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- Karnataka Politics & The Colony Of Thugs
Karnataka politics was always turbulent and this is just another cyclone it is going through.
- Liberal Nationalism
Liberal nationalism is the only form of nationalism that respects an individual on his/her merits; not on that individual's race, religion, ancestry or place of
- Pakistan Ripe for Another Coup?
The next few months and years will be a trying time for South Asia, especially India.
- Ayodhya Verdict - A Wasted Opportunity
Let's face it - today's verdict doesn't close this chapter. It doesn't leave us in any better position than we were yesterday.
- The Common Shame Games of India
Could the cause be lack of portable loos near construction sites or just plain resentment on the part of the poor overworked labour class?
- Looking Afresh at Kashmir - Intrinsic, Prudential or Systemic?
Every academic argument made so far has already been made before, and tried in some way, shape or form.
- Is Omar Abdullah A Liability?
Whatever is happening in Kashmir since the beginning of June is certainly embarrassing for the peace loving Kashmiris and democracy at large.
- Our Prime Minister Is Not Losing His Sleep Anymore
Conspiracy or no conspiracy, things are not going the way they should and I have my concerns.
- The Best Prime Minister of India
When Narasimha Rao got to the stage, the damage had already been done.
- Supplying Our Backsides
In India the whole system seems to work on a simple philosophy – a lot should go into the system with too little coming out
- The Best Circus Of India
Our parliament with its five hundred odd performers is better than all other circuses of the world put together.
- Rahul Gandhi Takes a Left Turn
What is curious and perhaps dangerous for India, is the garb that Mr. Gandhi decided to wear as the protector of the poor.
- Issues With The UID Project (Aadhaar)
Undemocratic process for project initiation and development; civil liberties; benefits and efficiency; technology; and Costs and Finance
- Proud To Be Unpatriotic
If a bad policy is harming the nation then it could be said that criticising the government is the most patriotic thing in the world.
- Poetry: The Wrath of Water
silence cascades from under the minarets / the walking dead, doleful and diffident wander aimlessly
- Independence Day - Just Another 24 Hours
Are we valuing our independence? For that matter, did we ever value it to begin with?
- Defending The Indefensible
What do you do when you are caught with your pants down?
- Why We Will Never Let Kashmir Go
India is the young Gir lion, roaring its might to the world, its end nowhere in sight.
- A Tale of Two Men
Why is Amit Shah being referred to as ‘Modi’s Man’ while Sajjan Kumar has never been honored as ‘Rajiv’s Man’?
- Broken Tigers
We are not defined by the things we can replace, but how we care for the things we cannot
- Which Bandh Was it - Bharat, India Or Hindustan?
Keeping aside the name of the Bandh or the minor suffering I had to go through, I do have my own set of perceptions for
- PILfering Justice
While the National Litigation Policy comes down hard on govt servants and lawyers, it views Public Interest Litigations as a nuisance
- Book Review: Open Government
Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice
- Delusional in Afghanistan
The quagmire in Afghanistan, deepened by the decision to commit 30,000 more soldiers by President Obama is anything but farce.
- Bhopal : A Gas Tragedy
I always thought for 2010 the biggest national shame would be the Commonwealth Games, but was proven wrong
- Right to Information, State Accountability, and Wikileaks
There is natural tension between the State and the public on the question of transparency. Authoritarian states by definition limit access to information.
- The BJP's Revivalism
The BJP is one party which has the potential, the gumption and the foresight to lead the country from the front.
- Of Desis, Settlers and Flotillas in Israel
Even if the success rate is high, time is against those Israelis who believe that might is right and they will always get their way.
- Security Is A Comedy In India
The death of 140 odd passengers of a Mumbai bound train early Friday made us revisit the question all over...
- Mr. Prime Minister, You've Disappointed Us Again
Torture or no torture, the whole media briefing needs to be forgotten in a hurry
- Salutations to Comrade Jyoti Basu - An Intergenerational Tribute
How many Chief Ministers in India in the future will be appreciative of the very subtle and abstract humour of PG Wodehouse?
- A Developing Turdistan?
India is possibly the only country in the world where humans bare their bums in reasonably full public view
- Unique Identification Number: The Politics of Privacy and Information
The new power is not money in the hands of the few, but information in the hands of the government.
- Clueless in Kochi
Tharoor's inexhaustible capacity for self-destruction notwithstanding, sacking him was a mistake
- Demolishing Homes in Delhi
The State is systematically disenfranchising the weakest sections of the society
- Tharoor, Sania, IPL, and Other National Distractions
People in public office should focus their attention on matters of public concern rather than being a constant distraction, twittering their foibles or phoning them
- Nobody Cares About The Tribals or Our Jawans
Let us move to Reconstruction and circumvent the Civil War.
- Will the Higher Education Bill Help The Education Sector?
Given these constraints, a lot of critics have rightly pointed out that only the B and C grade universities from the western world will be
- Amar Singh, Amitabh Bachchan and the Worli Sea Link Controversy
The Congress has revealed its farcical image by condemning Big B, by its petty mind games.
- Why China Needs Double Digit Growth, Part II
It is clear that neither can China afford to beggar the US nor can it ignore it.
- Why China Needs Double Digit Growth, Part I
The one thing that bites a country that has a lopsided trade balance towards exports is the currency exchange rate.
- A Gathering Storm - How the UID Project Will Tranform India Into a Police State
Various initiatives within the government are converging to transform India into a classic police state.
- Systems Thinking and Counter-intuitive Nature of Social Systems
Is there a limitation in the way humans perceive social problems?
- Tarbela Dam & Karkoram Highway Threatened in Pakistan
The question that should be boggling every Indian’s mind is how can India help?
- Obama's Curse
He is seen as the preacher-in-chief rather than the commander-in-chief.
- Counterpoint: Why Women's Reservation is a (Unreservedly) Good Idea
Women's reservation has been a long-time coming. This bill may not be the best or only solution to empowering women. But let not the perfect
- Officials Given Prison Terms for Preventing Flow of Pollutants into a river
Dereliction of duty and not setting up a sewage treatment plant
- India and Pakistan - Future Scenarios
Can such an eventuality occur in the Indian Subcontinent?
- Politics of Identity - A Discussion on the UID Project
The UID project is one of the most ambitious programs in India, without precedence or parallel anywhere in the world.
- The Changing Geopolitics of South Asia
It looks like Deja vu all over again.
- Poetry: West Midnapore
somebody cut open the sun people looked in awe at the lame mind...
- United Nations' “Voodoo Science”: Churned by Jealous Advocacy Groups
India has walked out of UN body for Climate Control. It should also walk out of UNIFEM.
- It's Cool To Be Free
Liberalism is NOT a dirty word
- Free Countries and Lower Cost of Debt
The more the political rights, the more free the country, the lower are the costs of debt for firms.
- China - Censored Growth
China is certainly miles ahead economically and militarily, but India and Indians have their hearts in place.
- The World Awakens to China
These seem to point to a new belligerent attitude of the Chinese who are ready to flex their muscles to indicate that they have arrived