Ashok Malik

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Ashok Malik can be contacted at malikashok@gmail.com

Courting chaos

In recent weeks, the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, better known by its Hindi abbreviation of Vyapam, has become a subject of notoriety.

Indo-Pak in 200 words

To characterise the Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif meeting and joint statement in Ufa, Russia, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, as a “breakthrough” would be a gross exagge

Why India hates Bobby McJindal

In the late summer of 2001, I spent four months in the United States on a fellowship.

Don’t hyphenate Israel

Ever since foreign minister Sushma Swaraj announced at a press conference that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Israel in the near future, there has been much speculation about the event.

The Bofors saga

On May 31, President Pranab Mukherjee begins a three-day visit to Sweden. This is important for several reasons.

The Kejriwal mantra: Can’t govern, will fight

In many senses, the seriousness of a new government and of a Prime Minister or chief minister recently elected to office can be measured by the manner in which he or she copes with the civil service.

Rahul, Modi and Gorbachev

Speaking on “Net neutrality” in the Lok Sabha on April 22, Rahul Gandhi, vice-president of the Congress, prefaced his intervention with a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Candidate

The long countdown to the United States presidential election has begun.

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.

Lately, I have been feeling that I am part of a dwindling minority that has the ability to differentiate between colours since most people in my city, Mumbai, seem rather deficient in this regard.

Nineteen-year-old Naina was made to take the place of her mother who had died of tuberculosis in 2004.