Wednesday, 25 May, 2022
TopicIndira Gandhi

Topic: Indira Gandhi

If Lallu is brighter than Mohan…?

The question that found solution to India's most difficult political problem: too much stability

The first sign a government is losing its nerve

In my book, one of the first tell-tale symptoms of a government losing its nerve is when it starts attacking news media.

The Class of 1975

Why I call the emergency a university of democratisation: just take a look at its major graduates, right up to Narendra Modi.

Iron Lady’s rethink: Martyr, patriot, reformer?

While Indira Gandhi has been deservedly given a place in history, could it be that we have not yet fully appreciated her intellect and prescience on economic and foreign policies.

Winning 1971 again

The East Pakistani revolt has to be seen not just as a Bengali challenge to the politically and militarily dominant Punjabi West, but also as a questioning of the two-nation theory.

The idea of Indira

Mrs Gandhi was no doctrinaire figure, with all her wisdom or ideas inherited from her father. She changed and evolved, often for the better, sometimes not quite so

Walking to global high table, baby step by baby step

Explaining the last round of his half-yearly credit policies, RBI governor Y V Reddy had used an interesting expression, "baby steps", to explain his...

The Ordinance Factory

The ordinance-mania is back in fashion. The recourse to amending the law or writing fresh legislation is a tempting escape for politicians from constitutional checks and balances.

A hotline to Burkina Faso

The last thing we need is the return of that old, suspicious, paranoid third-worldist rhetoric when the western world is actually worrying about us taking away their skilled jobs.

Politics in past tense

If you are so obsessed with the past, you cannot really leave it behind.

On Camera


US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and US President Joe Biden at the Quad Summit, in Tokyo, Tuesday | ANI

Quad action against ‘illegal fishing’ may also target China’s Indo-Pacific ‘political activities’

Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness will use advanced & integrated satellite imagery & technology to combat illegal fishing & 'dubious operations' of Chinese maritime militia.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.