Ashok Malik


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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.

The debris of World War I

As historical commemorations go, 2014 has been devoted to World War I, the 100th anniversary of the start of which was marked this year. It has led to a series of events across.

Has cricket peaked?

Economists and pessimists some would say the words are interchangeable have long debated the concept of “peak oil”.

American takeaway

Was Prime Mini-ster Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington, DC, only about optics and symbolism or were his conversations with President Barack Obama meaningful? This is an important question and needs to be considered carefully.

Xi, Modi and the Chumar hijack

President Xi Jinping’s visit has ended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy honeymoon. The Chinese incursion in Chumar, in the Ladakh region, is serious. It has not ended and may not be ending in a hurry. It is qualitatively very different from the Chinese Army incursion in the Depsang area, also in Ladakh, in May 2013, just before Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s visit.

Zia’s Army and two ‘useful idiots’

Usually attributed to Lenin, the term “useful idiot” refers to an individual or political activist who has been used to provide propaganda ammunition for a cause he does not entirely understand. Given the street tumult in Islamabad, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that Imran Khan, Pakistan’s most iconic cricket captain, has now become its most iconic useful idiot.

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.

This may be Narendra Modi’s government, but India may be on its way to becoming Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s republic. The signs point that way.

The past is another country, said L.P. Hartley and how true that sounds when one looks over the newspapers of just a year ago.