Politics

  • Is the Indian youth actually ready to take over?

    Under the radar |  Rishabh Madhavendra Pratap
    Are you a music freak? Do you listen to songs while travelling or while working on your workstation or reading novels? Have you ever thought...

  • Is Kerala losing form like Sachin Tendulkar?

    The other India |  Debraj Bhattacharya
    It is well-known that Kerala is India's Sachin Tendulkar when comes to progress in Human Development. Over the last two decades it has made giant...

  • Should Muslim girls below 18 be allowed to marry? Detective Kutty investigates

    Life As It Is |  Rajesh Kumar
    If you are a woman in India, there are quite a few things you need to do to get married, legally married. The most important...

  • Railway finances off track, why is railway going slow on defaulters?

    Simply Put |  Marya Shakil
    Rising inflation, falling rupee, rising home loans, fuel hike and an indication coming from railways of a passenger fare hike. Can the UPA II get...

  • In search of the modern Hindu

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    Its time to liberate Hinduism from politics "I was born Hindu, and I am a nationalist. So you can call me a Hindu nationalist." ...

  • Will Sonia take a leaf out of Indira Gandhi's book and go for snap polls?

    Fresh air |  Vivek Sengupta
    Since India is a parliamentary democracy, there is always the possibility of a party, precariously in power, seeking to consolidate its position by calling a...

  • An Honest Soliloquy

    Kindred mind |  Ayushman Jamwal
    They say I am powerful, They say I am eloquent, They say I am wealthy. Yet I am feeble, I do not believe, I ...

  • Can Arvind Kejriwal be an alternative?

    Anupam's Space |  Anupam Shrivastava
    If Arvind Kejriwal becomes MP in 2014 then it will a fresh start for 'Parliamentary Democracy'. All great political leaders are crying for Parliamentary Democracy...

  • Mamata Banerjee on Facebook: 'Like', 'share' or 'hide from Timeline'?

    Begging Your Pardon |  Rituparna Chatterjee
    The needle on my irony meter is quivering at 'maximum' as I write this post. A month ago Mamata Banerjee was upset about a cartoon...

  • Why 'Chanakya' Pyari's attempt at toppling Naveen failed

    Odisha Direct |  Jajati Karan
    Though Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, the BJD MP and chief advisor to Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, was at the helm of affairs in the BJD...

  • Power Wars

    Deep Blue |  Deepa Balakrishnan
    A regimen of disbelief When you attend any event surrounding B S Yeddyurappa, you'd be surprised by the stubborn disbelief over the fact that ...

  • Jaya's first year in this tenure has been eventful

    Balancing act |  Meenakshi Mahadevan
    It was Friday the 13th in May last year - the day the whole of Tamil Nadu had been waiting for with hope and expecting...

  • The 7 days that changed the way I look at Maldives

    Faulty Altie |  Altamash Hashmi
    It has been more than two months since the Maldivian island experienced political turmoil but the scars of the crisis still seem to run deep....

  • A rape of the senses in Kolkata

    Kolkata Colloquies |  Priyanka Gupta
    'How can a mother of two leave behind her children and go to a bar to drink?' 'She is a divorcee, she drinks beer, ...

  • Longing for Kanshiram

    After the Break |  Ashutosh
    It's election time in Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati is trying hard to get back to power. However, whenever I think of Maya, my thoughts go to...

  • Politics of shakti

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    Decoding amma, didi, behnji and madam. Respect the Trinamool Congress, or else, warns the Ma Durga of West Bengal. Accept that Tamil Nadu operates ...

  • The chaos India has become

    Master and a glass of Margarita |  Tathagata Bhattacharya
    Looking at the state of the Indian Union and the polity that governs it, one is prompted to dig Henry B Adams out of his...

  • The Rath Yatra Returns- Part 2

    Unapologetically Right |  Tuhin A Sinha
    LK Advani has completed another mammoth countrywide yatra. Even though the current yatra may not have generated the kind of consistent hype in the national...

  • Maya & Ambedkar: Incongruous? May be not

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    At a time when Mayawati's Dalit memorials have sparked off a raging debate, it might be instructive to consider what the original Dalit icon, Dr...

  • White Man's Burden!

    Chanakya's Chant |  Ashwin Sanghi
    With so many political figures holed up in Tihar, the ones that are outside look pristine white, like the proverbial super-white shirt in a detergent...

  • The fast as politics

    Excess Baggage |  Shiv Visvanathan
    Narendra Modi's fast is the most misunderstood event of the year. This essay would like to argue that the fast has little connection with the...

  • Fast forwarding Moditva

    Excess Baggage |  Shiv Visvanathan
    Narendra Modi is always in the news but news about Modi is always read differently by different people. The facts looked simple. The Supreme ...

  • Damascus Diary: The Road to Hama

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    Madam, "Action toh idhar hai, aap kahaan jaa rahe ho? (the action is here, where are you off to?" The security officer at the Delhi...

  • When should a minister resign?

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    In this monsoon of political turbulence, when should a minister resign from public office? A few years ago, I posed the question to former railway...

  • Left, Right or Centre, the old order should fade away

    Master and a glass of Margarita |  Tathagata Bhattacharya
    If electoral deliverance and degree of popular support are taken to be the litmus test of performance in the context of democratic politics, there are...

  • The conspiracy to fail India's battle against corruption

    In Conversation |  Hemender Sharma
    The discovery of an antidote to some future disease that has yet not shown signs of arrival is possible only in fiction. Already available remedies...

  • Yes, it can happen

    In Conversation |  Hemender Sharma
    The ruling Indian elite are surviving on confusion created by noise generated over issues that touch the masses. The machinery that generates this noise is...

  • About time politicians schooled themselves

    ON THE ROCKS: No Watering Down |  Ipsita Shome
    The Devil's Dictionary is a satirical reference book written by Ambrose Bierce. The book offers reinterpretations of terms in English language, lampooning cant and political...

  • Incognito and Indian democracy

    The Wanderer |  K Aravamudhan
    I sometime wonder if the Indian ruling class knows about the existence of a wonderful 'tool' called 'incognito' which, should they prefer to use, I...

  • Pakistan restores supremacy of Parliament

    Diplomat's Diary |  Wajid Shamsul Hasan
    It was "Benazir Day" as Pakistan's President Zardari in his address to the Parliament rightly said, "we are making history by restoring the 1973 Constitution...