Though President Assad—for long reviled by the Western media as the Butcher of Damascus—is no saint, he is the only element of stability in a region which is alarmingly vulnerable to Islamic terrorist
21 Apr 2018
National normalcy provides the right atmosphere for social growth. In its balmy warmth flourishes civilisation, enabling the arts, science and philosophy to shape the times, and for future generations
14 Apr 2018
Party chief Amit Shah faces an unwelcome expenditure of energy in re-engineering the organisation’s thought process and conduct.
07 Apr 2018
Rahul Gandhi’s costume parade across various temples, churches and mosques in Karnataka is prompted by the Congress performance in Gujarat in December 2017.
31 Mar 2018
Earth is a mess, agreed. Which is why we dream of other planets and galaxies where the air is pure, rivers unpolluted, forests unviolated and food not toxic with pesticides and chemicals.
17 Mar 2018
When a great edifice falls, the reverberations are felt through decades and geographical expanses. It leaves behind a great vacuum to be filled, either by a piebald version of itself or its ideologica
10 Mar 2018
Democracy is the axis between balance and betrayal. By some arcane algorithm, it often throws up an alternative to a brute majority.
03 Mar 2018
When the Soviet Union was around, and journalism was just state propaganda, Pravda (truth) and Izvestia (facts) were the two main news outlets.
24 Feb 2018
Politicians are people, too. They have the same flaws as others. In our obsessive deification of the powerful and fear of leaders, we forget that crucial fact.
17 Feb 2018
On history’s door, opportunism knocks more than once. Queens are in the news, whether it be Padmavati or Rani Lakshmibai. In a country where the Privy Purse that gave tax-free money to royals was abol
10 Feb 2018
Finding a political solution to Kashmir is the holy grail of Indian politics.
03 Feb 2018
The White House buzz this week was that Donald Trump mimics the accent of Narendra Modi; the man he tweets is his friend
27 Jan 2018
Every major reform in India tends to be historic when it comes to be. Historic because they are in the making for years and arrive in the wake of decade-plus history of political promise and perfidy.
21 Jan 2018
The historical truth is that in the war for human dignity, the victims are the true heroes. Martyrs are born in death.
20 Jan 2018
Xenophobia is sign of national insecurity and lack of self-confidence.
13 Jan 2018
The Battle of Koregaon was between 2,000 Maratha soldiers of Peshwa Baji Rao II and 800 East India Company soldiers.
06 Jan 2018
Sex invariably gets governments’ knickers in a twist. Last week, television channels were banned from showing condom advertisements between 6 am and 10 pm.
16 Dec 2017
With pride doesn’t always come prejudice.
12 Nov 2017
Empires are godfathers that oversee the churning of history.
05 Nov 2017
Reorganising heaven is a tricky task. Mao Zedong is still China’s top deity; an eastern version of Zeus plus Brahma on steroids.
29 Oct 2017
The thumb rule of power is that followers must augment the strength of their leader with words and deeds for effective governance.
22 Oct 2017