All stories by Sunanda K Datta Ray
From raja to praja:Jyotiraditya's likely role in BJPRediff.com1 days ago
They will fawn over a prize catch who has brought a rich dowry of Gwalior-Chambal politicians. But in the end, all BJP members are prajas of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi, notes Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Why India is a poor country of very rich peopleRediff.com12 Feb 2020
'Nowhere amidst the efflorescence of 13 military bands, 16 marching contingents and 22 tableaux was there any hint that far from being a rich country of poor people, the closely guarded secret is that India is a poor country of extremely rich people,' notes Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
The Reinvention of India's PastRediff.com6 Feb 2020
The BJP's message is that the past must be reinvented as creatively as imagination allows, states Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
What's all the hullabaloo over CAA!Rediff.com18 Jan 2020
'Whatever the legal position, it is my understanding that in practice, the Indian authorities have always treated Hindu refugees from Pakistan and Bangladesh far more sympathetically than Muslims,' notes Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Why Indians are immigrating illegallyRediff.com21 Dec 2019
Driven by hardship, adventurous souls mortgage their homesteads in Punjab or Haryana, pawn the family jewellery and borrow heavily to satisfy the greed of the criminal traffickers who organise their trips, points out Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Abhijit's Nobel and the challenges aheadRediff.com4 Nov 2019
'The fruition of Nobel's hope lies in the response of a caring government that can rise above politics and propaganda, not in the frenetic raptures of a public that worships fame for fame's sake,' says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Jallianwala Bagh apology: Should we really care?Rediff.com21 Apr 2019
I can't see what purpose can be served by an apology by a British government that cannot in any way be blamed for one sadistic man running amok 100 years ago, argues Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Did Doval exchange a princess for Christian Michel?Rediff.com17 Dec 2018
'As she was dragged off the yacht, the princess cried, "I won't go back to the UAE, just kill me now!"' 'She hasn't been heard of since then.' 'Perhaps she is dead.' 'If so, Modi's government has blood on its hands,' notes Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Is this why govt needs money from RBI?Rediff.com7 Dec 2018
Money permits patronage. Money means power. No wonder details of the crores locked up in NPAs and never repaid loans are top secret, Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Why did 17 million Indians leave India last year?Rediff.com13 Nov 2018
When 17 million Indians seek their fortune abroad it only means people are losing faith in the government's ability to honour its promises, says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
And they say there are no jobs...Rediff.com25 Oct 2018
'Sachin Pilot once calculated that with a million Indians flooding the labour market every month, only an additional 12 million jobs annually could keep unemployment at the same level.' 'That's chickenfeed for the functionaries who cram my e-mail inbox every day with such a constant flow of job offers that trying to empty it is like trying to drink dry the horn connected to the ocean in Norse mythology,' says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
The hypocrisy of Donald TrumpRediff.com18 Oct 2018
'None of his grandparents, and only one of his parents, was born in the US or spoke English as their mother tongue.' 'Of his three wives, one was born in Czechoslovakia and one in Slovenia.' 'Where would Trump have been if they, too, had 'rejected the ideology of globalism and embraced the doctrine of patriotism'?' asks Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Fake news has been around from Mahabharat timesRediff.com2 Sep 2018
The ultimate was surely Yudhishthira's immortal "Aswathama hatha...", followed by a whispered "iti narova kunjarova..."," says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
The world is waiting for Modi's secret prescriptionRediff.com18 Jun 2018
'India, he announced, is a "free, open, inclusive region" committed to the "common pursuit of progress and prosperity".' 'Prosperity yes. But free? Open?' 'Ask the Dalit tanner, the Muslim butcher, the Christian priest who writes pastoral letters.' 'Ask cattle traders of any religion or a Delhiwallah who enjoys a juicy steak.' 'Ask a Muslim who falls in love with a Hindu or vice versa,' says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Does Donald know the difference between statecraft and showbiz?Rediff.com25 May 2018
'Mr Trump is too capricious to be trusted,' says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Should Queen Elizabeth II win the Nobel Peace Prize?Rediff.com24 Apr 2018
'No one knows whether exposure to the Nobel process would be to her liking, or would benefit her symbolic position above the fray,' says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Oh, how Indians love protocol!Rediff.com27 Mar 2018
'Perhaps it isn't protocol at all, but power before which we abase ourselves,' says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Why are our neighbours wary?Rediff.com24 Mar 2018
Blackmail on one side and bullying on the other doesn't make for a constructive partnership, says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
The politics of vegetarianismRediff.com19 Mar 2018
'The non-vegetarian share of the population fell from 75 to 71 per cent between 2004 and 2014, no doubt in anticipation of the lotus blooming.' 'Three years of saffron authoritarianism may have thinned the non-vegetarian ranks even more,' says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Sorry, India's on the mobile pleaseRediff.com16 Feb 2018
'If the volume of ceaseless chatter causes surprise, so does the boorishness of many mobile users.' 'The richer an Indian, the more s/he rates phones over politeness. It screams status,' notes Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
What Rahul now needs to doRediff.com16 Dec 2017
'His prowess in Aikido -- a Japanese martial art that focuses on harmony with the opponent to peacefully resolve conflicts -- gives Rahul Gandhi an advantage that fanatical adversaries lack,' says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Why insistence on only one language must be resistedRediff.com5 Oct 2017
An insistence on only one language will inevitably be resented as a form of imperialism and resisted.
Why Mamata wants Bengal's colleges to be politics-freeRediff.com6 Jul 2017
'With the appeal of both the Left and the Congress fading, Banerjee fears the saffron brigade's inroads into her citadel,' says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Every 'scoop' is a leakRediff.com1 Jul 2017
'There is no evidence of newspapers and television channels ganging up to wage a coordinated war to expose the BSP, destroy the AIADMK, malign Kejriwal, discredit Lalu or defame Mamata.' 'But it's of interest that none of these exposes threatens the 12 states the BJP controls,' says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Modi, Erdogan and the dismantling of legacyRediff.com6 May 2017
Ataturk and Nehru, two liberal secular modernisers, are in peril of being disowned by their successors, says Sunanda K-Datta Ray.
Bangladesh is India's second best friendRediff.com8 Apr 2017
It's something to remember as New Delhi welcomes Sheikh Hasina, says Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla would have been India's futureRediff.com16 Mar 2017
Had the slain Indian-American engineer stayed in India, he would have earned less but his life might have been spared, Sunanda K Datta-Ray says, pondering the question of where one belongs.
What Modi can learn from AkhileshRediff.com15 Jan 2017
Narendra Modi can pick up a tip from the Samajwadi Party ramlila. If he doesn't want L K Advani as President, he might anoint him Bharatiya Bhishma Pitamah, suggests Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Alcohol ban is like demonetisationRediff.com6 Jan 2017
Sunanda K Datta-Ray considers them sound in theory, but incapable of making any dent in the corruption that is India's way of life.
What purpose does Swachh Bharat serve?Rediff.com20 Aug 2016
'Can anyone honestly say with hand on heart that our streets and office buildings, railways and other public spaces are any cleaner?'
Portugal: A backdoor for Bangladeshis into EURediff.com11 Jul 2016
Bangladeshis say it is easier in Portugal to get Residency papers, which give them access to all EU countries, reports Sunanda K Datta-Ray.
Budget doesn't have much for the youthRediff.com9 Mar 2016
'The strategies outlined in Jaitley's Budget won't create the millions of jobs needed to dispel the despair and cynicism of militant youth in the Red Corridor running from Nepal to Tamil Nadu.'
Bullet trains: Modi's extravagant gift to GujaratRediff.com15 Dec 2015
'Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train will not begin to address any of the many problems Indian Railways faces.'
The mystery of how the Islamic State makes its millionsRediff.com28 Nov 2015
Not with standing the Western nations' zeal to wage a war against the group, unless its source of funding is known and curbed, its rampage will likely continue.
India-Singapore trade has future but few hurdles may come in the wayRediff.com19 Sep 2015
Lee Hsien Loong's splendid victory in Singapore could be India's gain.
Is it the end of tolerance in India?Rediff.com27 Jun 2015
Bearing in mind how full India's pitcher is with ethnic and communal complexities, only the greatest circumspection can hold this country together in a willing union.
Indira Gandhi: Goddess and her terror turnRediff.com23 Jun 2015
Forty years after the declaration of Emergency by Indira Gandhi, the Sunanda K Datta-Ray recalls life when civil rights were suspended and press censorship was in force
Modi and the VHP will be shocked to read thisRediff.com27 Dec 2014
The Sangh Parivar forgets that not only is there no scriptural prohibition, venerable authorities in India held beef as both a desirable and an essential food, says Sunanda K Datta-Ray
3 reasons why India's rich stash money abroadRediff.com3 Nov 2014
Clearly, rich Indians have little confidence in India. Perhaps we are also chronically dishonest.