Saturday, 18 November, 2017


Nehru Seated

Nehru’s belief in science fuelled India’s ‘audacious’ space programme

Nehru’s closeness to Vikram Sarabhai and Homi Bhabha, and his belief in science, were behind India’s space and atomic programmes.
Xi Jinping addressing the conference in Beijing

The emerging ‘Quad’ in the Indo-Pacific, and how it can counter China

Apprehensions about China have brought back the idea of the ‘Quad’ of democratic nations – US, Japan, India, and Australia – about 10 years after it was mooted.
A photo showing a road being paved in Gujarat

Potholes are shaping the election rhetoric in Gujarat

This year the roads in Gujarat were in an unusually bad shape, and people stormed social media, the favourite platform of the BJP, to express their grievances.
Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma

Miles to go before he sleeps: Dineshwar Sharma’s visit to Kashmir wasn’t a great...

Many in Kashmir viewed interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma’s first visit with scepticism, and a lot more needs to be done to achieve a thaw.
Anti-doping row: BCCI’s stance feels immoral to an ardent fan

Anti-doping row: BCCI’s stance feels immoral to an ardent fan

The BCCI says it follows the ICC anti-doping code, and that NADA has no jurisdiction over it because it is not a national sports federation.
People at the parade with flags and charts

Selfies are all well, but the pride parade means so much more

The pride parade is not a place to express excesses or fantasies without understanding the context. It is not a circus displayed for pleasure.
Kamal Haasan smiling at mics

Kamal Haasan is in politics to occupy space left behind by Jayalalithaa

Time will tell if Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth will join hands to create a third front. But TN politics will remain regional; BJP & Congress won’t get in.

If judiciary can’t get its act together, then god save India

What happened at the Supreme Court in the last two days, specifically what transpired in Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra's court.
Modi giving a speech

Why we called this election Modi vs Modi

It is not BJP vs the Congress, or Modi vs Soniaben. Narendra Modi's own voters will decide whether to re-elect or defeat him.
‘Judges bribery’ allegations: SC to take a call on petition Tuesday

Fracas in Supreme Court: There’s deep distrust at the top

In my fifth decade of practice at the Supreme Court, it is difficult to recall any moment as ugly and demoralising as these two days.
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.
An illustration of Modi wearing a hat

Rating the raters

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.
Shoe shop

Talk Point: The regulatory philosophy of NAPA replaces the invisible hand of the market

Anti-profiteering measures enshrined in the GST law round the circle by already providing an institutional mechanism to ensure that the full benefits of reduced tax rates flow through to the consumer.