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Madhavan Narayanan

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Madhavan Narayanan is a senior journalist who has covered politics, diplomacy, business, technology and other subjects in a long career that has spanned organisations including Reuters, Business Standard and Hindustan Times. He is currently an independent columnist, editor and commentator. He is listed among the top 200 Indian influencers on Twitter. He tweets as @madversity.

Why India's politics is less like cricket and more like kabaddi

Front page news on Tuesday announced this year's World Cup squad for India's favourite sport, cricket. Beyond this lies India's top homegrown game, kabaddi.

Apr 17, 2019 - 03:18 PM IST

After 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the kingmakers are likely to be from the south

I am cynical/practical/experienced enough to know that pre-election opinion polls can go quite wrong for at least three reasons.

Apr 11, 2019 - 03:18 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi's mistake? Choice of Wayanad could hurt Congress in the North

Has Congress president Rahul Gandhi taken a wrong step forward (or backward) by deciding to contest for the Lok Sabha from Wayanad in Kerala?

Apr 17, 2019 - 01:04 PM IST

With Joshi-Advani's unceremonious exit, BJP misses steps in sanskari politics

It was 1991. I remember vividly that day near Kanpur's sprawling public park, Phool Bagh.

Mar 26, 2019 - 05:45 PM IST

Pre-poll defections: India's politics is looking more and more like its IT sector

I had begun the new year by discussing how

Mar 19, 2019 - 08:29 PM IST

Each seat matters, but Congress, AAP have gifted advantage to BJP in Delhi in 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Imagine a cricket match in which the fielding team gets a wicket off the very first ball - and that too a run-out because the two batsmen don't know how to run between the wickets.

Mar 15, 2019 - 06:16 PM IST

Ayodhya dispute now depends on more than just law, it needs wisdom from the judges

India is merely nine years away from the 500th anniversary of the year in which the now-demolished Babri Masjid was built by Mughal invader Babur's forces at the spot believed to be the birthplace

Mar 7, 2019 - 02:01 PM IST

Balakot airstrike is India's googly response to Imran Khan's in-swinger

Having played cricket for long, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan knows that a delivery is called out for a no-ball only when he crosses the crease at the bowler's end in a certain manner as per t

Feb 27, 2019 - 05:58 PM IST

Lonely after Pulwama: India's diplomatic challenge as Saudi Arabia and China embrace Pakistan

Does it make sense for India to get words of help from a superpower called the United States of America that no longer behaves like one?

Feb 19, 2019 - 07:19 PM IST

Narendra Modi emerges from Rafale in better shape than Rajiv Gandhi from Bofors

When people ask me if the NDA government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done anything wrong in the procurement of Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault, my typical answer is: "I don't

Feb 15, 2019 - 02:48 PM IST