Inder Malhotra

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Inder Malhotra

Security: A game of knots and crosses

On Friday N.N. Vohra, governor of Jammu and Kashmir, delivered a speech in New Delhi that was notable for its lucid analysis of the inextricably interlinked external and internal security problems and a series of sound suggestions about how to meet the grim challenges this country faces.

The omens are ominous

Sudden the transfer of Gujarat governor Kamala Beniwal may be, surprising it certainly is not. Hers is a special case even among the politicians appointed as governors by the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government whom the Modi government is determined to evict from Raj Bhavans.

The way of all flesh

However intense the hostility between them, all political parties in this country — particularly, the two mainstream ones, the Congress, now battered humiliatingly, and the Bharatiya Janata Party that has become the first to attain a clear majority in the Lok Sabha in 30 years — are alike.

Arm the Services

All through the painfully protracted and unquestionably nastiest election campaign, there was just one speech that expressed some concern for national defence and security.

Family and the party

Last week’s posturing by the Congress Party, reduced to a pitiable strength of 44 in the Lok Sabha, was almost entirely as expected. First the Congress Working Committee rejected “unanimously” and ostentatiously the resignations of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and the party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi that were surely called for because of the party’s virtual decimation under their leadership.

Rebellion before resurgence?

In the clearest electoral verdict since 1984, the Indian voter has handed Narendra Modi, rather than the Bharatiya Janata Party he now personifies, a victory far more spectacular than was generally anticipated. Consequently, the Congress Party, the core of the United Progressive Alliance that ruled the country for the past decade, has suffered not just a rout but virtual decimation.

Elections 2014: Features of note

Thank God the seemingly endless general election, India’s 16th, is over. Perfervid discussions and disputations on the numerous exit polls have taken over. Conspicuously all these give the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party, together with its existing allies in the National Democratic Alliance, sufficient majority for the “Modi sarkar” to take over.

Word for word

Even after today’s voting, there will be two more rounds of polling in the next fortnight. Something even worse might yet happen in this last lap of the rather protracted 16th parliamentary poll.

The cuckoo in the nest

As was only to be expected, Sanjaya Baru’s book, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, has been slammed by the Prime Minister’s Office and far more furiously by the Congress Party which is obviously enraged more by the timing of the book’s release than its contents.

The collective moral might and high-mindedness of the Communist parties of India miserably failed the country in the critical battle of 2014. Their numbers in Parliament dropped drastically and their presence as an ideological force is dwindling day by day.

Here is something for Dinanath Batra to chew on. While he leads the charge against cakes and candles on birthdays, all things Western, including English language education, millions of Chinese college students take the country’s many standardised English tests every year, hoping to embellish their resumes with language certificates.