Patnaik's close aides say that to understand him, one has to understand his empathy
Every time I go to the toilet, there is somebody following me. I have never had that before, but it feels very secure over here and we are enjoying it.
The Union government had decided to export three million tonnes of wheat in April. The next month, in May, a new notification was issued prohibiting export of wheat. Confused? Incompetent? You decide.
Jyoti Basu was an ineffective administrator, but, unlike Narendra Modi, he never sought to build a personality cult around himself. Basu had a basic decency, a certain sense of propriety, that our current prime minister entirely lacks.
In India, the people involved in hate speech are collaborators of a particular ideology. The police is not ready to do anything because they are all collaborators. Whoever gives the speech is not prosecuted, and is emboldened to give another speech. In this process, the whole system of justice gets polluted.
I chose to have a child later in life so that I could devote more time to being a parent. Women are said to be great multi-taskers, but I can only do one thing at a time. I had lost sight when I became a mother. Now I realise that was a huge mistake, and you must maintain other identities, passions and pursuits.