Ravi Shankar

Provocateur

Ravi Shankar

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

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

In UP, karma and dharma will segue to create a new tabula rasa

At Pappu’s tea shop and at such adis, political polarisation is sharper than the lemon brew served in short glasses.

01 Mar 2017

In Modi’s fiefdom, Congress’ dreams are in tatters

The alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress is under seige from the indomitable Modi juggernaut.

28 Feb 2017

Lalu’s invective against Modi, Shah doesn’t enthuse crowd

Lalu, familiar in a blue sweater and white mop of hair, is undoubtedly given to rustic humour which made his reputation.

28 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

The simplicity of being partisan is frightening

Trump’s America is no longer the Land of the Carefree.

05 Feb 2017

Donald ducks America’s deadliest enemy

Donald Trump’s theme song of xenophobia is full of cantos of contradictions.

29 Jan 2017

The new beast of unity is the symbol of fury

The contradiction is that the organisation is selective in its compassion towards animals. Especially towards those under its care.

22 Jan 2017

Culture over mercy is sporting spirit’s victory

When Virat Kohli hits the ball into the stands, India stands up and cheers.

15 Jan 2017

To counter the dragon, Read Confucius

China’s support to Masood Azhar is unabashed endorsement of terror when Indian security agencies are doing surgical strikes against militant modules.

08 Jan 2017

The joke’s on you if you can’t laugh at yourself

Humour’s mission is to make you laugh. Lighten the load. Act as a release during stress. Challenge dictatorships.

01 Jan 2017

Will Babus’ nightmare  herald political pain?

Politicians use target practice to stay relevant the way actors use makeup to play different roles.

25 Dec 2016

It’s time Rahul Gandhi called his own bluff

Bluff is the backbone of populist politics. Calling the bluff is its spine. Rahul Gandhi claims he has got the goods on Narendra Modi.

18 Dec 2016

Dynast in paradise wants slice of heaven

If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, regionalism is the first resort of the chauvinist.

11 Dec 2016

Building a legacy with public money

Power brings about fundamental changes in the personality of leaders.

27 Nov 2016

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