• An Open Letter to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

    The Other |  Nadim Asrar
    Dear Sir, You cannot be more 'right', pun vehemently intended. I am one of the many today outraged by your remarks that rapes happen ...

  • Ayodhya 1992, Gujarat 2002, Mumbai 2012

    The Other |  Nadim Asrar
    Two decades is almost a third of the journey that independent India has covered since 1947. It's been a long journey, chequered with events that...

  • When your name becomes your worst enemy

    The Other |  Nadim Asrar
    A research officer from the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences was recently harassed in Hyderabad while he worked on a report on terror cases...

  • The Fareed Zakaria episode and the hypocrisy of American media

    The Other |  Nadim Asrar
    In a piece Fareed Zakaria wrote for Time on gun control after the tragic Wisconsin gurdwara massacre, he lifted a passage from Harvard University history...

  • Modi tops 'No' list in Time magazine poll April 9, 2012

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has finished third in the Time magazine's global poll on the 100 most influential people. The two who got ahead of Modi are a group of hackers called Anonymous and anti-piracy law champion Eric Martin after a nail-biting finish. However, what may have disappointed Modi...
  • Time of his life: has US finally embraced Modi? April 4, 2012

    William J Antholis, Managing Director of The Brookings Institution, on March 16, 2012 wrote the following about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the institute's website: "I came away thinking that this was a man America needed to know better. He may never be able to move past his role...
  • Opinion: while politicians fight, India keeps growing March 29, 2012

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was...
  • How does Rahul tackle the Modi threat in 2014? March 22, 2012

    The Time magazine recently, through a controversial cover story on the BJP mascot and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, made the argument that Modi may be the biggest threat Congress leader Rahul Gandhi would face in the 2014 general elections. "Modi, 61, is perhaps the only contender with the track...
  • Be a good CM, Mamata-di, you're not the PM February 28, 2012

    Is Mamata Banerjee more powerful than the Prime Minister of India? What mandate does she have? Should a whimsical politician, for her whimsical gains, be allowed to have a free run, devoid of any accountability? Isn't the fact that an ally holding the government to ransom, thereby stalling crucial policy...
  • Opinion: Will it be Rahul Vs Priyanka? February 16, 2012

    It's a choice that a lot of people may have to make. One of them is the heir apparent in a democracy, itself a contradiction in terms. The other radiates charm and capability in a way that remind people of her grandmother. Neither has been tested yet. Only one of...
  • Common People Show that Uncommon Courage Wins December 15, 2011

    Who is an idol? If we look at the question the way a celebrity-obsessed, media-driven culture wants us to, its answer becomes simple: an idol is somebody we know ('we' here standing for the urban middle class which has set a certain standard for its idols, and those fitting in...
  • How Heroic Were Our Court Verdicts December 15, 2011

    When the courts of law are counted as 'heroes' of the year in an annual list, it may mean two things. One, the judiciary in the country is generally 'non-heroic', or non-performing. In other words, it was in the year 2011 only that the courts across the nation got their...
  • Sainik School Tilaiya: an insider's tale

    The Other |  Nadim Asrar
    It's my favourite story from the Sainik School Tilaiya days. It was around 2 am on a cold December night in 1989. The asbestos roof...

  • An open letter to Americans on a decade of 9/11

    The Other |  Nadim Asrar
    Dear friends and comrades, As I write this, television screens all over the world are already flashing their 'exclusive' coverage of the Big Sunday ...

  • Why globalisation is no antithesis of Hindutva August 1, 2011

    Two things happened twenty years ago. Manmohan Singh was brought from Genevas economic think-tank South Centre and appointed finance minister in a deal forced upon India by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) when the agency was approached to bail the nation out of its debt crisis. Singh supervised the transition...