Wednesday, 15 August, 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 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
A file photo of Prime Minister 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.

Finally, Bollywood has courage to look at Muslims as regular Indians & not terrorists

Anubhav Sinha's Mulk breaks Bollywood’s Sunny Deol-ised mould of the Muslim as a terrorist. It makes you feel an ordinary Muslim family’s fears, dilemmas and anger.