The Third Eye
Author of Accidental India: A History of the Nation's Passage through Crisis and Change
“Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them.” Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
23 Jul 2017
Indians have in excess of 105 trillion rupees, or `106.50 lakh crore to be precise, parked in the banks. Of this, nearly `7 of `10 is with the public sector banks (PSBs).
09 Jul 2017
Political necessities, George Bernard Shaw once said, sometimes turn out to be political mistakes.
02 Jul 2017
Shankkar aiyAr Author of Accidental India: A History of the Nation’s Passage through Crisis and Change
25 Jun 2017
There is a deep, dark paradox reflected in the headlines of newspapers in the past few days —the richest and the poorest are in the queue.
18 Jun 2017
Shankkar aiyAr Author of Accidental India: A History of the Nation’s Passage through Crisis
11 Jun 2017
It has been an eventful week even by the normal mid-summer silly season standards.
04 Jun 2017
The organising principle of Modi’s Sarkar is, and has been, managing the narrative to establish and sustain order.
28 May 2017
This Sunday, the Modi Sarkar completes 1,091 days in office, and three years on May 26. This week, the government will be assessed for what it promised and what it has delivered as yet.
21 May 2017
Are jobs being created in India? The answer varies with the basis—intuition, assumptions, estimations, surveys and forecasts.
14 May 2017
The Niti Aayog has released, what it calls the three-year Action Agenda. The 208-page document, the Niti Aayog says, “charts an ambitious, transformational yet achievable Action Agenda for the governm
07 May 2017
It is an innocuous clause—Section 70 (f) in the Motor Vehicles Act 1939, and Rule 108 of the MV Act of 1988. It deals with the use of “signalling appliances, lamps and reflectors”.
23 Apr 2017
American artist Andy Warhol once remarked that “in the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”. It would seem there is a race on for 15 minutes of fame. This has triggered a stampede of M
16 Apr 2017
The Pandora’s Box has been split wide open.
09 Apr 2017
The expertise of politicians over verbal calisthenics is no secret. This week, in Parliament, there was a display of calisthenics of the statistical kind.
02 Apr 2017
It was not an assault on one individual. It is an assault on the institution of democracy. It is an assault on the idea that defines the Republic in the opening lines of the Constitution of India… It
26 Mar 2017
Even Narendra Modi would have lost had he contested on a Congress ticket”. That succinct summation was by Congressman Sanjay Nirupam, post the 2014 polls.
19 Mar 2017
It is springtime—the metaphor for change. This week a new regime will take charge in Uttar Pradesh. Will poll promises get converted, will hope triumph over history? In governance, size does matter an
12 Mar 2017
This month, India was informed by two different studies that air pollution is causing pre-mature deaths across India. A study, by The Lancet, states that over a million Indians— or two Indians every m
26 Feb 2017
There is a certain kind of predictability about some ideas. No matter how emphatic the rejection, they make a comeback—it is almost as if bad ideas have a homing device embedded in them.
19 Feb 2017
The trouble with socialism, it has been said, is that you run out of money.
12 Feb 2017