Friday, 23 February, 2018

National Interest

Indira Gandhi and an image of the 1984 riots in Delhi

33 years ago, this day: burning flesh, smoking city, a nightmare lived—and reported

The anti-Sikh riots weren’t communal in the classical sense. It was 3 days of furlough given to criminals by police, government, and Congress.
The latest volume of Pranab Mukherjee's memoirs is uncharacteristically self-serving and opaque.

Dada Don’t Preach

Pranab Mukherjee is the ‘Bhishma Pitamah’ of Indian public life. The third volume of his political memoir is self-serving, hides too much and uses uncharacteristic innuendo.
Graphic of Delhi air pollution and Bobby

Mujhe Kuchh Karna Hai

Delhi air is at gas-chamber levels despite the well-intended activist-judicial complex’s “we must do something” ban on the sale of crackers, old vehicles, etc.
The Narendra Modi government has invested too much time and capital to further its political conquest.

Riding A One-Trick War Horse

The Narendra Modi government has invested too much time and capital to further its political conquest. Today's crisis shows it may be left with too little time in this term to refocus on governance.
The air is thick with doubts, economic stress is hurting and for the first time since his rise in 2013, the PM Narendra Modi is fighting back.

There Is Something In The Air

It isn’t what you think. Political winds haven’t shifted yet. But the air is thick with doubts, economic stress is hurting and for the first time since his rise in 2013, the PM is fighting back.
If deterrence was the objective of these audacious surgical strikes, it hasn't been achieved yet.

Post-operation Prognosis

If on the surgical strikes anniversary we are still arguing whether or not these happened as claimed, and not what these achieved since, it shows a shrinking of our strategic minds.
The notion that young Indians leading liberated lives are asking for trouble needs revisiting after the Punjab & Haryana HC bail order in a gangrape case.

Anyone here been raped and likes sex?

And smokes, drinks and has condoms in her room? Notion that young Indians leading liberated lives are asking for trouble needs revisiting.
Indians react strongly to major infrastructure projects like the bullet train deal signed by India and Japan

Homeopathy as Ideology

Criticism of the bullet train project shows our fear of scale is like mass hypochondria, where we fear real medicine and drift on with dainty, sweet, ineffectual pills.

Death for Disagreement

While Gauri Lankesh's killers are brought to justice, her courage and sacrifice should also shock our violent and abusive discourse back to civility.
A sketch depicts Amit Shah with pictures of Veer Savarkar, Chanakya and Kamraj in the background.

Rise of the Party Commissar

Fifty years after Kamaraj, Amit Shah is the first truly powerful chief of a ruling party. Watch this cabinet reshuffle for evidence.

The intellectual origin of India’s Cold Start doctrine lies in General K. Sundarji

A Cold Start doctrine would only have been possible if the given equipment and thinking was already available, and that is where Gen K Sundarji must be credited.
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