Sandeep Sahu

Sandeep Sahu

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Sandeep Sahu is a senior Bhubaneswar based journalist with over 35 years of work behind him. He has worked for a host of top local, national and international media houses.

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Sandeep Sahu is a senior Bhubaneswar based journalist with over 35 years of work behind him. He has worked for a host of top local, national and international media houses.

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Posts by Sandeep Sahu

A Deafening Silence - Media lets parties off the hooks on Electoral Bonds
A Deafening Silence

A leading Odia daily did the utterly laughable by choosing to omit the name of the BJD in the list of recipients of the electoral bond provided in an agency copy!

Naveen Patnaik and VK Pandian
Security threat to Pandian Greater than Naveen?

Hard to believe it certainly is. But that is precisely what the Twin City Commissionerate of Police would like you to believe...

BJD: Too Late For Course Correction?
BJD: Too Late For Course Correction?

So, what led to a sudden turnaround just weeks ahead of the elections? If sources are to be trusted, multiple ground surveys commissioned by the party suggested that the projection of Mr. Pandian as the...

BJD
BJD list hints at ‘shadow boxing’ in many Lok Sabha seats  

The choice of candidates in Puri, Cuttack and Kendrapara too must have caused greater celebration in the BJP camp than among the BJD cadres in these constituencies.

PM Modi and CM Naveen
BJP ‘no-alliance’ decision has brought the ‘fun’ back into Odisha elections!!

If the power brokers had their way, this perhaps would have been the first instance in independent India when a ruling party would have gone into an election in alliance, formed weeks before the election...

Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw
‘Vaishnaw for RS’ is part of larger deal for Odisha polls

Vaishnaw had never been in parliament when he was named as the BJP candidate in 2019 despite the party lacking the numbers in the state assembly.

Pandian is now bigger than Naveen!
Pandian is now bigger than Naveen!

The Boss is now resigned, for whatever reason, to his former secretary running both the party and the state by proxy while he cools his heels inside the fortified confines of Naveen Nivas.

Pandian Will Be the 'Power Behind the Throne', not the 'King' !!
Pandian Will Be the 'Power Behind the Throne', not the 'King' !! 

There is little doubt that Pandian will call all the shots in the ruling party - and the government if the party, as widely expected, get another term in office.

Naveen Patnaik and VK Pandian
Both Naveen and Pandian Have Taken Huge Gambles

He has taken voluntary retirement from IAS with nearly a decade left of his service not to become an also-ran in the ruling party, but because he wants to be numero uno.

Naveen Patnaik and Soumya Patnaik
Odisha Govt’s Mantra: ‘Toe the Line or Face the Music’!!

The similarities between the two cases, five years apart, are stunning. Just as in the case of the raids on Sambad today, the elections were just a few months away when the organised, systematic and...

Ink Attack: VK Pandian’s Transition as Politician now complete
Ink Attack: VK Pandian’s transition as politician now complete

The police that had slapped Sec 307 (attempt to murder) charges on a bunch of Youth Congress activists who had dared to throw eggs on the Chief Minister’s cavalcade a few years ago – none...

Amit Shah with Naveen Patnaik
Amit Shah Visit Leaves State BJP Red-faced!!

Top BJP leaders from the state, who were having a discussion with the Home minister over a breakfast meeting, discreetly left the place as soon as Pandian arrived so that the two could have a...

Time for BJD, BJP to Revive ‘Formal’ Alliance!
Time for BJD, BJP to Revive ‘Formal’ Alliance!

At an informal level, they have always been in an alliance since Modi rode to power at the Centre in 2014. But it is now high time the two parties involved – the BJD and...

Naveen Patnaik
Naveen Patnaik Reign: A Mixed Bag

While his political exploits are well documented, not even the most seasoned political commentator has been able to put a finger on what exactly is behind his continuing honeymoon with the people of Odisha that...

Next polls won’t be an INDIA Vs Bharat battle
Next polls won’t be an INDIA Vs Bharat battle

Having announced the name of the alliance, the leaders of INDIA themselves appear to have realized the damage potential of this strange-sounding acronym as evident in the late-night decision to add a tagline “Jeetega Bharat”...

Manoj Das Memorial: What’s the Fuss About?
Manoj Das Memorial: What’s the Fuss About?

And pray what they were raising a din against? First, that Manoj Das was described as a ‘poet’. Was he not one? The din raisers clearly don’t know that the doyen of Odia writing started...

A Letter to a Father on ‘Father’s Day’
A Letter to a Father on ‘Father’s Day’

I remember the values you ingrained in me; the principles you lived by all your life (and often paid a heavy price for it) and the lessons you imparted in sharing the joys of life....

The Odisha Brand of ‘Democracy’!!
The Odisha Brand of ‘Democracy’!!

The most startling part of the whole thing is that everyone appears to be perfectly happy with this arrangement. Ministers fall over one other to pay obeisance to the officer. Bureaucrats way senior to him...

Heroes at IPL, Zeroes at WTC!!
Heroes at IPL, Zeroes at WTC!!

Test cricket, for them, is a needless distraction that has to be somehow endured till the marquee event. And the tragedy is: the players and the BCCI are on the same page on this.

“30 seconds of misery”
“30 seconds of misery”

Unknown to the intrepid reporter, the grieving woman and her angry relative, I too was recording the sound byte of the wailing on my mobile phone. My commissioning editor in Delhi had kept reminding me...

Sandeep Sahu is a senior Bhubaneswar based journalist with over 35 years of work behind him. He has worked for a host of top local, national and international media houses.

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