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December 17, 2010
Why did it take 2 years to unearth all this?
'Is there any truth to the rumour that the Income Tax authorities have traced a money trail to a senior politician down in South India?

December 01, 2010
In season of scams, how will govt stem the rot?
'Nobody denies the culpability of many bureaucrats and businessmen in the shrinking of our moral universe but at the end of the day it is the politicians who set the standard.'

November 24, 2010
India needs more of her PM than just integrity
At some point Andimuthu Raja is going to fire off a pertinent -- and embarrassing -- question at Dr Manmohan Singh: 'Precisely when, Mr Prime Minister, did you specifically forbid me to stop whatever system I was using to distribute 2G spectrum?'

November 02, 2010
Why A K Antony must clear the Adarsh scam mess
The Adarsh scam is potentially the more dangerous than the Commonwealth Games mess since it points to corruption in the armed forces. As a man whose personal integrity is beyond reproach, the defence minister must step in and stem the rot.

October 22, 2010
Why Nitish, Modi have an eye on 2014 elections
The shadow boxing by the Bihar and Gujarat chief ministers over the Bihar polls may be a precursor to a battle for the gaddi in Delhi.

October 19, 2010
CWG worst assault on Delhi since 1857!
'A bill for thousands of crores that taxpayers shall be paying off for decades to come... But a successful circus and Facebook will see thousands of messages proclaiming their pride in being Indian.... To paraphrase Lalit Bhanot's immortal comment on hygiene, perhaps Indians have different standards of measuring concepts such as 'success' and 'responsibility'.

July 22, 2010
India's disappointing young leaders
'Ashok Chavan and Omar Abdullah owe the office in large part to Rahul Gandhi and that places a large question mark over the judgment of that Gen Next leader.'

July 09, 2010
This is the plight of the honest govt official
'It is an open secret that the mining lobby wields immense clout both in Karnataka and in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. It is no surprise that millions of tons vanished without a trace. (As did thousands of crores of rupees in lost revenue.) But it should be a cause for worry when the power of the mining lobby seemingly leads to the disappearance of honest officials.'

June 23, 2010
Too late for Nitish to mount moral high horse
Nitish Kumar made his reputation by focusing on development. Why is it that even he has to follow the hollow rhetoric of 'communal' and 'secular' when the time comes to woo voters?'.

June 11, 2010
Is it too late to ask Arjun Singh about Bhopal?
'Arjun Singh was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh back in 1984. He is still on Indian soil, and, presumably, available for questioning.'

June 07, 2010
What will Mamata Banerjee do next?
'What lesson will the other UPA allies draw? Mamata has been strident -- even defiant -- when it comes to protecting her turf, even risking outright rupture with the Congress. She has been repaid by the voters. Will other parties too draw the same lesson?'

May 18, 2010
The UPA, a house divided
'The alliance doesn't seem cemented as much as held together with staples and tape.'

May 10, 2010
The degeneration of India's universities
'How is this rush to decay to be halted before Indian universities become the laughing stock of the world, the (few) good ones unfairly tarred by the misdeeds of the worst of the lot?'

April 15, 2010
The nexus of sports, business, and politics
'Lalit Modi has raised questions; like it or not, answers must be forthcoming,' says TVR Shenoy.

March 25, 2010
Why the women's bill is fatally flawed
Giving women an increased share in legislatures may be a good idea but it would have been better had the Manmohan Singh ministry applied a little more thought before placing the bill in Parliament.

January 13, 2010
Much-maligned Bihar does better than Kerala
Bihar recorded a growth rate of 11.03%. This is well ahead of the all-India average of 8.49% and within a nose of Gujarat's 11.05%.

December 31, 2009
Goodbye to a wretched year
'I can scarcely wait for this wretched twelve months to end. We began the year with an economy in the doldrums, continued with once in 10,000-year rains wreaking havoc across central India, and end as the pillars of the State seem bent on crumbling.'

December 14, 2009
Why is everyone scared of small states?
The flames engulfing Andhra Pradesh today -- now threatening to scorch even distant Assam and Bengal -- were lit as far back as 1920.

November 11, 2009
Will the route of Koda's loot be dealt with?
'If there were people willing to offer bribes worth crores of rupees there were definitely other people who were willing to stand behind Madhu Koda's shoulder, offering hints about investing all those rupees. Who were they?'

November 02, 2009
Will the glitter of a Nobel outshine common sense?
'Every prime minister believes that peace with Pakistan is simply a matter of time -- after which an applauding world shall hang the Nobel Prize around his neck. Is it Dr Manmohan Singh's turn to add his name to the list?'
October 26, 2009
Can the BJP-Sena get their act together?
'Take a walk down the potholed streets of India's financial capital, remember how the monsoons flooded the city, get a whiff of the garbage piling up everywhere, and you will know just how badly the local government is run.'
October 13, 2009
After today's polls, watch out for Bengal next!
'Polling on the west coast will be over in a few hours. The manoeuvring for position on the east coast has already started -- all thanks to the Congress's lust for power in a single municipal corporation.'
September 24, 2009
Why Maharashtra is going back to the 18th century
'The state should be setting the pace for 21st century India; instead it is falling behind every day -- and its leaders apparently could not care less.'
August 10, 2009
Why the hurry in Andhra Pradesh?
'The flowers on YSR's grave have not yet faded. Are his supporters so unwilling to wait that they will pluck those same blooms to weave them in a garland for his son?'
July 29, 2009
Don't tax the common man to bail out Air India
Air India, having run up losses adding about Rs 15 crore worth of red ink every 24 hours, is asking for even more money to burn.
July 21, 2009
The maladministration of Kerala
The CPI-M bosses chose to punish V S Achuthanandan for indiscipline. Who is going to call him to account for maladministration?
July 11, 2009
Can the PM do what he wants?
'There are limits to the support offered by the Nehru-Gandhi family, and they have become only too evident in the ongoing Budget session of Parliament.'
July 08, 2009
Have authorities in Bengal taken leave of their senses?
Judging by Lalgarh, thirty-two years of unbroken Marxist governance have delivered little or nothing to the ordinary person.
June 17, 2009
What exactly is 'Hindu nationalist' about the BJP?
You could lay the economic policies of the Congress and the BJP side by side, and struggle to say which is which.
June 08, 2009
5 days away from the news cycle
'Krishna is sure to be a success with his US education and zest for life even at 77. He may well turn out to be the best dressed external affairs minister we ever had.'
June 02, 2009
The muddle of the govt's portfolios
The very structure of the council of ministers breeds inefficiency. Far too many people had to be accommodated and jobs found for each.
May 26, 2009
First days of our new government: A reality check This does not sound like a ministry that is all set to revive the ailing Indian economy in a hundred days flat, as Dr Manmohan Singh vowed, does it?
May 22, 2009
The time for excuses is over, Mr Prime Minister
'If he shall not do so today, can Dr Manmohan Singh ever push reforms and infrastructure initiatives?'
May 15, 2009
How the Left could veer to the Congress
If the Congress-Trinamool Congress wins one-third of the seats from West Bengal, the Marxists will cynically exploit Banerjee's feelings, rushing to join hands with a power-hungry Congress in order to shatter the anti-Left coalition in West Bengal.
May 06, 2009
Will we see a return to revolving-door ministries?
The Congress is ready with a plan to refuse power if it lacks the numbers. What happens if the BJP too 'refuses to compromise on principles;? We must then get ready for another election sooner rather than later.

April 30, 2009
AP, Orissa, TN hold the key to Congress fortunes
'Ideally, the Congress wants to retain all that it won in Andhra Pradesh five years ago while picking up seats in Orissa. But what happens to its hopes of retaining power should it retreat in Andhra Pradesh without advancing in Orissa? Add a poorer performance in Tamil Nadu than in 2004, and suddenly the Congress's chances look distinctly shaky.'

April 14, 2009
Why we should fear the Samajwadi Party
Mulayam Singh Yadav could well be in a position to carry out at least some of his promises in the next Lok Sabha if neither the BJP nor the Congress is in a position to lead the government.

April 09, 2009
The drift and decline of the Left
The Communist movement in India is a group that prefers to cut deals behind closed doors rather than reach out to India to win the people's mandate.

April 01, 2009
Why varun and why not Geelani?
Varun Gandhi has been gaoled for reportedly making provocative statements. Would any ministry ever dare apply the same draconian laws against the Hurriyat Conference chairman?

March 17, 2009
The illusion that is the Third Front
The Third Front, as it exists today, is a mere illusion. Does it have a common programme to which every constituent subscribes? Who is the chairman or the convenor of the Third Front? If this mob succeeds in coming to power -- probably after conning the Congress -- who shall be the prime minister? Does it possess even those minimal measures of credibility, namely a common list of candidates and an accepted nominee for the prime ministerial chair?.

March 09, 2009
Why regional leaders will decide Delhi's rulers
It is a bit of a sad commentary on our democracy but the general election is going to be only the first step in forming a government. The second step will come only when the party leaders -- specifically from regional forces -- judge their positions after the polls.

March 04, 2009
Let the seat-sharing squabbles begin
The three major parties will use the next 15 days for housecleaning. But what price must they pay for keeping their allies happy? As things stand today the Congress and the BJP are hard put to summon even a simple majority in the Lok Sabha. When the new House reconvenes in summer could we see a situation where not two but even the three largest parties will be pressed to reach the magic number of 272?

February 10, 2009
What exactly does Prakash Karat stand for?
'Karat's CPI-M is no longer the (reasonably) disciplined, cadre-based party he inherited from Surjeet, it is now just another group of egotistic individuals.'

February 04, 2009
Lok Sabha is not the place for local politics
This election should not be about Ramalinga Raju, or SNC-Lavalin, or Prabhakaran, or 'pub culture'. It should be about the actual issues of the day, which can be summed up in a single word: 'Security'.

January 27, 2009
What business as usual means in India
'Why do so many government deals always carry peculiar riders attached to them?'

January 19, 2009
Why wasn't anyone listening to Metroman Sreedharan?
'Given the Satyam scandal, is it too much to ask that Sreedharan's allegations should finally be taken seriously? And that while we are about it, how about taking another look at all the other BOT projects undertaken by Maytas Infra?'

January 08, 2009
The depths Indian democracy has fallen to
'It is we who elected both the literate M K Stalin and the illiterate Golma Devi, and it is we who must endure the consequences.'

January 06, 2009
Cong may be repeating BJP error of 2003
The party is allowing successes in Delhi, Rajasthan, and (to an extent) J&K to blind its national alienation as seen in Karnataka.

December 27, 2008
Why the Congress won't make Antulay say sorry
But the minister must remember that conspiracy theories can run both ways -- and that, carried to the bitter end, his allegations could leave his party very sorry.

December 19, 2008
Mullah Omar's designs on India
Pakistan represents 'strategic depth' in Mullah Omar's war with the US, then a staging camp for the conquest of India.

December 08, 2008
Salute the brave constables of D B Marg police station
'Every major nation has problems with Muslim fundamentalists, yet none could capture a suicide attacker trained from the Al Qaeda manual. That honour goes only to the Mumbai police.'

November 13, 2008
The migrant issue flows from Congress's original sin
Why are people continuing to flee from Bihar -- Uttar Pradesh too -- in such large numbers, only to become easy targets in Maharashtra, Assam, Punjab, or J&K?

November 04, 2008
For better or worse, DMK's fortunes linked to LTTE
There is no way that India can stop Sri Lanka from crushing the LTTE now that Prabhakaran's head is in the noose.

October 13, 2008
Allies pressure Congress ahead of poll
The DMK, the NCP, the LJP and the RJD would like the Congress to give something in return if they "sacrifice" their demands. The Congress -- and the Indian electorate at large -- is expected to politely ignore the fact that the demands are a load of unrealistic bunk that never had a prayer of being realised

October 08, 2008
Wisdom dawns on Congress for Vijayadashami
The next general election must be held by May of 2009, and we already appear to have a clear choice. The National Democratic Alliance announced that L K Advani will be the prime minister should it come to power. Now, there is a fair degree of clarity that Dr Manmohan Singh shall lead the United Progressive Alliance if it should be returned to office. But how about the Third Front? Transparency is no friend of the Third Front!

September 25, 2008
It's time for the 'silent majority' to speak up
Most Hindus, most Muslims, and most Christians in India are essentially peaceable folks who would rub along perfectly well with each other given half a chance. But will they get that option if the headlines are hijacked by extremists with their own agenda?

September 15, 2008
George Bush and the Indian election
A picture, they say, is worth a 1,000 words. Come the general election and we may find that a certain picture is worth 2,000 words.

September 09, 2008
'Gandhi' may be Comrade Karat's salvation
'If the CPI-M cannot mend relations with Dr Manmohan Singh, it may find that Congress boss Sonia Gandhi is still willing to talk.'

September 08, 2008
The Jewish Gandhi and Barack Obama
If the amount of disinformation that spreads so rapidly in the US is disturbing our own lack of appreciation of our rich heritage is almost as troubling.

August 27, 2008
When the US fiddles with the rules
'The prime minister and his colleagues thought the Bush administration's promises were as good as gold. But, as the Americans would now have you believe, gold is no better than bronze.'

August 19, 2008
Who really snubbed Jesse Owens?
In 1936, the press allowed itself to be seduced by Nazi propaganda; sift through the archives, and there is no shortage of admiring reports about the economic and social development of Germany under the Hitler regime. In 2008, there seems to be the same unquestioning admiration for Communist China as for Nazi Germany.

August 11, 2008
Will nuclear deal fail in US Congress?
'It will take a minor miracle for the deal to beat the clock ticking away in the US Congress, but Abhinav Bindra just proved that the age of miracles isn't over yet.'

August 07, 2008
Will PM wield the brahmaastra of dissolution?
The only way 20 by-elections can be postponed is if the Lok Sabha itself is dissolved.

July 25, 2008
What did Somnath Chatterjee have to lose anyway?
'The cynic in me wonders whether the Speaker's defiance wasn't assisted by the knowledge that he cannot possibly be re-elected from Bolpur.'

July 18, 2008
The only important number is 5
'What do Congressmen want, five assured months in office before the general election is called or the possibility of being re-elected for another five-year term?'

July 14, 2008
From jail to bailing out Dr Singh!
'Five MPs must be brought from jail to Parliament. It shall be an unsavoury beginning to the new alliance.'

July 07, 2008
Will the final joke be on Mulayam Singh Yadav?
'After the next general election, the Left Front will emerge with its control intact over West Bengal, albeit much bruised and battered. It will perform dismally in Kerala. But the Left Front will still be a presence of sorts in Parliament. Can the Samajwadi Party retain all its 39 seats?'

June 25, 2008
The Hawa Mahal of our politics
The nuclear pact is not an issue any longer, it can still serve as an excuse for calling a general election before it is due.

June 19, 2008
The 1970s are coming back with a vengeance
‘Double-digit inflation, a return of Naxalism and the licence Raj. Is it too much to ask the Congress at least stop asking for more Indira Gandhi-style 'commitment?'

June 06, 2008
Where is the money going?
‘There is no money for fuel subsidies because it is, supposedly, being used for development activities. But nobody can see any effect of these activities.’

May 30, 2008
The arrogance of political dynasties
'I doubt if Congress leaders will dare to take Karnataka's voters for granted.'

May 23, 2008
Karnataka pointers to general election?
'The fallout of the Panchayat polls in West Bengal and Punjab could reverberate as much as the assembly poll in Karnataka.'

May 09, 2008
Dr Singh is nothing but a mukhauta!
'Does anyone believe for a moment that T R Baalu cares two hoots for a man without a mandate who happens to be living in Race Course Road by sheer accident?'

May 02, 2008
Why did Priyanka Vadra meet Nalini?
It is a bit strange that Rajiv Gandhi's daughter received permission to do precisely what her great-grandfather had denied to the Mahatma's son.

April 17, 2008
The green revolution turns dusty brown
The scale of the mismanagement is so great that both the Indian farmer and the Indian consumer are suffering.

April 09, 2008
Our minister for youth affairs is 71!
'A man who faces 72 candles on the birthday cake two months from today! Can you think of anything sillier?'

April 07, 2008
Why Karnataka holds the key
A poor performance here will spell alarm for every current or potential Congress ally, and, could have an effect on the Lok Sabha poll.

March 24, 2008
Why is India doing China's dirty job?
I have absolutely no problem with India's conducting business with the generals in Myanmar because that is how India's interests were best served. But how does India benefit from cracking Tibetan skulls outside the Chinese embassy, and how does it benefit from pandering to extremists by exiling Taslima Nasreen?

March 04, 2008
UPA and Election Commission on collision course
There may be three acts to this particular drama. First, there is a question on the timing of the assembly elections in Karnataka. The second is a difference of opinion about Sonia Gandhi accepting a Belgian honour. The third concerns the eligibility of a particular member of the Election Commission to continue in that post.

February 26, 2008
Politics and the power of hope
What Pakistani voters and Barack Obama demonstrate is the power of hope, of hope that the democratic process offers the chance of enacting genuine change.

August 28, 2007
The BJP could save the day
'Prime Minister, there will be no agreement with the Americans unless you get the BJP on your side in the name of the greater national interest.'

August 21, 2007
The Left's 'death of a 1,000 cuts'
`The Left Front will block every measure of economic reform so dear to the prime minister's heart.'

August 14, 2007
Happy Diamond Jubilee, fellow Indians!
The genius of the Indian people has demonstrated the capacity to trip up doomsayers, even those trained in the study of history.

August 02, 2007
Nobody is above the law, Mr Sanjay Dutt
'Did you hear anybody express any sympathy for Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who has been receiving threats for the better part of the past decade?'

July 05, 2007
Endgame for Musharraf?
'Pakistan's rulers may blandly deny that their country is 'Al Qaeda Central' as some American reports put it. But it would be utterly futile to try to refute the fact that they have reared Muslim fundamentalism in their bosom.'

June 01, 2007
Give us a President who can inspire rather than divide!
'If this were a popular poll rather than an indirect election, I am sure the current President would be re-elected handily.'

May 22, 2007
The chief minister who is making a difference
V S Achuthanandan has taken on Kerala's land sharks.

May 11, 2007
The victory of caste arithmetic
'I pray Mayawati becomes a leader not just of the Brahmins and the Dalits but of all Uttar Pradesh. Our largest state deserves no less.'

May 04, 2007
And India stretches out its bowl
Is the country's hard-earned food security in danger of vanishing as the Manmohan Singh government fiddles with quotas and nuclear deals rather than concentrate on daal-roti?

April 25, 2007
The joke is always on the public
When the Congress, BJP, or the Left begins to talk of 'morality' you can be sure the ultimate joke will be the befuddled Indian public.

April 17, 2007
UP election: Who cares?
'In over four decades in journalism I cannot recall a greater exercise in futility than the ongoing Vidhan Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh.'

March 28, 2007
Asking the State to grab land has to stop!
'Let the barons of industry negotiate directly with the owners of the land.'

March 16, 2007
Can regional satraps dictate national policy?
The battle in Parliament over the maritime university shows how regional parties put local interests over national policy.

March 12, 2007
Kerala not in same league as rest of South India
'Over a decade of modernisation has been eaten by the locusts because a bunch of politicians thought obstruction was a short-cut to the headlines.'

February 26, 2007
It's time judges declared their assets
'We in India are incredibly lucky in our judiciary. Taken as a body it is undoubtedly free of taints. But let us not pretend that every single member of this elite corps is free of controversy.'

February 09, 2007
Is this the last of economic reforms for a while?
If the anti-Congress trend continues from 2004, Congressmen will lay the blame at the PM's economic reforms.

February 06, 2007
Govt must treat Rashtrapati Bhavan with respect
Insulting people by not taking the Padma awards seriously is not one of those exercises that will help the Manmohan Singh ministry make friends.

December 26, 2006
Why the US won't leave Iraq
'As long as oil continues to be a factor, as long as Iraqi Shias and Sunnis continue to butcher each other, as long as the expenses of war can be sustained by the American economy, there is no hope of an American withdrawal from Iraq.'

November 29, 2006
The debate over Muslim separatism in the US
What is worrying the Americans, the Britons, and others across the globe, is that the Muslim immigrants of today are showing absolutely no signs of even wanting to integrate.

November 17, 2006
Nuke treaty may still be dead
Let us understand that restrictions on civilian nuclear technology will not be automatically lifted even after the US Senate gives the green signal to the nuke deal.

October 27, 2006
Why A K Antony needs our prayers
'India's armed forces have lost their technological edge. There is also a grave shortage of personnel.'

October 25, 2006
Bush vs Chavez & the lesson for India
There is no dearth of nations where anti-Americanism translate into solid political gains. But realistic governments know it is unwise to tweak the most powerful nation on this planet without sufficient cause.

October 05, 2006
Will we drop this obsession with the UN?
Spare me the talk of the 'prestige' of having our man as secretary general! How much prestige has Ghana accrued since Kofi Annan assumed the office?

September 22, 2006
The debate over 'Reason' vs 'Faith' leaves me cold
'I find it very hard to believe that Pope Benedict failed to foresee the storm of protest that his words unleashed.'

September 15, 2006
Jharkhand's political problems are far from over
'Any ministry replacing that of Arjun Munda will be just as brittle as its predecessor. After all, it too stands or falls on the shoulders of those defectors, doesn't it?'

September 08, 2006
Fiscal time-bombs are ticking away in every state
'If Kerala, with all its history of social sector spending, now faces a debt trap, what is the fate of other states?'

September 01, 2006
Only the gods can save India
Tomorrow's leaders shall arise from the student unions of today. Can you, honestly, contemplate this future without shuddering?.

August 23, 2006
How strong is this allergy to Bush?
80 years ago the Khilafat Agitation ended by driving a wedge between India's two largest communities. I fear events outside India are again casting a shadow on Indian politics.

August 18, 2006
Will Dr Singh's govt see the light?
The Office of Profit Bill is one of three pieces of controversial legislation, each seemingly created to serve a small section rather than society at large.

August 14, 2006
Of Cricket, Coconuts, and Communists!
Governance suffers when chief ministers spend so much time and energy on relatively petty issues.

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