In exclusive interview, the poll strategist reveals why he said 'no' to Congress
When writing for little minds [children], I choose words wisely. Their minds are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.
Virat Kohli’s career picked off amazingly because he found M.S. Dhoni. But here in Pakistan, your own people cannot stand your success. Our senior players and ex-cricketers cannot digest seeing someone succeed.
Mamata Banerjee, like Modi, likes working through loyal and often pliant bureaucrats and police officers. Like Modi, she may pay lip service to the freedom of press and the autonomy of institutions, but would be quick to suppress freedom and deny autonomy if they were to threaten her rule.
In western homes or American homes, children usually grow up wanting to lick the bowl after batter or before a cake is made. But I always wanted to lick the bowls and spoons from pickle-making because that was my jam—the spicy, salty stuff.
I have taken insults in my stride. I believe in the adage that when you hit the ground so hard, the bounce back is better. No matter what happens in my life, I know that I will overcome it. I do that with a smile.