Wednesday, 21 February, 2018

National Interest

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.

Narendra Modi has to take risks like Rajiv Gandhi on defence deals, or he’ll...

That’s what Narendra Modi has to do and launch defence modernisation like Rajiv Gandhi in 1985-89, but with lessons learnt.
Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi at 100: Why She Still Rules India

Indira believed in statist, povertarian economics and crush-the-opposition-to-dust “Total Politics”. If both ideas thrive under Modi now, she still rules our minds.
‘Judges bribery’ allegations: SC to take a call on petition Tuesday

Justice With Judiciousness

Judiciary faces threats, some of its own making. It should debate its internal health, wisdom of judicial vigilantism from cricket to MCI to Sikh jokes and temple affairs
Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi smog

Politics, with a dollop of Even-Oddium Sulphate

We haven’t lost it. No virus garbled this headline. Suck Delhi’s killer air, recall Vidya Balan’s immortal but unprintable human chemistry lesson from Ishqiya, and you will get it.
Lines in front of banks after demonetisation

Charge of the Believer Brigade

The original promise of demonetisation has evaporated. We didn't deserve to be hit by a 1,100-volt shock just to switch to digital payments.
An image showing RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Narendra Modi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Catch-23 Economics, Catch-24 Politics

Caught between wanting to be an ideal swayamsevak like Mohan Bhagwat, and a moderniser like Vajpayee, Prime Minister Modi could become an Indira-like statist.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta.

TalkPoint: Is it impossible to fix India’s disastrous PSU banks?

Experts weigh in on the astounding 11,000 crore fraud in Punjab National Bank and how it reflects on the state of public sector banks in India.
Illustration by Peali Dezine on bank privatisation

If Modi wants a real legacy, he must undo Indira Gandhi’s disastrous bank nationalisation

From Jimmy Nagarwala’s Rs 60 lakh from SBI to Nirav Modi’s Rs 11,000 crore-plus from PNB, India has a 47-year record of scams in govt banks. Why do all govts still love them?

Gujarat Elections 2017