Ashok Malik


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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.

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

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.

Pakistan’s ludicrous charge that India’s spy agency RAW is behind the Karachi attack on the Ismaili community maybe laughed out of court here, given that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed re

Arvind Kejriwal’s transfor-mation from an anti-corruption advocate and street fighter to a shrewd hard-boiled politician is a remarkable Indian political phenomenon without parallel.