T J S George

T J S George

Divided people are easy targets

Way back in 1857 a foreign journalist described India in words that seem eerily relevant today.

14 Jan 2018

Shankkar Aiyar

Shankkar Aiyar

Interpreters of Maladies in Court

There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.

14 Jan 2018

Karamatullah K Ghori

Karamatullah K Ghori

Trump’s Taunts rile Pakistan

The dawn of the New Year, 2018, seems to have given Pakistanis a fresh reminder of an old adage: adversity never comes alone but in tandem with misfortune.

09 Jan 2018

S Gurumurthy

S Gurumurthy

Will Rajini change the paradigm of Tamil Nadu politics?

Never after the legendary MGR, as the famed cine actor MG Ramachandran was adored, has Tamil Nadu politics seen such tumult and quake as when Rajinikanth announced his entry into politics on December

08 Jan 2018

T J S George

T J S George

Princes in politics? (not Patiala)

There’s something about royalty that excites the popular mind. Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej reigned from 1946 to 2016 to become the world’s longest reigning monarch; he was so popular that when he di

07 Jan 2018

Shankkar Aiyar

Shankkar Aiyar

Maximum governance and tax payer bucks

Few leaders have captured the angst of the tax paying classes as well as Ronald Reagan. In the eighties, he said memorably, “government always finds a need for whatever money it gets”. 

07 Jan 2018

T J S George

T J S George

Into a mixed-up, convoluted 2018

Machimanda Deviah caught the spirit of our times when he posted: The black buck who was driving Salman Khan’s car had killed Arushi Talwar because she did 2G scam which jumped to death.

31 Dec 2017

Karamatullah K Ghori

Karamatullah K Ghori

Behind Pak Army’s surprise move

In a rare event, the Pakistani army chief addressed the country’s Parliament. What prompted Gen. Bajwa to break with tradition?

28 Dec 2017

T J S George

T J S George

Thunderous lessons from Gujarat

The reactions to the Gujarat election results were as boastful as the campaign rhetoric was hypocritical, proving yet again that politicians never learn anything.

24 Dec 2017

Karamatullah K Ghori

Karamatullah K Ghori

Are Mohajirs Pakistan’s Jews?

Muslims who migrated to Pakistan during Partition are now facing an ethnic backlash as the natives start asserting themselves

18 Dec 2017

Shankkar Aiyar

Shankkar Aiyar

Does RaGa have a signature tune?

In his treatise, The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli observes that there are two critical variables for success. One is Fortuna, or the cards that one has been dealt with. The other is Virtu, or inherent

17 Dec 2017

T J S George

T J S George

How ego politics help the enemy

Small minds can create big dislocations in a democracy. When Prakash Karat says that the CPM's purity cannot be diluted by association with bourgeois parties, when Sharad Pawar fields 72 candidates

17 Dec 2017

T J S George

T J S George

Looking beyond a sham election

No harm would have come to the Congress Party if Rahul Gandhi was named President one fine morning. Much harm was done to its image by staging a charade of an election.

10 Dec 2017

Shankkar Aiyar

Shankkar Aiyar

Bail-In of Depositors for Bail-Out of Banks

Useful Idiots! The coinage, frequently attributed to Vladimir Lenin, is used to describe the gullible. The constituency of useful idiots, it would seem, is being expanded to include a new constituent

10 Dec 2017

Shankkar Aiyar

Shankkar Aiyar

Habeas Corpus in the Age of Aadhaar

In the infamous ‘ADM Jabalpur’ case, the government held that Constitutional rights of citizens stood suspended. Justice H R Khanna asked, “Life is also mentioned in Article 21 and would government ar

03 Dec 2017