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 Fall 2014


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Congress - The Way

 Dr Shashi Tharoor

 Manish Tewari

 Rashid Rana
 A New Vision

 Vandana Shiva
 Combating GMOs

 Lifestyle Feature
 '3 Cities, 3 Chefs'

 Chef Manish

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 Richard Rahul Verma

 Kailash Satyarthi 

 Malala Yousafzai

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 UN Asia-Pacific
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 Rising Tide of Thyroid   Conditions &  Diabetes

  Book Reviews
 Children of the

 Q & A - Feroze Dada

  Alim-ud-Din: A Straight

 In Memoriam
 Khushwant Singh

  BKS Iyengar

  Suchitra Sen











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Manish Tewari
The Fall & Way Forward for Congress
in conversation with Roopa Bakshi

Manish Tewari

Outspoken and upfront, a lawyer-politician, Mr Manish Tewari is a practicing Lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and a senior leader, and a very recognisable face, of the Congress party. He was elected to Parliament in 2009 from the Ludhiana constituency in Punjab, and served as Minister for Information & Broadcasting in the UPA government. An illness prevented him from contesting a second term in 2014.   

Known for expressing his well-articulated, honest, and deft opinions in spoken and written word, Mr Tewari can be relentless in his questions. A prolific writer, his columns and articles demonstrate defiance and reason and also his political and historical scholarship.

Born in Chandigarh in 1965, Tewari earned his BA and LLB degrees from Punjab and Delhi University respectively.  A keen sportsperson, he is also an avid reader of History, Literature, Military History, and International Affairs.


What did the 2014 elections represent? Did you anticipate the election results of the Congress party?

The 2014 elections were the Rockefeller moment of Indian politics. They represent the second power shift that has taken place, the first being the economic power shift in 1991. The economic czars of India are now grabbing the levers of political power by not only putting their time, energy and money on a party but one person, and unfortunately succeeding. Therefore, to a very, very large extent what happened in 2014 was essentially not only a political or a democratic exercise in that sense of the word. If one was to look deeper, it represents something which is extremely ominous and is going to haunt the Indian polity in the years to come. Coming to your specific question as to whether we anticipated these results No. But the fact is this election was actually lost not in the May of 2014 it was lost in the November of 2010 when the government failed to articulate a cogent response to the very audacious numbers thrown by the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) in public space.


What was the main reason for the Congress debacle?



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