Shekhar Iyer

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Shekhar Iyer is a former Senior Associate Editor of Hindustan Times and Political Editor of Deccan Herald, New Delhi.

Stories By Shekhar Iyer

Did Bihar set a poll precedent or
did it make us foolishly smug, asks Shekhar Iyer

Did Bihar set a poll precedent or did it make us foolishly smug, asks Shekhar Iyer

The EC came out with guidelines for conducting the polls during the pandemic after it studied the practices followed in South Korea and S...Read More

2 states, 2 assembly polls but Stalin & Mamata have a common foe in PM Modi, says Shekhar Iyer

2 states, 2 assembly polls but Stalin & Mamata have a common foe in PM Modi, says Shekhar Iyer

Both have focused their attack on PM Narendra Modi and the BJP, naming him as the source of all their woes and the harbinger of troubles ...Read More

Why the MVA must take pains to restore its image, writes Shekhar Iyer

Why the MVA must take pains to restore its image, writes Shekhar Iyer

For the public at large, the issue is not just about systemic reforms in the police establishment. The allegations by former Mumbai Polic...Read More

Poll season innings have opened with dynastic woes and alliance blues, writes Shekhar Iyer

Poll season innings have opened with dynastic woes and alliance blues, writes Shekhar Iyer

Interestingly, some parties are forced to go through the motions of ‘impartiality’ and ‘strict scrutiny’ in choosing candidates—despite d...Read More

After being outed in Puducherry, Congress loses toehold beyond the Vindhyas, writes Shekhar Iyer

After being outed in Puducherry, Congress loses toehold beyond the Vindhyas, writes Shekhar Iyer

When a legislative assembly has the size of the House of Puducherry, instability is inherent, unless incumbent chief ministers are politi...Read More

Shekhar Iyer chronicles the tale of two aunts and their nephews -- Mamata & Abhishek, Sasikala & Dhinakaran

Shekhar Iyer chronicles the tale of two aunts and their nephews -- Mamata & Abhishek, Sasikala & Dhinakaran

Mamata Banerjee and V K Sasikala may not have anything in common except that they have enjoyed immense influence in contemporary politics...Read More

It's time protesting farmers showed some sagacity and returned to the negotiating table, says Shekhar Iyer

It's time protesting farmers showed some sagacity and returned to the negotiating table, says Shekhar Iyer

If they are serious about a workable solution…, they must forthwith engage with the Supreme Court-appointed committee of agriculture expe...Read More

As India prepares for the world's biggest vaccine rollout on January 16, Shekhar Iyer examines the modalities

As India prepares for the world's biggest vaccine rollout on January 16, Shekhar Iyer examines the modalities

The vaccination drive intends to use the principles of people’s participation ('Jan Bhagidari'), the experience of elections (booth strat...Read More

Amit Shah vs Prashant Kishor: Will it 
be the war of Chanakyas in Bengal, 
asks Shekhar Iyer

Amit Shah vs Prashant Kishor: Will it be the war of Chanakyas in Bengal, asks Shekhar Iyer

As the year draws to a close and the new one opens, with assembly poll battles in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, ...Read More

Proposed Central Vista Project

Do we really need a new Parliament building or is it a waste of public money? Shekhar Iyer examines.

The Central Vista project has raised questions about its need and the spending of huge sums of public money. Former Finance Minister P Ch...Read More

Why 'Thalaiva' is the cynosure 
of young eyes in Tamil Nadu

Why 'Thalaiva' is the cynosure of young eyes in Tamil Nadu

With youths accounting for more than 50 per cent of Tamil Nadu voters, it is Rajinikanth’s every word and move that has caught attention ...Read More

Choice season, from 
Bhagalpur to Baltimore

Choice season, from Bhagalpur to Baltimore

Beyond Bihar and MP, it is the Trump versus Biden battle, billed as the battle for the future of America and the world, that is holding a...Read More

Koshyari-Thackeray dustoff
may reset Guv-Oppn CM ties

Koshyari-Thackeray dustoff may reset Guv-Oppn CM ties

This is the first time disapproval for a governor’s utterances has come publicly from Union Home Minister Amit Shah, when several NDA app...Read More

Who will undermine whom in Bihar?

Who will undermine whom in Bihar?

The LJP was founded by Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who has handed the baton to his ambitious son, Chirag Paswan. Some cite Chirag’s ...Read More

PM in rush to double farmers' income, won’t buckle under Oppn shenanigans

PM in rush to double farmers' income, won’t buckle under Oppn shenanigans

Basically, marginal and small farmers will have an alternative platform to scout for better prices (more than the assured MSP) for their ...Read More

Elections in the time of corona: Perhaps, Bihar can show the way

Elections in the time of corona: Perhaps, Bihar can show the way

A few days ago, the EC had issued guidelines for conducting polls during the pandemic. It had analysed the practice followed in South Kor...Read More

Deciphering yet another crisis in Congress

Deciphering yet another crisis in Congress

The dissenting leaders were underlining the fact that Sonia, as interim chief, has had neither the energy nor interest to look into takin...Read More

Thinking class agonises over secularism in Ram’s abode

Thinking class agonises over secularism in Ram’s abode

The thinking class wanted everyone to accept the Supreme Court’s verdict. Once the apex Court settled the Ayodhya dispute, they could not...Read More

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with senior Congress leaders and MLAs arrive to address media outside Raj Bhawan

Should Ashok Gehlot learn conflict resolution from Uddhav Thackeray?

Uddhav has somehow managed to show that, without compromising the position of CM which he holds, he can get his alliance partners to agre...Read More

Nearly headless Congress savaged by Rajasthan tussle

Nearly headless Congress savaged by Rajasthan tussle

The crisis being played out in Rajasthan shows the inability of the central leadership in Congress to act at the right time to prevent a ...Read More

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