Ashok Malik


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A new Aadhaar for Indian diplomacy

Finally backed by an enabling legislation, the Aadhaar project, the flagship of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has been further bolstered by news that enrolment has touched the

Instigating a controversy

Is it compulsory for every citizen of India to chant “Bharat Mata ki Jai”? Obviously it is not.

India and its nationalisms

Since “nationalism” is the word of the week, how does one write about it without repeating the banal comments that have already been made by somebody else?

Yuvraj and the theatre of cricket

Perhaps no sport has so inspired literature as cricket. No doubt football or tennis fans (or baseball fans for that matter) will reject that claim.

Jan. 26: An ongoing quest for freedom

In his book Working a Democratic Constitution: A History of the Indian Experience, the late American scholar Granville Austin describes the key and symbolic moment on January 26, 1950, when the old or

Keep the bow strung

In the past few weeks, the pace and intensity of interaction been India and Pakistan has been hectic, almost as if the Modi government is making up for lost time.

Dharma and drama

Participating in the Constitution Day deliberations in Parliament on November 26, home minister Rajnath Singh spoke about how the words “secular” and “socialist” were interpolated into the Preamble in

Planet Paris

On the evening of Friday the 13th, Paris experienced its most chilling moments since the climax of World War II.

Bond with a complex and mommy issues

Released in London recently, Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, is expected in India later this month.

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.

Whenever there is any judicial conference, the topic that invariably comes up for discussion is pendency of cases and delayed justice.

The university is one of the strangest, grandest institutions. It is a theatre of knowledge, a site for debates, a custodian of democracy and the epitome of pluralism.