Mohan Guruswamy

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Time to Lockout the Lockdown

Time to Lockout the Lockdown

Rediff.com1 May 2020

'We need to have the courage to take a rational look at known facts and act accordingly,' advises Mohan Guruswamy.

Is India paying too much for Rafale?

Is India paying too much for Rafale?

Rediff.com15 Nov 2019

'What the price will reveal, since the India specific capabilities haven't changed since 2013, is how much the Modi government padded up the cost,' points out Mohan Guruswamy.

How the Congress can counter Modi

How the Congress can counter Modi

Rediff.com18 Sep 2019

'What the Congress needs now is an ideological and social contrast to the BJP.' 'The Congress stable of princelings cannot do it,' argues Mohan Guruswamy.

Why we must salute both Nehru and Patel

Why we must salute both Nehru and Patel

Rediff.com31 Oct 2018

'Both Nehru and Patel were thorough gentlemen and whatever their differences never disrespected each other.' 'Neither Modi nor Rahul Gandhi has much in them to claim such legacies.' 'They are symptomatic of the sad days that have befallen the nation midwifed and contemplated by Nehru and Patel,' says Mohan Guruswamy.

Who Got the Bofors Money?

Who Got the Bofors Money?

Rediff.com23 Oct 2018

The Congress kept sheltering Quattrochi, and the BJP was more intent on shielding the Hinduja brothers. The fact is that the two roads crisscrossed, and neither the truth prevailed nor did the law take its course, says Mohan Guruswamy.

Our Modiji is the master of illusion

Our Modiji is the master of illusion

Rediff.com11 Sep 2018

'Our first great challenge is to create 12 million new jobs each year, to make the demographic dividend an economic dividend.' 'We are nowhere near that,' points out Mohan Guruswamy.

Mallikarjun Kharge: Man of the hour

Mallikarjun Kharge: Man of the hour

Rediff.com13 Aug 2015

Mallikarjun Kharge showed that when the hour was on hand, he was the man, says Mohan Guruswamy

Nagaland: One political compromise after another

Nagaland: One political compromise after another

Rediff.com10 Aug 2015

'The Naga Hills region, Nagaland and Manipur, have had the most uncaring and corrupt state governments with little to show on the ground despite the nation's highest per capita development expenditure,' says Mohan Guruswamy.

Kalam made us believe the sky was never too high

Kalam made us believe the sky was never too high

Rediff.com28 Jul 2015

'As a nation we came up short, but that did not deter Kalam. He made it his life mission to exhort the young to greatness.'

The myth of the Magna Carta

The myth of the Magna Carta

Rediff.com26 Jun 2015

The Magna Carta was not quite a grand demand for equality, freedoms and rule of law but just a narrow demand for restricting the ruler's powers to ring fence the interests of the elite. But its consequences greatly expanded over the centuries into a charter, which guarantees individual liberties, equality and justice to all, irrespective of race, religion and class, says Mohan Guruswamy.

Economic growth: Adding some water to the milk!

Economic growth: Adding some water to the milk!

Rediff.com3 Jun 2015

In the year since UPA went out, the GDP has grown a mere 0.5 per cent, but this government claims a healthy GDP growth of 7.4 per cent allowing it to ecstatically claim outpacing China, says Mohan Guruswamy.

Shifting people from Bharat to India

Shifting people from Bharat to India

Rediff.com1 Jun 2015

Modi is as divorced from reality as Manmohan Singh. He might want to sound expansive and visionary, but to be credible he must have his feet on the ground and know the reality around him. Instead of delivering irrelevant homilies to small and hence poor farmers, the prime minister should be thinking in terms of creating a huge demand for alternative employment, mainly in the construction sector, and his promised hundred new cities is a capital idea, says Mohan Guruswamy.

'France is more mercenary than we like'

'France is more mercenary than we like'

Rediff.com10 Apr 2015

'Despite frequent high-level interactions there has been little traction on substantive issues between India and France,' says Mohan Guruswamy.

Nobel Peace Prize: For less than noble reasons

Nobel Peace Prize: For less than noble reasons

Rediff.com27 Oct 2014

For a start this award has a history of having less to do with actual contributions and more to do with some part of a larger agenda. Some pretty dubious people have received this. Many more were patently undeserving, says Mohan Guruswamy.

Why we should not blindly trust the US dollar

Why we should not blindly trust the US dollar

Rediff.com13 Oct 2014

The fact that the US dollar has become the world's preferred reserve currency is now the core of global financial crisis, says Mohan Guruswamy.

Why India may never become a world power

Why India may never become a world power

Rediff.com4 Sep 2014

The power of a nation is directly related to the revenues it realises from its citizens. But India loses a gargantuan Rs 5.8 lakh crore, as the IT department drags its feet over recovering uncollected taxes in time or holding up files in appeal cases, says Mohan Guruswamy.

Why it need not be Japan or China for India

Why it need not be Japan or China for India

Rediff.com2 Sep 2014

Narendra Modi and his government should look at the emerging geo-politics realistically and not get sucked into having to make a choice between China and Japan. India has enough economic space for both, says Mohan Guruswamy.

Rise of Naxalism: Blame India's skewed mining policy

Rise of Naxalism: Blame India's skewed mining policy

Rediff.com26 Aug 2014

It is the low cost of iron ore extracted from their adivasi homeland mines that enables steelmakers like Tata Steel and Essar, and miners like NMDC, not only to be among the most profitable companies in India, but also gives it the financial muscle to make huge overseas acquisitions. Ultimately, it is the poor adivasi who pays for it with his home and hearth and gets no credit for it! Either from the State, which connives in their exploitation, or the industry that lords over their resources, says Mohan Guruswamy.

Think tanks help the nation's intellectual churn

Think tanks help the nation's intellectual churn

Rediff.com19 Aug 2014

I still believe that it is a good thing that think tanks are mushrooming in Delhi. They provide a platform for discussion, even if they shed more heat than light. With Parliament almost incapable of serious debate, informed discussion and civilised discourse, where does this nation get its intellectual churn, asks Mohan Guruswamy.

Should Tata be ranked India's best brand?

Should Tata be ranked India's best brand?

Rediff.com18 Aug 2014

Famous and long believed to be trusted Indian brands have wilted against foreign brands, says Mohan Guruswamy.

Will Modi's I-Day speech push reforms?

Will Modi's I-Day speech push reforms?

Rediff.com6 Aug 2014

With Narendra Modi about to make his first Independence Day speech, there is a buzz in Delhi that Modi will make some big announcements to signal major reforms and directional shifts. But we have to wait and see if it happens, says Mohan Guruswamy.

Israel loses its heroic sheen

Israel loses its heroic sheen

Rediff.com28 Jul 2014

Israel is no longer the valiant and beleaguered underdog, but increasingly seen as an increasingly arrogant oppressor seeking to crush another old nation under its jackboots, says Mohan Guruswamy.

BRICS bank: A giant step towards reforming the world system

BRICS bank: A giant step towards reforming the world system

Rediff.com18 Jul 2014

The announcement of the formation of the BRICS bank will have as much an impact about how the non-G7 countries manage their economies and their foreign reserves, as it does on the intellectual discourse. The development priorities and agenda which was hitherto set by western experts responding mostly to western priorities and notions will now have to compete with an intellectual tradition that is and can be very different, says Mohan Guruswamy.

This Khobrage won't go away for a long time

This Khobrage won't go away for a long time

Rediff.com15 Jan 2014

'A senior US diplomat last week asked me when things will go back to normal. I had to tell her that if normalcy meant getting back these perks, it is not going to happen for a very long time, if ever at all,' says Mohan Guruswamy. 'For the Indian public now is outraged that US diplomats have enjoyed all these winking at the rulebook.'