DailyO: Kerala polls: LDF has a shot, but Chandy may spring a surprise

My column on the upcoming Assembly elections in Kerala. UDF to retain, LDF to regain, and BJP to reassure themselves.

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DailyO: Parrikar has disgraced Army by asking it to build bridges for Sri Sri’s event

Here’s my column on the disappointing move of the Defence ministry to employ soldiers to construct two pontoon bridges over River Yamuna for a private event organised by the Art of Living foundation.

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Yentha.com: What I think of women on Women’s Day

Yentha.com asked me what I think of women on Women’s Day. Here‘s my answer – “I consider woman as an equal to man, but for most societies, woman is still a lesser citizen from whom they want nothing but servile obedience. We always thought it was up to the government to correct that notion. By design, governments cannot empower women; only we can. We must start by reviewing the importance we give to the women in our circles. Society has the larger responsibility to foster their abilities through strategic programs. Rather than forcefully asking women to take up leadership positions, like in elections, we must give them an equal opportunity to come up through the ranks. No great woman we know of, emerged with the help of reservation.”

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Netaji mystery: Afterlife of Subhas Chandra Bose

The probability of Netaji having an extraordinary afterlife in India, under the guise of a sanyasi, is very strong. Following the meeting with Bose family members and Mission Netaji, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has expedited the process to move the belongings of the sanyasi to the Ram Katha museum in Faizabad. Since the money for the museum is spent from the state treasury, the government will have to answer who he was, by means of an official inquiry. If it appears that he was Netaji himself, who will embrace the accountability of lying on record to the people of the world’s largest democracy over the fate of their hero?

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A very positive meeting with Akhilesh Yadav

Members of the Bose family and Mission Netaji had a wonderful 75-minute meeting with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at his residence. All eyes are now on him to put an end to the Netaji mystery. He promised us that the Gumnami baba museum would be opened very soon. We requested him to set up an inquiry into the identity of the baba. We now await his announcement. Thanks to him for the wonderful South Indian breakfast! Following are some news reports.

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Yentha.com: My interview – Rediscovering life and death of Netaji

I spoke to Yentha.com from Lucknow about the Netaji mystery and Mission Netaji’s efforts in resolving the mystery. Here is the link to the interview.

In Lucknow for Operation Kalidas!

The whole Mission Netaji team and some members of the Bose family have landed in Lucknow for Operation Kalidas! We will meet Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav today to discuss Gumnami baba. We will request him to expedite the inauguration of the museum to hold the belongings of the baba and declare an inquiry to establish his identity. People believe he was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose living incognito until 1985. Following are news reports about the event on Times of India and Mathrubhumi.

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