• The politics of charisma makes a comeback after 30 years 2 days ago

    Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's passing away was supposed to be the end of charismatic politics. Her hold on people was so mesmerizing that she could get people elected regardless of their credentials. With total power over party and cabinet she privileged personal loyalty over allegiance to the Constitution. India's democratic...
  • Spot the difference between media cover-up of the 1984 and 2002 riots

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Reverence in the media to those in authority and a tendency to fall in line, allows those indulging in political mass murders to escape justice...

  • Using the law to roll out illiberality

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    The decision of a publisher to settle a civil defamation suit and stop selling a book on Hinduism is a celebration of the liberal principle,...

  • Honest politics is AAP's economic policy: Kejriwal

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    (Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal spoke at the Confederation of Indian Industry's national council meeting in Delhi on Monday (17 February, 2014). He clarified...

  • Expect grand statements, nothing more from interim budget: Expert February 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Senior journalist and economic policy expert Vivian Fernandes expects that the outgoing government may make some grand statements of intent during the presentation of Vote on Account on Monday. He feels that the government will always use the opportunity to present its view especially since it has the...
  • Kejriwal must force open access to cut power tariffs, policing through CAG will not help

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Between 2008 and 2012, 1.32 lakh crore (or 1.32 trillion) units of power were sold in the country at an average wholesale prices of Rs...

  • Media has been unrelenting after Muzaffarnagar riots; it was inert before

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    'The media is the voice of the voiceless. It did a splendid job on the Muzaffarnagar riots,' but if it had seen a pattern in...

  • A grievance redress system for Kejriwal

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Having read about the chaos at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's janta darbar on the streets, I recommend Lokvani, an Internet-based grievance redress system which...

  • AAP disdains private partnerships but is best suited to make them work

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    I would like to believe that the Aam Aadmi Party is an alternative that combines honest politics with a responsible attitude to public finances. Well-wishers...

  • Why Communists Hesitate To Step On Mulayam's Blue Suede Shoes

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    If the riots that happened in Muzzafarnagar had occurred in Gujarat instead, we would have had no respite from the Communist cacophony. There would have...

  • AAP should ensure it cannot be business as usual

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Some of us who voted for the Aam Aadmi Party did so hoping it would gain enough seats to become a pain in the side...

  • Ganguly, Tejpal Sex Offences: Is Terminology Aggravating The Outrage?

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    (First a request: It has become fashionable to hunt in packs. My intention is to provoke without being provocative. If you think I am wrong...

  • Can Aam Aadmi Party's Mohalla Sabhas work?

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    CNN-IBN's Bhupendra Chaubey and his journalist co-panelists were dubious in their discussion, on the morning that Delhi went to vote, about mohalla sabhas or neighbourhood...

  • Safe media workplaces are no concession to women; they are essential for productive work

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Workplaces free of sexual harassment are not just meant to uphold constitutional rights; they a necessary condition of service or employment to enable women to...

  • Australian and African mineral discoveries point to India's buried riches

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    While the consequences of the Supreme Court's wrath over rampant illegal mining in Karnataka and Goa are fairly obvious in terms of lost jobs, impaired...