On several crucial implications of the voters’ verdict in the Assembly elections in the four north Indian states there is striking unanimity among the commentariat.
Women voters and their voting decisions are no more imponderables. As voters, patiently at the queues outside the polling booths, their numbers are growing steadily.
What are the wider implications of the election results declared on Sunday? For a start, are there wider implications at all, given that these were state elections, in the normal course fought on local, provincial issues, and unrelated to something as abstract as the national mood?
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who passed away on Thursday, did not need the trappings of high office to command respect. Long before he became South Africa’s first non-white President, elected through universal franchise in 1994, the man who had spent 27 years in prison had become a mythic figure, as J.M. Coetzee wrote in his essay, Waiting for Mandela (1986).
Till two years ago, former BJP president Nitin Gadkari was obsessed with the hit song Teri meri meri teri prem kahani hai mushkil...
The Godfather star Robert De Niro has been in many many Hollywood thrillers in his illustrious career but I doubt if he ever dreamt that he would be relegated to playing a background junior artiste almost in out-focus in the latest thriller starring Tarun Tejpal.
Believe me, I must have lost a chunk of the best years of my life — biding my time in the quest of star interviews. These were conducted in ornate drawing rooms, imposing hotel suites, stinky make-up rooms, igloo-cold vanity vans, under banyan trees, and railway compartments. Time crawled in bullock cart motion.
My sister got married in 1994. She is a housewife and is dependent on her husband financially. Some of our relatives and my brother-in-law’s neighbours have seen him with one particular guy, in a very intimate positions. But no one has questioned him because my sister has instructed us not to mention it, as Anant, her husband, is very short-tempered.
The six- day visit of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko has elicited a warm but hardly effusive welcome in India. Media and the public are distracted by crucial state elections and two cases of high-profile sexual harassment and one of possibly illegal, but certainly intrusive, surveillance by the Gujarat government.
The six- day visit of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko has elicited a warm but hardly effusive welcome in India.
The morning after Delhi voted, we do not know the results, but we do know that this was an election with a difference — there was a lot more active participation by citizens’ groups.
Secularism is a European concept. It stands for separation of the church from the state. It flowered among people who believed in the same religion, albeit from different sects.
On her recent visit to India, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi detailed how PepsiCo had created two lakh jobs and announced doubling investment in India.
Tarun Tejpal, former editor-in-chief of Tehelka, occupied media space for a week that had to be eventually filled with the post-mortem of the Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj double murder case for a short while
A free media is a vital part of a free society.” So began a speech delivered in June 2007 by Tony Blair, the then Prime Minister of Britain, who went on to famously add: “The fear of missing out means
The horrific and sad culmination of the story of Aarushi Talwar’s family has shook every Indian to the core. It is time we try to find the reality of the proverbial love between parents and children.
“You’re a Tejpal apologist” “I am not” “You are a Tejpal apologist” “I am not” “YOU ARE A TEJPAL APOLOGIST.’’ “I AM NOT”
From Nigella to Higella! What a roller coaster ride it has been for UK’s best-loved chef. Could this latest barb even possibly hit home?
How does one understand the electoral project of promoting Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party? If “Project Modi” presents a candidate who is a champion of development and efficiency, it also portrays him as a corporate-friendly flag-bearer of aggressive Hindu nationalism. His image is contrasted to the ruling Congress Party’s, which is seen as effete, corrupt and dynastic.
In the Aarushi double murder case, aside from the factual matrix, the singularly important legal issue that has invited debate is whether a conviction can be based on circumstantial evidence alone in
Indian English writing doesn’t attract me because it is either mediocre or boring. Of course there are a few exceptions like G.V. Desani and Irwin Allan Sealy.
Over three years ago, a well-known name in Indian publishing left his prestigious job in Canada and returned home.
From what we have seen so far, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh appears to have erred in guiding Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s rise to the position of Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for Pr
Why did Narendra Modi choose Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as his icon, leaving aside his own party icons, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Atal Behari Vajpajee or the icons of base organisation Rastriya Swayamseva
In 1987, after the Indo-Sri Lankan accord, the Indian Peace-Keeping Force (IPKF), comprising units of the Army, Navy and Air Force, was deployed in Sri Lanka to prevent a civil war between the Liberat
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was held in Colombo on November 15, where 27 out of 53 heads of government converged, but with three significant absentees — the leaders of India, Mauritius (which was to be the next chair) and Canada.
The fracas about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s legacy and political beliefs has now become the standard fodder of the campaign leading to next year’s general election.
With 2013 be-ing the 150th bir-th anniversary year of Swami Vivekananda, one naturally recalls his famous welcome address at the World Parliament of Religions on September 11, 1893.
The chaos in court over the Niira Radia tapes only reveals elements of the big issues embedded within.
When Super Typhoon Haiyan struck central Philippines and killed thousands of people, the entire international community responded with magnanimous aid towards relief and rescue efforts.
The coming Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Chhattisgarh will set the tone for the 2014 general elections.
“Why do hearts break And minds bend? Why isn’t there a stick With only one end? Why does day break The sun set And the moon wax and wane? —For heaven’s sake What was the debt
Ranjit Sinha ki toh hadd ho gayee! The CBI chief (no less!), has left India speechless with his crude, crass and callous comment earlier this week.
There are some extraordinary implications of the two resolutions passed unanimously by the Tamil Nadu Assembly on India’s participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being held in Co
The Prime Minister’s decision not to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo has occasioned plenty of critical commentary.
There have been two contradictory responses to the launch of the Indian probe to Mars last week.
The Palestinian issue has returned to the front burner for two reasons.
By appearing to remove a potential obstacle to Indian migration to Britain, British Prime Minister David Cameron ensured he will be received with welcoming smiles on Thursday when he pays his third vi
Currently, Bollywood’s roar of crores toted in ticket sales is inescapable. Creativity is at its lowest depths, profiteering is at its peak.
Ponnuthurai Sivapalan must have had some idea that taking on the role of mayor of Jaffna at Colombo’s behest in 1998, after his predecessor was blown up in a bomb attack, would place him, front and ce
Though the social sector and the country in general welcomed, and celebrated, the Supreme Court’s judgment directing the Centre and states to implement within three months three per cent reservation f
General of the People’s Army of Vietnam, Vo Ngyuen Giap, passed away on October 12. He was 102.
Expect misogynist men to feel aggrieved by laws especially enacted for the protection of women against sexual violence.
In 1956, the state of Andhra Pradesh was forged out of two culturally and historically disparate regions under the premise of creating a single state for the Telugu-speaking people.
We were invited by Karuna Society for Animals and Nature in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, to witness a “rumenotomy”, a word that got embedded into my consciousness and I kept regurgitating it, like the
A Japanese couple once asked Jackson Pollock just how did he know that a painting was done.
The origin and history of Pakistan are of relentless hostility towards India. I can say from my personal experience that this began in the Army on June 3, 1947, a few weeks before Partition on August 15, 1947.
Something is fundamentally wrong with an international order in which forlorn refugees and immigrants seeking safety and dignity keep sinking in boat accidents.
I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.
A charitable interpretation of the acceptance by our leaders of Partition and the bloodbath that it entailed would be that they expected it to have, once and for all, settled communal conflict in Inde
New York Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may not be king again but he certainly can launch a guerrilla action or two.
Now that the dust has settled, and issues heatedly debated, it’s time for reflection and ask the question: in the end, what did it prove? That there was a clash of cultures? That when two determined men collide with diametrically opposing points of view, there can be no common meeting ground?
Ok folks so, out here in the United States, I have to admit that the big news is not that Miss America 2014 is of Indian descent. Had the twitter trolls not been at work, few would have really noticed. So, can one say that there is nothing as helpful as a little controversy?
“Oh Bachchoo Bachchoo Slave to your desires — So many frying pans So many fires….” From The Regretnama of Bachchoo
Over a quarter of a century has elapsed since Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayawardene and Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi inked the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord in a strife-torn Colombo on July 29, 1987.
An eye for an eye, a death for a death, and the nation’s soul rests in peace. Or so it seemed as we watched the applause that broke out inside and outside the fast-track court, when judge Yogesh Khanna pronounced the foregone verdict, “Death for all”.
Senior members of the Congress Party jumped at the opportunity this weekend to lecture the Bharatiya Janata Party on dealing with dissent. Out of curiosity, I scrambled through the archived sources and sepia scrapbooks to list instances of exemplary handling of dissent within the Congress Party.
As events in Syria are overshadowed by “breaking news” elsewhere, what lessons can and should India learn from Syria? Clock and calendar alike are moving on, re-emphasising the iron fundamentals of international geopolitics — when the chips are down, you’re on your own.
Living traditions that are neither precariously poised on the verge of extinction nor languishing, and not thriving either, are notoriously difficult to fit into the mould of policy and prescriptions. Especially so when every weaver worth his name declares himself to be an “artist” rather than a humble artisan.
What has happened in Muzaffarnagar is a matter of very deep concern. Hardly a hundred kilometres from the capital of the nation, we have seen the tragedy of large-scale communal riots, leaving (by official account) over 40 people dead, many more wounded, and even more compelled to become refugees seeking shelter for fear of their lives.
When I was a child, I was obsessed with Amar Chitra Katha books, especially the ones about saints and sadhus. I grew up imagining that I was also going to turn into one. I would stare into the mirror and consider deep philosophical questions such as “Who is this I? What does it mean to be human? Why do I have to study Maths?”.
Us President Barack Obama, who had received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, moved with some dispatch to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite the continued American military involvement in Afghanistan it is apparent that come 2014, the very substantial presence will dramatically shrink.
One of the most frustrating stories that one went chasing after in edgy, pre-war Baghdad was the hunt for Saddam Hussein’s elusive stockpile of chemical and biological weapons through February-March of 2003.
Gazing into India, on my occasional visits, standing on the Pakistani side of Wagah border, the only land crossing permitted along the border between India and Pakistan, I have inevitably, with moist eyes, remembered my late father.
John Garver, a leading American expert on Sino-Indian relations, has likened Beijing’s strategy towards India to the Chinese way of cooking a frog. Plonk the frog in a vessel and turn up the heat slowly. If the water was hot to begin with or the temperature were to rise much too quickly, the frog would simply jump out and escape.
Nations on the march, or those in the dumps, have sometimes found great leaders to lift their spirits, offer a guiding vision, fuel ambition and help them leap forward. A down and out China found Deng Xiaoping, a fast-declining Britain got Margaret Thatcher, and a de-spirited America had Ronald Reagan.