Ashok Malik


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Smaller, bigger, biggest

If media reports are true, the Indian government may support a bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Hanging by the harbour with VVS

My abiding cricketing memory of Sydney, where India will play Australia in the World Cup semi-final today, is not of a cricket match at all.

Pakistan is besieged

Earlier this month, I travelled to Pakistan. It was my second visit to the country, and my second in six months.

Misguided inquisition

At a conference in Mumbai in the winter of 2013, the writer and businessman Manish Sabharwal said public discourse in India was increasingly failing to differentiate between “fraud, incompetence and b

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?

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.

When William Blake published his The Tyger in 1794, he carefully replaced the usual “i” of “Tiger” with a “y” in order to suggest the extraordinariness of the apocalyptic beast.

Official visits by heads of state or government are like vital surgical operations — if you come out of the operation theatre alive and are back in your room, it is deemed a success.