Monday, 20 August, 2018


Sharp and latest opinion on politics, policy and current affairs.

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 ...

Why do the poor in India vote for Right-wing parties like the BJP?

The poor’s support of Right-wing parties is puzzling as they are choosing parties that work against their economic interests.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

What Modi can learn from French President Macron

President Macron has been called the equivalent of a ‘suit-boot sarkar’ but he has taken concrete steps to fasten France’s economic growth.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Vajpayee’s ‘insaniyat’ remark wasn’t one-off, his team worked on Kashmir for years

Vajpayee initiated the process of dialogue with Kashmiri separatists, which was carried forward by his successor Manmohan Singh.

My encounters with Vajpayee, a statesman who could smile even in a tough situation

Four instances that give different insights into the mind of a great human being who was also a favourite of political journalists.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation on the 72nd Independence Day, in New Delhi | PTI

Dear PM Modi, just 3 female judges in the Supreme Court is no cause for celebration

Women judges are routinely passed over for promotions, making it impossible for them to move into bigger roles.
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee | PTI

Like Narendra Modi, Vajpayee’s personal popularity was bigger than BJP

Vajpayee must be credited for recognising the changes that were taking place in Indian politics and helping the BJP adapt to them.
File photo of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee | PTI

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was called the ‘right man in the wrong party’, but he was the party...

The BJP, which is in power at the Centre and in more than 21 states today, will miss the 'right man' Vajpayee.

That China loan looks easy for Pakistan but there might be a big price to pay

From Beijing’s perspective, there’s little downside to rolling over a few bad debts. But for Pakistan, the stakes are much higher.
Representational image | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Anti-corruption activists rarely pay attention to the role of middlemen in India

A key ingredient in corruption is the middlemen. But there is little understanding of what conditions make their role important to corrupt transactions.

Indian Army reforms: Cutting administrative flab or needless downsizing?

Army chief General Bipin Rawat is set to issue orders to reduce personnel at the Army Headquarters (AHQ) in New Delhi. The move is being viewed as an indirect a...
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.