Monday, 28 May, 2018

National Interest

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 कहता है

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
Narendra Modi

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 BJP’s terms

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 stall

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.
shahid aziz

From key Pakistani general to ISIS terrorist ‘killed’ in Jihad, the chilling saga of Shahid Aziz

An army cannot afford to allow so many ideologically motivated hardliners to rise to senior ranks and to freelance on behalf of their ideology after retirement.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta

How should the Indian army ethos handle Major Gogoi’s case?

Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat has said that 'exemplary punishment' will be given to Major Leetul Gogoi, if he is found guilty of violation of Army rules. Experts weigh in.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

The barely told stories of Indian and Pakistani spies making peace while waging war

Some untold or barely told stories of Indian and Pakistani spymasters making peace on the sidelines of war.