January 24, 2013
Why India needs Young Pravasis
'The subsequent generations of Indians abroad are free from such baggage of the past. They may be intolerant of the mosquitoes and the heat when they come to India, but they are proud of their heritage and the achievements of their parents abroad. India, to them, is a brand, which gives them added advantage in their highly competitive environment,' says T P Sreenivasan.
October 09, 2012
Varsha Bhosle was a fearless warrior, and I shall miss her fierce, large heart
'We were optimistic that if only that single missing, magic ingredient were to be found -- leadership -- India would once again rise from the ruins. We looked forward to the day that India became a leading economy and power in the world.' Rajeev Srinivasan's personal tribute to his late friend Varsha Bhosle.
September 04, 2012
How Modi got the media to acknowledge his hangout
'Who can motivate and appeal to the young and idealistic who are willing to work hard to create an India that matches their ambitions? Who is their role model? Someone like Modi who has worked his way up from the lower middle class, and has shown steely leadership and produced results? Or some child of privilege? You be the judge,'
July 13, 2012
The Higgs Boson: Is it the end of physics?
'Without demeaning Einstein, I believe the most astounding achievement of a single human mind in all of history was that of Panini, 2,500 years ago. He achieved a Grand Unified Theory of Language: An even more daunting task... Computer scientists in the 1950s rediscovered the Paninian rules for formal languages; for instance, the C language is defined by 100 or so rules in the Panini-Backus form.'
May 25, 2012
Rescuing the rupee: What can be done
'Well, what can be done now, when the economy is tanking? 'Austerity', the officials cry. That would be fine, but austerity by whom? Normally, the answer is: Belt-tightening by the common man (Indians already pay some of the highest prices in the world for petroleum products, and a lot of that is punitive taxes), but ostentatious spending and extravagance by the political classes and their cronies.'
May 24, 2012
The saga of the rupee and why it is falling
The proximate cause is the Budget, with its Black-Swan event of a 50-year rollback and retroactive taxation of deals. This strengthens the notion that India is still a Banana Republic.
May 16, 2012
Is the future of education leaving India in the dust?
The digital revolution in education is coming at a most opportune time for India. Leadership in this is something India could seize, if only it had the vision.
May 13, 2012
Parliament: Is it even worse than it looks?
'India's parliamentary democracy is ridden with flaws... Parliament has become a monarchy, with seats captured by a strongman, and then inherited by his wife or children.'
May 10, 2012
Rethinking education in India
'Indian education has, after Independence, produced nothing whatsoever -- yes, absolutely nothing -- of global calibre. Not one earth-shaking discovery or invention, not one outstanding theoretical insight!'
March 01, 2012
Why Narendra Modi scares the usual suspects
Rajeev Srinivasan on why Narendra Modi is a threat to the establishment because he overturns many of the convenient myths they propagate
February 14, 2012
Why is Indian culture so anti-female?
'There is the hangover from colonial practices, which should disappear with greater educational freedom for women, and also, ironically, because of the looming woman shortage due to selective foeticide.'
January 4, 2012
India in 2012: Another 2011 coming up
'I would not be surprised if there is a spectacular act of Pakistani terrorism in India in 2012 intended to celebrate the triumph over the hyperpower. Of course, the home minister of India will once again mouth the terrifying formula: 'If there is another terrorist attack, we will...'
September 26, 2011
Afghan endgame: As America retreats, India needs a Plan B
Rajeev Srinivasan on India's reduced options in Afghanistan, now that it seems like the Americans have finally lost the war.
August 16, 2011
Will Microsoft now woo Nokia?
The possibilities are: Apple, Google and a third player. The pursuit of that third slot is where there will be blood on the streets -- who will win, RIM or HP or Microsoft?
June 13, 2011
The Guru, the Gandhian, the Organization Man
Rajeev Srinivasan on how Ramdev, Hazare, and Husain are all representative of different strands in Indian society.
June 09, 2011
What is the Indian State's duty to citizens?
Rajeev Srinivasan on the cavalier nature of the Indian State's actions against its own citizens.
April 28, 2011
Is your smartphone spying on you?
Rajeev Srinivasan on why consumers must be careful with their powerful mobile devices.
February 11, 2011
Why social media revolutions cannot last
Rajeev Srinivasan on whether social media can lead to lasting change, or whether it is merely a flash in the pan.
February 07, 2011
Children of a Lesser God
Rajeev Srinivasan on how the uncaring State does not give a damn about the rights of the poor and the middle class
February 02, 2011
How the State oppresses the 'little people'
Rajeev Srinivasan on how insurgents and terrorists seem to have more human rights than the average citizen in India.
December 02, 2010
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner
'Nobody denies the culpability of many bureaucrats and businessmen in the shrinking of our moral 'How come these athletes are not household names? Why are they not lionised, and how come they do not earn millions appearing in advertisements?'
November 11, 2010
After the Kool-Aid: Notes from the Obama visit
'The Obama visit to India was a major non-event. India got practically nothing out of it. But then, India's leaders do not know what their goals are, so avoiding utter disaster, I suppose, is a victory. Of sorts.'
October 14, 2010
India's Security Council vote may well be all-time record
Even though a two-thirds majority was sufficient, we secured 187 out of a possible 192 votes… We may never know which five countries were either absent or did not support India in the secret ballot.
October 08, 2010
Why the Ayodhya judgment is a landmark
'That there will be appeals is disappointing, because it means the status quo
will be maintained. It is in the vested interests of many to keep the Ayodhya issue unresolved, a festering wound that annoys Hindus and rallies Muslims.'
June 21, 2010
Is US considering a long-term stay in Afghanistan?
'Unfortunately, the most likely outcome is that they will press India to give in to the ISI, or, equally disastrously, ask for Indian troops to join them in Afghanistan.'
June 16, 2010
India needs a relationship of equals with the US
India should strive to establish itself as a pole in a multi-polar world instead of being a satellite to a sinking America.
June 02, 2010
India: The Hanuman Syndrome
'India is a heavyweight acting like a featherweight.'.
May 12, 2010
Why India is so full of charlatans
By not putting in place mechanisms to ensure there is punishment for sinning, India is creating the right environment for 'moral hazard'.
May 06, 2010
The banality of evil
'It is not the individuals, but the system of propaganda and inducement of hatred that is to blame. And that suits the Pakistani establishment just fine: It sustains their failing State.'
April 26, 2010
View: Fiddling while the country burns
Three issues should be dominating media coverage in India: China's imperial ambitions, Pakistan's increasing closeness to the US and its crucial role in Afghanistan and the Naxal insurgency, not the IPL controversies, writes Rajeev Srinivasan.
March 29, 2010
Kayani and Qureshi did not go empty handed
'Pakistan has received assurances that no dispensation in Afghanistan will be inimical to Pakistani interests and that Pakistan will have a say in the determination of the future of the region. India would definitely not be part of the new order if the US could help it.'
March 03, 2010
Rajeev Srinivasan: India's negotiations: Only form, no content
There is a ritualised quality with the negotiations conducted by the Indian government; and this may be fitting in the context of many other things done in India, where one goes through the motions.
January 20, 2010
Khot massacre: a point of inflexion in Obama’s war?
Ever since President Obama unveiled his timetable for an American pull-out, the Taliban and the Al Qaeda have gone from strength to strength -- they are winning the psychological war.
December 29, 2009
2009: A year beset by problems for India
This was a crucial year for India. Its economy is doing fairly well, but it continues to suffer from a non-existent long-term agenda. The latter may well result in India seizing defeat from the jaws of victory: Despite the 'demographic dividend', the lack of a compelling 'idea of India' may well cause it to flounder aimlessly, if not disintegrate into a million pointless mutinies. Events in 2009 would have sown the seeds of either success or failure.
December 08, 2009
As usual India is left to fight its own battles
'The two parties that will benefit the most from the American debacle in Afghanistan are India's sworn enemies: China and Pakistan.'
November 24, 2009
Why I am worried about Dr Singh's visit
A nation that has no long-term strategic intent, and whose leaders can be easily manipulated through flattery, is a banana republic. Unlike China, which intends to rule the world, India, which can only imagine itself as a second-rate power, will remain one.
November 11, 2009
Roses in November: In search of righteousness
'Indian civilisation has thrived for millennia because of the element of Dharma in society, however strong the demons are.'
May 17, 2009
After the counting and other stories
'The 2009 election will mark the rapid decline of India.'
May 04, 2009
Endgame and tragedy in Sri Lanka
'The LTTE certainly did not expect to fade into oblivion, their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran a fugitive. A couple of years ago, the Tigers were rampant, scoring victories on land and sea, and terrorising Colombo with their makeshift air force. What turned things around? Probably much covert aid from governments, including India's, wary of the Tigers' propensity for redrawing boundaries by force.'
April 13, 2009
My dilemma with Shashi Tharoor
'He needs to be more sensitive to Hindu concerns. And he needs to represent the interests of the Thiruvananthapuram constituency, unlike all the other gray individuals who have come and gone as the local MP.'
April 08, 2009
Triage: A winning strategy for the BJP
By wasting no energy on the naysayers, ensuring that the faithful do not stray, and spending more of their efforts on the undecided, the BJP should be able to successfully work a triage strategy and ride it to power in 2009.
March 25, 2009
UPA will cost India economic superstardom
After 60 years of Congress misrule, India has world's worst wealth, health and nutrition indicators. This is a national shame.
March 10, 2009
Not cricket, just the ISI gaining strategic depth
The ISI has achieved their desired strategic depth by creating a Pushtunistan across Af-Pak that they control. The US and India can now look forward to more 9/11s and 26/11s.
March 07, 2009
The end of the immigration boom
The global recession is beginning to seriously hurt international migration, and many migrants are forced to go home again.
January 19, 2009
Why I am not a fan of Obama
'I am suspicious of the Democratic Party in the US; two, that I fear that Obama is all style and no substance; and three, that I believe his war-cry of 'change!' is no more than election rhetoric, because there is no way anybody is going to turn the battleship that is America except very, very slowly.'
January 09, 2009
The Satyam scandal: Now what?
What is the solution to problems like this? It is probably not more intrusive government regulation. Despite the noises being made in America blaming all finance-sector problems on a lax regulatory environment, it is not clear that more paperwork is the answer.
January 02, 2009
In defence of Satyam
I would say it was unwise, but not necessarily wicked. I suggest that Satyam was ill-served by its M&A investment bankers and lawyers regarding the public-relations backlash such a move would cause
December 08, 2008
Are we heading to being a failed State?
The very future of the Indian State, suddenly, is in question. And it is mostly from self-inflicted, avoidable wounds. The failure of leadership is causing India to cease to exist.
September 08, 2008
This deal may cause India to collapse
'India must be the very first large State in history that has consciously and voluntarily decided to dismantle itself.'
August 04, 2008
Olympic machismo: The tale the medals tell
There is a failure in India to encourage fresh blood, and to tell the famous to retire when their time is up.
July 22, 2008
A conspiracy behind the nuclear agreement?
India is being sold a bill of goods. Yet again.
June 04, 2008
Moving on from Karnataka
‘The BJP should have won a thumping majority. The fact that it did not is food for thought.’
May 05, 2008
Why should India enter into voluntary servitude!
'I wouldn't put it past the Indian govt to walk into this honey-trap of the nuke deal with its eyes open. India's netas have done worse before.'
April 23, 2008
The deal that refuses to die
'The sceptical observer is left with the inescapable conclusion that something stinks about the nuke deal. It is a bad deal for India, period.'
March 25, 2008
The sacrifice of Tibet
Rajeev Srinivasan on how the Congress lost Tibet.
February 27, 2008
Obama's Rise and Rise: Camelot or Bust?
It is not clear exactly what Obama is going to change. Obama may be able to beat Clinton based on all this, but McCain may not be quite so easy.
November 11, 2007
On this Winter Solstice, I am a Gujarati
All decent people must stand by Gujaratis, because unprincipled rogues are attacking them willy-nilly.
November 05, 2007
Democracy and autocracy, subcontinent-ishtyle
'India, and its neighbours (although Musharraf has suddenly eschewed hypocrisy), are giving democracy a bad name. In none of these nations has democracy been anything more than a charade and a hoax.'
September 17, 2007
The purely scientific case for Rama's Bridge
The Sethu Samudram project is a prestige issue for so-called 'Dravidian' politicians. It is a matter of hubris waiting for nemesis.
September 10, 2007
There is no democracy in India
'The Indian State is predatory. It preys on the very people it is sworn and duty-bound to protect and nurture.'
July 23, 2007
A whiff of the Manchurian Candidate
None of the politicians who held the position of President particularly distinguished himself. Kalam, on the other hand, certainly stood out.
July 20, 2007
Despite all the hoopla, the Indian-American voter, and his money, counts for nothing in the mind of the American politician.
July 10, 2007
Musharraf's theatre of the absurd
'The most recent incident involving Musharraf's make-believe is the standoff at a terrorist stronghold in Islamabad.'
May 23, 2007
The consequences of inaction
'Encounter killings' are a product of a warped society wherein the media and the political class practice double standards.
May 14, 2007
UP Elections: The persistence of caste
Those who recognise the value of caste and utilise it will thrive; those who do not fall by the wayside. Mayawati has just proven this in UP.
April 11, 2007
Two festivals and a funeral: rites of Spring
Rajeev Srinivasan on springtime in India.
April 03, 2007
Nandigram: Communism as fascism - Part II
The Communists demonstrated that they are tyrants just like the Tsars.
April 02, 2007
Nandigram: Communism as fascism – I
Why the common man doesn't matter to Communists.
February 06, 2007
What the Winter has wrought
India needs to stop pretending it's something other than what it really is. Only then will its native genius allow it to reach for the stars, once again.
January 30, 2007
A time of hope, of new beginnings
'India awaits its time to blossom again.'
January 11, 2007
Why some war criminals are more equal than others
'There are double standards in terms of who is accused of crimes against humanity. I am yet to hear of any white Westerner who stands so accused, although there are some deserving candidates.'
November 13, 2006
Why is the South doing well?
'We need to look no further for the South's rise: It is its very Indian-ness that has been its competitive advantage.'
November 08, 2006
The rise of South India
It is no wonder that with such a rich heritage, the South is rising again.
October 12, 2006
That hoax called non-proliferation
The NPT is dead, after having been on life-support for some years.
September 11, 2006
The fallout from 9/11
'It is abundantly clear that Pakistan is the epicentre of almost all acts of terrorism regardless of where it takes place in the world.'
July 10, 2006
Football and 'reservations'
Why do you always find the same usual suspects in the late stages of the World Cup? Why is it so dominated by rich Western European nations and Latin Americans?
June 26, 2006
Greater India's magnificent heritage
'Today we are familiar with America's soft power as exemplified by Hollywood and pop music; India's soft power was of the same order of magnitude.'
May 10, 2006
Reservations: The Economic Factor
'There is a need for reservation only because the economic pie did not grow.'
May 09, 2006
How reservations fracture Hindu society
'Ezhavas and Nairs are fighting over something that has practically no value. But it has poisoned the atmosphere in Hindu Kerala.'
April 24, 2006
A hero for our times: Eachara Warrier
'He showed that there is a kernel of dharma even in the corrupt modern Indian system, even though it may only shine weakly. But he also showed that a hero with nothing but moral force on his side plows a long and lonely furrow.'
April 12, 2006
Economic Nationalism and Espionage
'Alas, national interest comes last, way below the fattening of one's wallet and loyalty to dubious ideologies.'
April 06, 2006
Why the nuclear deal is (still) a bad idea
There is nuclear apartheid against India, and Bush intends to make it permanent.
February 25, 2006
Two nations with visions of manifest destiny
'India has been generous with its cultural gifts to Europe and now America, and it is time to call in the favours.'
February 03, 2006
Endemic discrimination against Hindus
'The prime movers behind the attack on the Hindu perspective are the usual suspects -- hostile Indian-origin Marxists in America, whose disgust for Hinduism is hard to explain in rational terms, but then they are not famous for being rational.'
February 01, 2006
Bigotry and Prejudice: the Depiction of Hinduism in the West
'In several countries, Hinduism is not even recognised as a religion.'
January 06, 2006
Ignore this genocide, we're secular
'The Balochistan story is of significant importance to India.'