Sunday, 21 January, 2018

National Interest

An illustration depicting Jignesh Mevani

Does Jignesh Mevani have it in him to become Kanshi Ram 2.0?

Kanshi Ram was a Dalit Kautilya from Punjab who built the heartland’s Mayawati as his Chandragupta. It’s a good playbook for Jignesh Mevani, if he has the skill and ambition.
Illustration by Pealidezine

मध्यान्तर के बाद, प्रधानमंत्री मोदी के आंसू देते हैं उनके इरादों का पता

अब 2019 लोकसभा चुनाव तक विकास नहीं बल्कि राष्ट्रवाद, हिंदुत्व और भ्रष्टाचार के खिलाफ जंग के इर्दगिर्द घूमेगी मोदी की राजनीति.
Illustration by Pealidezine

Not growth & jobs but nationalism, Hindutva, corruption will drive Modi’s push to 2019

The BJP’s close shave in Gujarat, and not the sweep in Uttar Pradesh, will shape the party’s strategy. Growth, jobs, and achche din will be mere afterthoughts.
चित्रण/ पीयाली डिज़ाइन

क्या भ्रष्टाचार और सजा की जात होती है? बड़े-बड़े मामलों का मूल्यांकन तो यही...

क्या ‘निचली’ जातियों और समूहूों के नेता ज्यादा भ्रष्ट होते हैं? यह सवाल तब भी उठा था जब एक मुकदमे में लालू यादव के खिलाफ फैसला आया था.
Illustration by PealiDezine

Are leaders from ‘lower’ castes and subaltern groups more corrupt?

An inconvenient question two days after A. Raja and Kanimozhi are acquitted, and on the day Lalu Prasad Yadav is convicted and Jagannath Mishra is acquitted.
Amit Shah and Narendra Modi

आखिर गुजरात में भाजपा क्यों ‘नरभसा’ गई है

गुजरात में 22 सालों से सत्ता में रह चुकी पार्टी दोयम दर्जे के खिलाड़ी के तौर लड़ रही है, जो अपने उपलब्धियों की जगह गांधी परिवार को मुद्दा बना रही है
Surat campaign

BJP is furious, nervous in Gujarat & has itself to blame

BJP’s Gujarat campaign is a nervous paradox of a double-incumbent fighting like an underdog, making the Gandhi dynasty and not its own performance the issue.
Former Prime Minister IK Gujral with his wife Sheila Gujral at a seminar

I.K. Gujral: An accidental PM, who also dealt with Pakistan’s first nuclear blackmail

Gujral’s death anniversary passed unnoticed this week. There are two great mysteries of his times, one involving chemical weapons, the other, nukes.
Former President Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting Padma Vibhushan Award to Justice (Dr.) A.S. Anand

Why we killed a ‘blockbuster’ story about Justice Anand

Former CJI A.S. Anand passed away on Saturday. He featured prominently in this ‘National Interest’ on the health of the judiciary, and a tough lesson in an editor’s life.
Illustration showing Rahul Gandhi and a temple in the background

Rahul Gandhi is making his father’s Shah Bano-Ayodhya mistakes and fighting the war on...

Rahul Gandhi is playing to the BJP’s Hindutva strengths. It’s a blunder his dad committed too, and the party’s never recovered.
Factory

Data says India’s industrial production is surging, but some decoding is needed

If taken seriously, India's Index of Industrial Production could give an incorrect impression about the state of affairs across industries to policy makers.

Gujarat Elections 2017

A graphic showing newspapers The Hindu, The Indian Express and President APJ Abdul Kalam

When one Indian newspaper handed over its big scoop to a rival

It was the only way to ensure the story wasn't killed. And Spielberg's latest, The Post, brings it back to me.
Former CAG Vinod Rai who A Raja has alleged was a vigilante

Talk Point: Was former CAG Vinod Rai a ‘vigilante’, or was he India’s ‘conscience keeper’?

Andimuthu Raja, the former telecom minister who was recently acquitted in the 2G scam trial, has alleged in a new book that the entire episode was the opposition’s attempt to bring down the UPA-II.