019 elections

Decades after his assassination, Mahatma Gandhi's memory is under attack again. This time, by a candidate aspiring to be in India's Parliament, no less. Can there be a cause for greater shame?

VOICES

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Beyond the Porsches: Why I am happy just being the 'Steve Jobs of Ghatkopar!'

What is the point of a huge bank balance or a convertible sports car or a celebrity halo, if the heart is not content?

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

Why is India’s super-rich 1% upset with giving the poorest 20% some NYAY?

Distinguished members of India Inc. are flustered by NYAY because they feel the scheme is robbing Peter to pay Paul. Given India's backdrop of crony capitalism, NPAs et al, this is richly ironic. And utterly unfeeling.

POLITICS

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Lok Sabha 2019: Why India intrinsically votes for coalitions

Majority governments have been the exception, not the norm in India. There are multiple reasons to explain why the Indian voter likes it this way.

POLITICS

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Pulwama and the Prime-Time Prime Minister

The mood after Pulwama should have been measured and sober. Instead, the BJP, led by PM Modi, has thrown mature civility to the winds and indulged in hyper-nationalistic chest-thumping. All this, while ignoring very real issues.

POLITICS

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Amol Palekar is only a symptom. The malaise of fascist thought-control is now deep within us

Veteran actor Amol Palekar's speech at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) was cut short for being critical, even if mildly, of the government. This was not the first instance of the suppression of free speech under the Modi sarkaar.

POLITICS

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Rahul Gandhi's minimum income guarantee scheme has given Congress a head-start in setting India's economic agenda

MIG is good economics. And sustainable. It is also extremely timely after the Modi administration under which farmers, youth and the poor, all have faced deep distress.

POLITICS

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Stop bullying Naseeruddin Shah for speaking the truth. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro!

The veteran actor has simply echoed the suppressed sentiments of millions of people, not just the Muslim minority community. But we live in such a time of fear and loathing that his words have only caused more offence.

ART & CULTURE

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Why Shah Rukh Khan and 'Zero' are fitting metaphors for our India

Despite being among the world’s fastest growing economies, India is making headlines for cow vigilantism and mob lynchings. Perhaps, as SRK suggests, perfection is elusive.