Monday, 20 November, 2017


A truck taking troops and portrait of Shaitan Singh

This day in 1962, at Rezangla, Ladakh

In the darkness of defeat in the east, just over a hundred soldiers of 13 Kumaon fought to the last man. Revisiting a poignant moment of courage on the western front.
Rahul Gandhi at a temple in Gujarat

Congress is belatedly trying to shed the image of being ‘Latif’s party’ in Gujarat

With a real chance of victory at such close range for the first time, a reinvention has become imperative for the Congress party.
Supreme Court

There are some things even the Supreme Court shouldn’t be allowed to change

SC itself has held that certain features of THE Constitution can’t be amended by Parliament; it should be the same when it comes to its own functioning.
A vegetable market along train tracks

Moody’s rating upgrade won’t give India’s image a makeover

There's little that may change in the Indian economy because of the Moody's sovereign rating upgrade. It shouldn't take the focus off economic reform.
An illustration of Modi wearing a hat

Rating the raters

Ratings aren't the last word on anything but the sovereign rating upgrade by Moody's is undoubtedly a shot in the arm for the Modi government. 
Mohammad Bin Salman at a conference

The MBS-backed royal purge in Saudi Arabia is a watershed moment in the Islamic...

Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has the potential of putting his stamp on Saudi Arabia, the region and the Islamic world for decades to come.
Retired Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif salutes at a ceremony

Pakistan Army can’t stay out of politics because it thinks it’s the nation’s saviour

The Pakistani military continues to re-engineer politics by removing undesirable politicians and advancing the careers of civilians considered more pliable.

The battle over Padmavati is pointless, but a win-win for all its participants

For the Hindu Right, the controversy over the film keeps the akhand jyoti of Hindu-Muslim conflict burning at a time when election season is beginning to pick up.
Indira Gandhi receives garlands of flowers from people after winning the 1980 elections

100 years on: The Idea of Indira

Indira Gandhi, whose centenary birth anniversary falls this Sunday, was as complex a public figure as fascinating. Or a three-in-one leader in her different tenures.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat delivering a speech.

RSS may remind Muslims of their Hindu ancestry, but will never truly accept them

Earlier this month at a Kolkata event, the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat expressed his opposition to the recommendations of the Sachar Commission Report, but the connection he tries to establish between converted Muslims and Sachar Report is a deliberate attempt to mislead.
Indira Gandhi with her younger son Sanjay

The Pink Curse of Indiranomics

Indira’s was a ruder Socialism than her father’s. Hers was a unique socialist-populism which we call povertarianism. Iron Lady realised, but too late, that she had erred.

Gujarat Elections 2017

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.