Sunday, 19 August, 2018

National Interest

Illustration by Peali Dezine

Lenin’s dead and desecrated. But rules on in Indian economic thought, from Rahul to Modi

The Left is on its political deathbed but its economic ideology still rules India, with Narendra Modi its newest torchbearer.
Nirav Modi and Narendra Modi

Change that headline: How Nirav Modi had to make way for Narendra Modi

If big politics is now mostly about headline management, BJP has emerged its unassailable practitioner.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

With ‘just two slaps’ at the CM’s home a huge blow dealt to politician-civil serva...

Fights between politicians and civil servants aren’t new. Physical violence in a CM’s residence is a new low.
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?
A graphic showing Narendra Modi and Parliament

Modi without 272 isn’t Modi, and that’s why he’s kicked off the 2019 campaign

Modi is a constant campaigner. His focus on the Congress may have looked over the top, but there is a purpose to his excess.
graphic with Arun Jaitley and Bombay Stock ex building

Middle of Nowhere Class: When just 2.56% pay 100% of India’s income tax & govt wants more

Governments treat the middle classes rudely and squeeze taxes out of them as they are the usual suspects – without lobbies or electoral power.
A graphic showing Narendra Modi and the World Economic Forum at Davos

When Modi goes to the mountain: Nice speech but India’s ‘rise’ at Davos is still mere ta...

This world wants to see hard power, not counsel. India at Davos will remain a mutual admiration society until only Indians fill the halls at India sessions while the world gives a miss.
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.
A graphic showing the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph‬‬, and Madan Lokur

अब गेंद मुख्य न्यायाधीश दीपक मिश्रा के पाले में

बयानबाजी से बचने की न्यायपालिका की अघोषित अचार संहिता को तोड़कर जजों ने जो संकट पैदा किया है वह क्या मोड़ लेगा, यह मुख्य न्यायाधीश दीपक मिश्रा पर निर्भर है.
A graphic showing the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph‬‬, and Madan Lokur

What CJI Misra does this weekend will decide the future of Indian judiciary

The four judges have shattered the judiciary’s code of silence. How this crisis ends is up to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
Imran Khan takes oath as Pakistan's Prime Minister today | PTI/Twitter

Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan is set to end the grip of VIP culture on politics

Khan’s announcements to give up official residence and convoy of cars is already having a transformative impact on his followers in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ...
Imran Khan, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Nawaz Shariff

Outing a personal secret as a lesson for Imran: Featuring Vajpayee, Nawaz & a bit of me

Nawaz Sharif made a dramatic bid for peace with Vajpayee but was tripped by Pakistan’s army. It won’t be different for Imran.