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Straight Talk: By HS Balram




The urban voter has woken up! After Delhi, will it be Bengaluru?
February 14, 2015 - Click here to Read


Guess what is on every Delhiite’s mind? A decisive mandate!
January 24, 2015 - Click here to Read


To fight terror CCTVs alone won’t help; we need better street lighting, efficient intelligence network & continuous police patrolling
January 03, 2015 - Click here to Read


Overhaul archaic law and regulate cab services; but don’t ban, we need them!
December 13th, 2014 - Click here to Read


Thanks to Naidu, Bengaluru finally gets attention that it badly needs!
November 29th, 2014 - Click here to Read


Model village, ward, constituency: Let netas compete to prove their worth!
November 15th, 2014 - Click here to Read


Model village, ward, constituency: Let netas compete to prove their worth!
October 18th, 2014 - Click here to Read


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October 11th, 2014 - Click here to Read


Swachh Bharat: Yes we can, but we need to first shed our dirty habits!
September 27th, 2014 - Click here to Read


Hope & despair amidst urban chaos! Accountability is the key
September 20th, 2014 - Click here to Read


How long will urban planners continue to ignore pedestrians?
September 12th, 2014 - Click here to Read


Child safe city still a distant dream; schools & police keep passing the buck
September 06th, 2014 - Click here to Read


Congestion & pollution: Authorities fiddle as Bangalore gasps for breath
August 30th, 2014 - Click here to Read


Let’s free this city from the clutches of the corrupt and the mafias!
August 23rd, 2014 - Click here to Read


Wells of death! How many more children are we going to sacrifice?
August 16th, 2014 - Click here to Read


Why waste tax-payers’ money on a ceremonial post of mayor?
August 9th, 2014 - Click here to Read


A horrific assault and an unpardonable free-for-all!
August 2nd, 2014 - Click here to Read


Bangaloreans show people power is greater than people in power!
July 26, 2014 - Click here to Read


Disgusting! Let us not allow Bangalore to go the Delhi, Mumbai way!
July 19, 2014 - Click here to Read


Rs 2lakh to trap 20 rats! Only the corrupt seem to be active here!
July 12, 2014 - Click here to Read


It’s time the Govt cracks down on road repair mafia too!
July 05, 2014 - Click here to Read


When Japanese can do it, why not us?
June 28, 2014 - Click here to Read


Mr CM, buying time is no solution; crack the whip on garbage mafia, start setting up processing plants within the city
June 21, 2014 - Click here to Read


When Gujarat can do, why not others? Why are we power-starved perennially?
June 14, 2014 - Click here to Read


Govt fiddles as Bangalore stinks! Isn’t it time to rein in garbage lobby?
June 07, 2014 - Click here to Read


Are you serious Mr CM? Will Bangalore really get a new look in 18 months?
May 31, 2014 - Click here to Read


3 MPs, 25 MLAs, 198 corporators! Why is Bangalore still in a mess?
May 24, 2014 - Click here to Read


Aam aadmi has chosen Modi; a blow to all those who damned him!
May 17, 2014 - Click here to Read


Have we voted for the much needed CHANGE? All eyes on May 16!
May 10, 2014 - Click here to Read


Showing the mirror to erring netas, young Kartik way! Isn’t he the real hero?
May 03, 2014 - Click here to Read


Now get ready for by-elections: meaningless & colossal waste of public money!
April 26, 2014 - Click here to Read


Watch out! RWAs are gearing up to make the chosen three walk the talk
April 19, 2014 - Click here to Read


Dear Karnataka voter, it’s time again to send out a strong message; let’s vote responsibly, vote for change, vote for good governance
April 12, 2014 - Click here to Read


Before we go out to vote, let’s find out what exactly is role of an MP
April 5, 2014 - Click here to Read


Does the world view our election scenario differently than us?
March 29, 2014 - Click here to Read


If netas continue to give the cold shoulder, Bangalore will definitely get worse
March 22, 2014 - Click here to Read


A huge dilemma haunts the Karnataka voter!
March 15, 2014 - Click here to Read


Isn’t it time to think beyond bore wells & tankers?
March 08, 2014 - Click here to Read


Mr CM, it isn’t just a `petition’, but a `demand’ by the citizens
March 01, 2014 - Click here to Read


Not with standing Modi vs Rahul euphoria, Bangalore may focus on candidates this time too!
February 22, 2014 - Click here to Read


Will a distraught Bangalore do a Delhi to send out a strong message?
February 15, 2014 - Click here to Read


Mr MLA/Corporator, there’s a bitter lesson to learn from Kanpur episode; RWAs are keeping a close watch on you!
February 08, 2014 - Click here to Read


Thanks to AAP, traditional parties are now getting closer to people
February 01, 2014 - Click here to Read


How about replacing IAS officers with experts in select govt agencies?
January 25, 2014 - Click here to Read


Have Bangalore’s 28 MLAs consigned citizens’ wish list to the dustbin?
January 18, 2014 - Click here to Read


Resurrection of the tainted to fight the new formidable rival!
January 11, 2014 - Click here to Read


Wanted: A Kejriwal to take IT city Bangalore out of the mess
January 04, 2014 - Click here to Read


Isn’t it time we stop MLAs from spending public money on fun trips?
December 28, 2013 - Click here to Read


Blame it on poor governance & corruption, not shortage of funds!
December 21, 2013 - Click here to Read


When Delhiites could show such courage & imagination, why not us?
December 14, 2013 - Click here to Read


Don’t miss this chance: Unsung heroes need your recognition and respect
December 07, 2013 - Click here to Read


Will AAP click in Delhi? Not just India, but the world is watching!
November 30, 2013 - Click here to Read


Bangalore: From Garden city to Garbage city to Crime city!
November 23, 2013 - Click here to Read


Tariq pe tariq, tariq pe tariq……..! IT capital's residents are fed up
November 16, 2013 - Click here to Read


Don't our netas remind us of Nero who fiddled when Rome burnt?
November 02, 2013 - Click here to Read


Power to the people! Let us decide who our PM or CM should be
October 26, 2013 - Click here to Read


Govt needs to be realistic; it can’t afford to fool the urban voter
October 19, 2013 - Click here to Read


Why are our netas wary of citizen participation in city governance?
October 12, 2013 - Click here to Read


For once, non-sense made sense; we don’t mind more of it!
October 05, 2013 - Click here to Read


A city crying for help & an administration running around in circles
September 28, 2013 - Click here to Read


All eyes on Delhi polls: Will AAP give a jolt to the Big 2 ?
September 21, 2013 - Click here to Read


Siddu clears Hurdle 1 & 2 with ease; is he aiming for a hat-trick?
September 07, 2013 - Click here to Read


JD(S) at crossroads; Gowda family’s brand of politics has no takers
August 31, 2013 - Click here to Read


Meaningless by-elections! Why this colossal waste of public money?
August 24, 2013 - Click here to Read


Lust for power: These worthies won’t hesitate to befriend the Devil
August 17, 2013 - Click here to Read


JD(S) in big dilemma: Who is Enemy No 1: Congress or BJP?
August 10, 2013 - Click here to Read


ASK! Don't miss this chance to air your grievances in Parliament
August 3, 2013 - Click here to Read


Clogged drains & potholed roads: City governance badly needs an overhaul
July 27, 2013 -Click here to Read


MLAs & bureaucrats must wake up to reality; citizens are watching
July 20, 2013 -Click here to Read


THEN & NOW: Nothing has changed; Bangalore is still crying for attention
July 13, 2013 -Click here to Read


Will the Karnataka voter think differently during Lok Sabha polls?
June 29, 2013 -Click here to Read


Mr CM, please do not allow vested interests to run Bangalore
June 22, 2013 -Click here to Read


Voters’ dilemma: BJP with NaMo as PM, or Cong with Rahul as PM?
June 15, 2013 -Click here to Read


When citizens of a city place their wish list before their MLAs
June 08, 2013 -Click here to Read


We never take manifestos seriously; will the govt prove us wrong this time?
June 01, 2013 -Click here to Read


Mr CM, will you please look into ABIDe report for solution to water crisis?
May 25, 2013 -Click here to Read


Siddaramaiah can’t afford to ignore the goose that lays golden eggs
May 18, 2013 -Click here to Read


People Power: Six strong messages through decisive verdict
May 11, 2013 -Click here to Read


All eyes on Bangalore! Will it walk the talk?
May 4, 2013 -Click here to Read


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May 4, 2013 -Click here to Read


How did they amass so much wealth? Pause & think before you vote!
April 27, 2013 -Click here to Read


Before you vote, grill the candidates in your area with these questions
April 20, 2013 -Click here to Read


NBF chips in to help us vote, and vote responsibly, for a better Bangalore
April 13, 2013 -Click here to Read


To change or not to change! 3 sharp questions in the voter’s mind
April 06, 2013 -Click here to Read


Cribbing won't do: voters must take active part in poll process
March 30, 2013 -Click here to Read


Regional parties becoming highly ambitious; distancing from Big 2
March 23, 2013 -Click here to Read


The message is loud and clear: We are fed up, we need a change
March 16, 2013 -Click here to Read


It’s high time elected representatives are made accountable
March 9, 2013 -Click here to Read


Is the nation ready to try out an untested alternative?
March 2, 2013 -Click here to Read


Can we hope for political stability and good governance after polls?
February 15, 2013 -Click here to Read


Young differ from old in terms of issues of importance
February 09, 2013 -Click here to Read


Elections only way out; people are fed up
February 02, 2013 -Click here to Read


Rajnath Singh’s first acid test will be in Karnataka
January 26, 2013 -Click here to Read


Citizen participation is the key to good governance
January 19, 2013 -Click here to Read


If only all govt and private organizations can do this!
January 12, 2013 -Click here to Read


Krishna leela in a hazy political scenario
January 05, 2013 -Click here to Read


Govt’s biggest blunder: underestimating youth power
December 29, 2012 -Click here to Read


Will Karnataka go the Himachal way? BJP worried
December 22, 2012 -Click here to Read


Narendra Modi & Yeddyurappa hold the key to BJP’s future course
December 15, 2012 -Click here to Read


BJP after Yeddyurappa & Yeddyurappa after BJP: Who will survive?
December 8, 2012 -Click here to Read


AAP has raised the hopes of aam aadmi; Big 2 are worried
December 1, 2012 -Click here to Read


Two shockers that stunned the nation
November 24, 2012 -Click here to Read


Gadkari & Yeddyurappa have blunted BJP’s offensive
November 17, 2012 -Click here to Read


There is a lesson for us to learn from US elections
November 10, 2012 -Click here to Read


World aghast at the way Bangalore is deteriorating
November 3, 2012 -Click here to Read


Who will make the first move: Yeddyurappa or BJP?
October 20, 2012 -Click here to Read


Political class must keep off and let farmers & experts resolve water dispute
October 13, 2012 - Click here to Read


Kejriwal & team must know mobilizing the educated voter is a big task
October 06, 2012 - Click here to Read


Regional satraps gearing up to give Big 2 the jitters
September 29, 2012 - Click here to Read


BJP’s biggest mistake: Succumbing to Yeddyurappa’s dictats time and again
September 22, 2012 - Click here to Read


Garbage cities of India: Aren’t we all to blame?
September 15, 2012 - Click here to Read


Enough is enough! We must fix these splurging legislators
September 08, 2012 - Click here to Read


Both Congress and BJP are shooting themselves in the foot
September 01, 2012 - Click here to Read


5+3+2+2 national schooling model: Karnataka falls in line, finally
August 25, 2012 - Click here to Read


Govt must walk the talk, crack down on rumour-mongers & hooligans
August 18, 2012 - Click here to Read


One tainted leader, one shaky party and two unavoidable risks!
August 11, 2012 - Click here to Read


Doesn’t this remind us of Nero who fiddled when Rome burnt?
August 4, 2012 - Click here to Read


Mr. CM, the people are indeed getting restless; appoint the Lokayukta fast
July 28, 2012 - Click here to Read


Shaky political parties and confused voters
July 21, 2012 - Click here to Read


Blackmail vs blackmail: Governance takes the back seat
July 14, 2012 - Click here to Read


BSY gets stronger, BJP gets weaker!
July 7, 2012 - Click here to Read


How many more Mahis are we going to sacrifice? Is anyone at the helm listening?
June 30, 2012 - Click here to Read


Next election, we the people may get a chance to choose the PM! –
June 23, 2012 - Click here to Read


Why do candidates fielded by civil society often fail at the hustings? –
June 16, 2012 - Click here to Read


Lust for CM’s gaddi will prove costly for Congressmen in Karnataka –
June 9, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Will anyone at the helm please listen to Sanjana’s parents’ cry for justice?” –
June 2, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Bite the bullet Mr CM; Bangaloreans will like it” –
May 26, 2012 - Click here to Read


“BSY vs BJP? Who will win? Or, will both lose?” –
May 19, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Sakaala is good, but strict implementation is the key” –
May 12, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Aren’t Congress and BJP two sides of the same coin?” –
May 05, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Games that netas play for control over Bangalore” –
April 28, 2012 - Click here to Read


“For the sake of students, we must put an end to this annual tamasha” –
April 21, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Mr Corporator, you have every right to watch cricket, but pay for your ticket!” –
April 14, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Call it judicial overreach or anxiety, but isn’t the govt to blame?” –
April 7, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Isn’t it time Bangalore has a long-term Mayor, who is responsible and accountable?” –
March 31, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Has Udupi heralded the beginning of the end of the BJP in Karnataka?” –
March 24, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Will Udupi break the jinx for the down-and-out Congress?” –
March 17, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Four strong messages from the voter to the political class ” –
March 10, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Political stability remains a distant dream; governance suffers” –
March 03, 2012 - Click here to Read


“It’s time for Bannerghatta National Park to get world class infrastructure” –
February 25, 2012 - Click here to Read


“BJP mess: Porngate blew away even the fig leaf” –
February 18, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Govts will have to bend before the power of the people and PILs ” –
February 11, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Isn’t Bangalore a good example of bad water management?” –
February 04, 2012 - Click here to Read


“We must raise our voice against delay in appointment of a Lokayukta” –
January 28, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Why should aam aadmi suffer this every now and then?” –
January 21, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Don’t we suddenly find ourselves at the crossroads?” –
January 14, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Where are the MLAs of Bangalore? What are they doing for the city?” –
January 07, 2012 - Click here to Read


“Mr. CM, will you please make these New Year resolutions?” –
December 31, 2011 - Click here to Read


“2011 will go into history as the year when India’s civil society rose against corruption” –
December 24, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Did you know that malaria scare forced the death of many lakes in Bangalore?” –
December 17, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Isn’t the ' Sriramulu phenomenon' most baffling?” –
December 10, 2011 - Click here to Read


“India’s City No 1 is crying for good governance. Are those at the helm listening?” –
December 03, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Three fights in Bellary: BJP vs. BJP, Yeddyurppa vs. BJP, Congress vs. BJP!” –
November 26, 2011 - Click here to Read


“We must stop netas from smothering the institution of Lokayukta” –
November 20, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Is Yeddyurappa turning out to be a millstone around BJP’s neck?” –
November 12, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Can the political class afford to ignore these remarks?” –
November 05, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Mr. Advani, will you please answer these questions?” –
October 29, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Will the BJP survive the Yeddyurappa episode?” –
October 22, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Power crisis in a state that boasts of being the first to get electricity” –
October 15, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Metro Rail by Diwali? Keep your fingers crossed” –
October 8, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Congress remains content with alibis as BJP spreads its wings” –
October 1, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Give the devil its due! Doesn’t a pro-active media deserve some appreciation?” –
September 24, 2011 - Click here to Read


“The Sword of Damocles hangs over Parameshwara & Siddaramiah” –
September 17, 2011 - Click here to Read


“But for the master stroke, a big game plan would have unfolded” –
September 10, 2011 - Click here to Read


“When an old popular joke did brisk rounds, thanks to Anna” –
September 03, 2011 - Click here to Read


“The writing on the wall is loud and clear. Why is the political class ignoring it?” –
August 27, 2011 - Click here to Read


“It will be a long-drawn battle; let us not lose momentum” –
August 20, 2011 - Click here to Read


“Good news: Big fish finally landing in the net!” –
August 13, 2011 - Click here to Read


"Mr. CM, you must come out of the shadow and be your own boss!" –
August 05, 2011 - Click here to Read


"Now who should we vote for?" –July 30, 2011 - Click here to Read

 

 

 

 

 

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