Inder Malhotra


Inder Malhotra

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For reasons too obvious to need spelling out, world attention is currently focused on Gaza and the intolerably disproportionate use of force by Israel in return for rockets fired on Israeli towns by Hamas, an obnoxious militant organisation also deserving condemnation.

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.

With the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan being iced due to the meeting between Kashmiri separatists and the Pakistani high commissioner, it may be worth recalling an episode from contemporaneous history.

As the old saying goes, “Can you say ‘boo’ to a goose?” Well, in India, we don’t waste our precious time booing geese. We reserve our boos for chief ministers. Each time the Prime Minister steps out to attend important functions in states that are still hanging on to their own non-BJP leaders (with time bombs ticking away), the crowds make sure nobody but Narendra Modi is heard.