Indian Politics

A Rose in Any Name

A Rose in Any Name

In 1982, when Rajiv Gandhi visited Hyderabad, the then Congress chief minister T Anjaiah went to the airport with a group of supporters to receive him. Rajiv, who clearly didn’t expect the slogan-shouting crowd, was so upset that he chastised Anjaiah for bringing a crowd and making a scene. This he did it in full […]

Garbage Nation

Garbage Nation

This August, when I was in Delhi, I was driving through the Main Road in Ghaziabad that leads to Indira Puram. Litter piled up on both sides of the road. Plastic bottles, polythene bags, papers, food waste, and, I’m sure, human waste as well, lined up the road. I chanced upon an odd board on […]

Hindu Pakistan

Hindu Pakistan

‘The basis of Pakistan was Islam. The Muslims in the subcontinent are a separate culture. It was the Two-Nation Theory that carved out of the Subcontinent as Pakistan.’ –          Zia-ul-Haq, Military Dictator and self-declared President of Pakistan ‘The Sangh wants to put in reality the words “Hindusthan of Hindus”. Hindusthan is a country of Hindus. […]

An Ode to Middle Class

An Ode to Middle Class

Budgets are interesting only for a few days of entertainment and nothing more. Many of the plans announced don’t get implemented and nobody goes back to previous years’ budgets to analyse how much was actually spent and how many of those announced plans were actually implemented. Having said that, what budgets help in understanding is […]

Modi’s Honeymoon – Part II

Modi’s Honeymoon – Part II

Then came the news that this government intentionally sabotaged Gopal Subramaniam’s chances of becoming the supreme court judge, because, well, because he worked against Modi and Shaw in the Shohrabuddin Fake Encounter case. Now aren’t you reminded of those UPA days when KT Thomas was appointed the vigilance commissioner because, well, because he was their […]

A New Era

A New Era

As we are all reeling under the hangover of the election results and mulling over the statistics and brass tacks of the percentages, it’s a good time to do some reflection on what happened and what’s ahead. The tsunami, or rather tsunamo as it is being called, has swept the nation. Barring a few states, […]

A Great Idea Called Aadhaar

A Great Idea Called Aadhaar

Ever since the Supreme Court has slammed the government for not fully making Aadhaar non-mandatory, the social media has been rife with severe condemnations for the Aadhar Project in general and Nandan Nilekani in particular. Some have even gone down to the level of terming Nilekani as the copycat of the American system and being […]

AK versus AK, and NN!

AK versus AK, and NN!

For the past few months I have been formulating my views towards the emergence of the aggressive anti-corruption political party AAP and its rabble-rousing founder Arvind Kejriwal. I have been analysing and expressing my views on what exactly is wrong with the party and its founder. I read Kejriwal’s Swaraj and Guha’s book on Gandhi […]

Happy Independence Day, Telengana

Happy Independence Day, Telengana

During the formation of Andhra Pradesh, apparently Nehru remarked that the joining of Telengana region was like an alliance of matrimony between unwilling partners with a provision for divorce later. I’m not sure Nehru really said that, and there have been conflicting reports. I skimmed through the Collected Works of Nehru for evidence of this, […]