Ravi Shankar

Provocateur

Ravi Shankar
Right needs global intellect not invective

The irony of conflict is that martyrs are made by their enemies.

16 Jul 2017

Nationalist realpolitik in international policy

An official visit of a Prime Minister or a President is a signal to both allies and enemies that change is underway.

09 Jul 2017

Rescue the cow from the cow vigilantes

At Sabarmati ashram last week, where the Mahatma spun the revolution of India’s freedom, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat at a charkha to spin yet another pattern in India’s development story on the

02 Jul 2017

Modi forces opposition to follow his agenda

What is not surprising about Narendra Modi is his predilection for springing surprises.

25 Jun 2017

Waiting for redemption from history’s caprice

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em’.

18 Jun 2017

Know thyself RaGa just for laughs

Identity without identification is being as clueless as an Eskimo in Edinburgh.

11 Jun 2017

An ignoramus and bully is America’s shame

Great nations are created by great leaders. Great movements are created by great ideas.

04 Jun 2017

Blood and gore in the times of Breaking News

Contrary to kinetics, the couch potato’s life is fraught with nervous strife. The television viewer’s perception of India is being distorted in a mad race for TRP numbers.

28 May 2017

Inside story of an Opposition conclave

As the Modi government looks to complete three years in the driving seat, Opposition leaders have collected at 15 Gurudwara Rakabganj Road, the war room of the Congress  party.

21 May 2017

Punish mob rule for sake of global image

Image matters. Saudi Arabia has enough petrodollars to stay the darling of capitalism, but its medievally regressive reputation is a public relations disaster.

14 May 2017

PM of the people should get a President of the people

All significant leaders acquire a sobriquet in the course of their political life. Indira Gandhi—dictator. Narasimha Rao—Chanakya. Atal Bihari Vajpayee—Hindu liberal.

07 May 2017

New liberal needed to engage changing India

Just like an idea has the power to move a nation, a word has the power to move an idea.

30 Apr 2017

Pebbles of hate against enduring monolith

Since the beginning of time, stone has been mankind’s strongest allegory of strength.

23 Apr 2017

Time to get intelligent about intelligence

Unlike America’s CIA, Britain’s MI6 or Pakistan’s ISI, India is coy about naming its intelligence agencies.

16 Apr 2017

Make MPs accountable for governance

Caesar’s wife is having marital problems. In the nuptial nightmare of power and probity, the conduct of our esteemed legislators is rocking the boat.

26 Mar 2017

Nationalist economics rises from rural India

Poverty and politics are as inseparable as the Congress party and the Gandhi family.

19 Mar 2017

Kejri must rediscover himself to stay relevant

Prophets are frighteningly tragic figures. Like 15th century Florentine Renaissance  preacher Girolamo Savonarola, they call down the wrath of god on the corrupt and the decadent.

12 Mar 2017

Intolerance of liberals in nationalist dilemma

Considering Attila tolerant is as historically heretical as comparing Swami Vivekananda to a Jesuit.

05 Mar 2017

Robbed of own history, Congress faces a blank

Microquakes are indicative of macro faultlines in political geography.

26 Feb 2017

Without police reforms, powerful own the truth

Justice is blind. The enforcers of justice, however, are cockeyed. Over a decade after the 2005 bombings in Delhi in which 67 died, the court acquitted two men last week, lamenting that the prosecutio

19 Feb 2017

Bring home India’s king of bad times

James the First, who ruled England when the East India Company landed in India, was the original king of the good times.

12 Feb 2017