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BONHOMIE: “There is no doubt that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the architect of the new policy of friendship towards the U.S.” Picture shows him with U.S. President Bill Clinton in 2000 in New Delhi. It is untrue that the position the BJP took on the nuclear deal in 2005 was L.K. Advani’s alone; it was arrived at after detailed discussions within the party at every stage »
GRIM REMINDER: “January 30, the day Nathuram Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi, is the starkest reminder in the history of humankind of how the same text can be read differently.” Picture shows Mahatma Gandhi’s funeral procession in in 1948.

Gita, Gandhi and Godse

Both Nathuram Godse and Mahatma Gandhi read the Bhagavad Gita but one became a martyr and the other a murderer »
REVIVAL: “Thought leaders led by Sandipan Deb see in these testing times a great opportunity to rationally and humanely build a ‘liberal right-of-centre discourse’.” Picture shows the writer during the interview in New Delhi. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

In the cause of right-wing liberalism

Journalist and writer Sandipan Deb and his team, who call themselves India’s new liberal right, are set to relaunch Swarajya magazine, started in Madras, in 1956 »

Economic reforms and the Hindutva project

Are economic reforms riding piggyback on the political appeal of Hindutva under the Narendra Modi government? Or is Hindutva being smuggled into a discourse in which growth and development alone ma... »
Illustration: Deepak Harichandan

Poverty and electoral priorities

There is a widespread feeling in the U.S. that a small percentage benefited during the slow recovery phase and something needs to be done to correct growing inequality »  
Sandipan Deb feels there is a lot of trapped energy among the aspirational Indians that can be tapped with a Right-of-Centre approach. File photo: Sushil Kumar Verma
January 29, 2015
Reinventing India's Right

Re-launching Swarajya, a voice for India's new Right

The need for a ‘Conservative Party’ voiced by C. Rajagopalachari — popularly known as Rajaji and one of the top five Independent era Congress leaders who later turned a bitter critic of Pandit... »
MASTERMIND OF TERROR: “The evidence against Hafiz Saeed’s involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks is far from meagre.” Picture shows the leader of Jamaat-ud-Dawa addressing his supporters in Karachi.
January 28, 2015

Ignoring the ‘other Osama’

Progress was made on several fronts during President Barack Obama’s visit to India, but one area that wasn’t highlighted as much as many had expected was terror. While the Indo-U.S. joint statement... »  
Elif Shafak.
January 28, 2015
World View

Turkey’s politics of fatigue

Before a recent interview in Istanbul, I was talking to a journalist about Turkish politics. After about 15 minutes, she looked down and lowered her voice, as though confiding a secret: “It is so t... »
NEED FOR ACCOUNTABILITY: “The BCCI has suffered an enormous loss of credibility in recent times.” Picture shows a qualifier match of the Indian Premier League in 2014. Photo: K.R. Deepak
January 27, 2015

BCCI monopoly and judicial review

The Supreme Court of India, in holding that the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India is bound by the rigours of public law, in a landmark judgment on January 22, may well have helped steer... »
January 26, 2015

The love for sons and appropriate attire

As one of the world’s most socially heterogeneous societies, building solidarity across social groups has been a singular challenge in India. Social bias in India is pervasive across a range of ke... »
January 26, 2015

Criticism over Ebola response prompts WHO to mull reforms

The World Health Organization (WHO) is debating how to reform itself after botching the response to the Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. W... »
OUSTED: While “Mahinda Rajapaksa put the economy on a high growth trajectory, he failed to move on reconciliation and accountability.” Picture shows him inspecting a war victory parade in Colombo in May 19, 2012.
January 24, 2015

Consolidating post-election gains in Sri Lanka

Now that a peaceful and democratic regime change has occurred in Sri Lanka, a story that nearly played out can be told. Hours before voting, a senior diplomat in the Indian High Commission in Colo... »
TAKING A CHANCE: “The BJP’s Bedi gamble will pay depending on the fortunes of the Congress.” Picture shows the Delhi chief ministerial candidate during a roadshow before filing her nomination for the Assembly election. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
January 23, 2015

A game changer or a gamble?

All its alleged mastery over political strategy notwithstanding, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has continuously been confused about its assessment of the situation in Delhi. The party could not... »  
January 29, 2015

Foreign women can watch sports tournament, not Iranian women

Iran will allow foreign women watch men play volleyball when it hosts an international championship this year, but Iranian women will still be banned, the state news agency said on Wednesday. ... »
DIGITAL FUTURE: “The needs of the ‘Digital India’ programme will dominate the work of the India-U.S. Working Group on Information and Communication Technologies.” Picture shows Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during the Digital India Conclave 2014 in New Delhi.
January 28, 2015

Securing a future for ‘Digital India’

With the India-U.S. Working Group on Information and Communication Technologies (WG-ICT) meeting in Washington D.C. a week ago, the Internet is finally at the front and centre of the National Democ... »
Paul Mason
January 27, 2015
World View

When the young revolt against corrupt elites

At the headquarters of Syriza, the anti-austerity Greek party, the cigarette smoke in the café swirls into shapes. If those could reflect the images in the minds of the men hunched over their black... »
VAST CHANGES: “Some of India’s environmental laws were drafted decades ago, but since then species have become extinct, forests have shrunk and coastlines and rivers have been altered.” File photo shows the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar
January 27, 2015

Concern over climate, compromise on nature

On his visit to India, U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have announced a landmark civil nuclear deal, which will give India access to generating nuclear power. This fol... »
DEEPENING TIES: “King Abdullah’s visit to India in 2006 and Manmohan Singh’s visit to Saudi Arabia in 2010 catapulted the ties from ‘correct and cordial’ to ‘substantive and strategic’ with Riyadh.” Picture shows the King in New Delhi in 2006. Photo: V.V. Krishnan
January 26, 2015

Reasons for remembering King Abdullah

“Has he looked after you well? I suspect he is a bit deficient in this matter,” the host enquired in deliberative baritone Arabic from the guest, a hint of humour being discernible. The guest assur... »  
MUCH NEEDED: “The carbon tax is an idea whose time has come given the current oil price situation.”
January 24, 2015

Carbon tax to meet climate concerns

Oil prices have plummeted since June 2014 by almost 60 per cent. This has obviously proved to be a bonanza for oil-importing countries like India just as it has seriously hurt oil-producing nation... »
SOLAR POWER: “Narendra Modi’s victory has created the opportunity for India to benefit from the renewable energy-friendly policies he pursued as Chief Minister of Gujarat.” Picture shows him during the inauguration of India’s first 1MW canal-top solar power plant at Chandrasan village, Mehsana district, Gujarat.
January 23, 2015

An ‘India exception’ for climate talks

As India and the U.S. build closer ties, they should pursue a win-win agreement on climate. It is in the U.S.’s strategic interest that India grows into a regional power, which can only be accompl... »