Victory calls for foresight. Defeat invokes hindsight. Caught between the two nodes are leaders whose strategy did not necessarily fail, but whose tactics certainly did.
16 Dec 2018
The process of conquering the past has claimed stellar scalps like Aurangzeb, Jawaharlal Nehru, et al.
09 Dec 2018
That day was crisp and sunny for December. The heat emanating from the crowds that had gathered on a large, grassless maidan on December 6, 1992, had its own voltage.
02 Dec 2018
The first time a government was called a khichdi was in 1978.
25 Nov 2018
The ancient Romans called their capital city gravioris caeli (heavy heaven). Delhi is in the news again for an atavistic curse—pollution.
11 Nov 2018
Donald Trump is not a person to be taken seriously as the President of the United States unless he was the President of the United States.
04 Nov 2018
Information is power. Power corrupts and absolute information corrupts absolutely.
28 Oct 2018
The core of faith is redemption through purification; religions consider the human being essentially unclean physically and spiritually.
21 Oct 2018
In the hagiography of modern India, Mahatma Gandhi is a near-divine superstar.
07 Oct 2018
Politics thrives on scandal and religion feeds on secrecy.
30 Sep 2018
Post-colonial identity crisis is the biggest self-inflicted affliction of Indians.
23 Sep 2018
They are naturally distraught, some having sunk their life savings into building homes which now face the merciless justice of bulldozers.
16 Sep 2018
Democracy, by its very nature, is the crucible of dissent.
09 Sep 2018
Legacies of leaders belong to the cultures that shaped them and the nations they ruled or shed their blood for.
02 Sep 2018
Philosophical statements are delightful devices for inventive journalists to paraphrase commentary.
26 Aug 2018
These are hair raising times.
12 Aug 2018
As India cracks down on illegal migrants, a comparison with the Trump administration’s immigration policies is inevitable.
05 Aug 2018
The image of a democracy is ironically determined by regional stereotypes. Non-conformist Berlin, conservative Munich, and cosmopolitan Frankfurt sum up Germany; Provence for food, Paris for the arts
29 Jul 2018
Just as Trump is unapologetic about the brutal treatment of immigrants, Churchill mocked the victims of the Bengal Famine of 1943, calling it culling a population that bred “like rabbits”.
22 Jul 2018
Fake News is corrupting the cornerstone of human belief, that truth is not what it appears to be, or not to be.
15 Jul 2018
America’s liberal globalists are shell-shocked over the US Supreme Court upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Muslims—an outrage that has found echoes in other countries, including India.
01 Jul 2018
Oscar Wilde was that rare genius who could turn the familiar into epiphany and lace tragedy with irony.
10 Jun 2018
Power disrupts but absolute power disrupts more in coalitions.
03 Jun 2018
There is nothing more morally dualistic than a refugee crisis as a consequence of terrorism, ethnic cleansing and regional instability.
27 May 2018