Category: Columns

Bapu and his assassin

GUEST COLUMN While Mahatma Gandhi is revered across India and the world, there are some who praise and even worship his assassin, Nathuram Godse, who shot him dead on January 30, 1948. However, the two cannot be compared. Godse is remembered only as his killer, while Mohandas Gandhi is remembered for a million things. Apart from leading India to...

‘Contempt’ set to disrupt creation of Modi’s India

USUAL SUSPECTS Fifteen days time is not even a ripple in the history of an ancient civilisation such as India. It has been just about 15 days since the emphatic verdict of the people of India was known. And it is barely over a week since the post-election celebrations culminated in the grand swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra...

Once upon a cool hill Summer time

BLANK VERSE There was a summer many, many years ago when my cousins from Delhi and I got the opportunity to stay at a heritage guest house in Mussoorie all by ourselves. My parents went to Mussoorie with us but had to come back to Doon due to some urgent work. We refused to go back to Doon so...

Candid Notes

‘Prakash’ gone The shocking demise of cabinet minister Prakash Pant has made the Himalayan state bereft of a statesman, scholar, politician and above all a human being par excellence. His smiling demeanour coupled with logic based arguments used to disarm even his strongest critics. Though Pant was in the race for the coveted post of chief minister after BJP...

Free to go

AAP Govt’s free public transport move for women could set a policy benchmark across genders and cities Is poverty the price of prosperity? Paradoxical as this may sound, the experience of both developed and emerging economies seems to reinforce this reality. This is especially true for vast metropolitan conglomerations such as Mumbai, Mexico City, Manila and increasingly Delhi. The...

Saving ecology is saving life

GUEST COLUMN Human civilisation dependent on ecology Each year the world environmental day comes as a reminder of how profoundly the human civilisation is dependent on its ecology. Although every year the unique themes fixed by UN focus on various global environmental concerns, the theme for 2019 namely ‘Air Pollution’ holds an exceptionally special relevance. The last couple of...

Congress future hinges on Modi’s performance

USUAL SUSPECTS In the aftermath of an election, the focus is naturally on the winner; the losers are left to either mourn or reflect on where they went wrong. The 2019 general election has produced one clear winner: Narendra Modi. Having won State Assembly elections, the Biju Janata Dal and the YSR Congress Party can also consider themselves winners....

The time to really deal with it…

THE OTHER SIDE The election, its results and the allocation of portfolios in the Union Cabinet have reiterated many points. While debating on the intricacies is best left to the subject experts, what a person with even average intelligence will understand is that there are groups of people and organisations which are so deeply under the influence of their...

Candid Notes

Business Asan Breaking his long strategic silence (he termed this a self imposed unbiased positioning vis a vis political parties), immediately after the formal declaration of  results of Lok Sabha polls, a famous Baba having huge business interests started singing paeans for Narendra Modi. This Baba who drew attention of the world by his seemingly pious efforts to popularise...

What talks?

While Pak may try peacenik moves with a call for  dialogue, India is right to stick to ‘no terror’ clause One of the news reports before the outcome of the Indian elections was about a dipstick among Pakistanis, where some expatriates hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi would return so that the scourge of terrorism could be finally wiped out...