Ashok Malik


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The poshak and the toshakhana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi should not have worn that suit with monogrammed pinstripes. In terms of semiotics, it sent the wrong message and provoked a needless controversy.

Blue economy

Among the more audacious foreign policy documents agreed to by an Indian Prime Minister in recent years, the India-United States “Joint Vision Statement on Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean Region” ha

Cricket in critical care

This past week’s Supreme Court judgment striking down clause 6.2.4 of the constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as well as emphasising the BCCI’s decisions were open to jud

Soviet-Jihad connection

While calling the killings at the Paris-based magazine Charlie Hebdo “horrible and condemnable”, Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar helpfully pointed out the Islamist attack was “obvious backlash” to the

The measure of a man

How will history judge Atal Behari Vajpayee?

Tripping on TRPs

Elections are cathartic moments in the life of a democracy, a time for a new beginning, a new order and a new way of doing things.

Beyond belief

Human resources development minister Smriti Irani’s private visit to an astrologer became another of those silly media controversies over the past week.

Non-resident power

Just weeks after his speech at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s high-octane engagement with the Indian diaspora continues in Australia.

High on morality, low on maturity

Two questions have arisen following the rolling back of the ordinance designed to protect legislators convicted of crimes and save them from immediate disqualification. Since the Union Cabinet essentially bowed to pressure from Rahul Gandhi, the Congress vice-president, the first point relates to whether a government can be held to ransom by just one individual.

The “Budgetometer” and its elsewhere equivalent played the real hero — caught in between the ecstatic urge to give a 10-plus and the understandably unreasonable rush in search of a negative score, it

Listening to Suresh Prabhu presenting the Railway Budget, I wondered whether he was really promising to bring back the halcyon days of luxury on the rails. But no, he can’t and won’t.