Need a different toolkit for democracy

It will take years, nay decades, for the BJP to mature into a genuinely democratic party that welcomes different opinions to enrich inputs and thought processes.

25 Apr 2021

To thrill a Mockingbird

Soft targets are venting machines for anyone with a five-seconds-of-fame grudge. One such object of public aggression, social media contempt, nasty jokes and media distaste is Arvind Kejriwal.

12 May 2019

A Sea change

The second part of this series post the recent devastating floods in Kerala explores the danger of an ecological apocalypse waiting to sweep across India and the world.

25 Aug 2018

The great bank robbery

Unlike many other financial fugitives, Nirav Modi’s wherabaouts are unknown, and hence extradition proceedings cannot be launched against him.

07 Apr 2018

Knockout drivellers to become Mr India 2019

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

Today is the day to make the tide turn

Today is the last Sunday of September, the day for celebrating the rivers of the world.

24 Sep 2017

Debunking superstition is not dismissing mysteries

Panic has seized North India. Unknown forces are at work, chopping off the braids of women in Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan.

06 Aug 2017

Right needs global intellect not invective

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

16 Jul 2017

The general on the warpath

Amit Shah is crisscrossing the country, creating a booth-level movement that could return the BJP to power in 2019  By Ravi Shankar

16 Jul 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

Pebbles of hate against enduring monolith

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

23 Apr 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

Passively defiant, Yogi Adityanath likely to prove a point to BJP in Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur is the undisputed fiefdom of five-time MP Yogi Adityanath whose spiritual connect with the BJP is tempered with realpolitik.

27 Feb 2017

Robbed of own history, Congress faces a blank

Microquakes are indicative of macro faultlines in political geography.

26 Feb 2017