Indian Politics

The Mirage of Eelam

The Mirage of Eelam

The past week has seen deafening noise of protests ravaging the cities and towns of Tamil Nadu. A vernacular media swaggered that it is one of the greatest awakenings of the Tamil peoples and equated it to the Arab Spring. Students of every college staged fast unto death, whilst fringe political and social groups carried […]

Modi vs. Rahul – A Comparison

Modi vs. Rahul – A Comparison

A few weeks ago Ramachandra Guha wrote a piece comparing Rahul Gandhi and Modi, which curiously spent fifteen paragraphs critically analysing Modi and one sentence on Rahul Gandhi. Soon after, Markandeya Katju wrote another piece attacking Modi, so far as to state that ‘all the perfumes of Arabia cannot wash away the stain on Mr. […]

No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter

We Indians aren’t new to scams. Especially with today’s central government, we have grown highly accustomed to seeing one skeleton after another tumble out of the closet; so much so that it’s scary that we may soon lose interest. It has already become a joke among the middle classes. One Facebook post had two imaginary […]

Hanging Woes

Hanging Woes

On Saturday, 8th February 2013, India proved that it is a very weak and insecure republic. Probably it is, but it was made public by the central government’s decision to secretly execute Afzal Guru. The reason for the inordinate delay for rejecting the mercy petition was politically motivated vote-bank calculation. This quick and hurried execution […]

The Great Underachiever

The Great Underachiever

The recent Time magazine cover dubs Manmohan Singh as an underachiever. It points to the delays in some of the key reforms, the recent economic stagnation and voters’ loss of confidence as indicators for its argument. It is not very clear whether they refer to government backtracking of the retail FDI. It might have been […]

Invitation to Anarchy

Invitation to Anarchy

If anybody had doubts about the danger of Anna Hazare’s Anti-Corruption movement, this is the moment for them to change their mind. In a recent press meet, he has invited the Army Chief to join his anti-corruption campaign. Already, the Army Chief is creating ruckus on his own by washing his dirty linens in public. […]

Dalit versus Thugs

Dalit versus Thugs

‘It’s the matter of choosing between the Dalit versus the thugs,’ quipped Beni Prasad Verma, in one of his classy one-liners. It sounds almost as if Dalit is an insult but he, obviously, wouldn’t make such mistakes. He meant it good-naturedly at Mayavati’s party and took a dig at Samajwadi Party in churlish way. As […]

Slip of the Mask

Slip of the Mask

In his response to Election Commission slapping notice on his controversial remark on minority quota, the central minister Beni Prasad Verma has stated that his remarks were a ‘slip of the tongue’. ‘I address six to seven rallies in a day and often I don’t remember what I say,’ was his defence. Fair enough. If […]

Annals of Manipulation

Annals of Manipulation

Quiz questions: How many Congress members have been charge-sheeted or arrested in the 2G Spectrum scam? How many Congress members have been charge-sheeted or arrested in the Commonwealth Games scam? How many Congress members have been charge-sheeted or arrested in the Adarsh Building Society scam? How many Congress members have been charge-sheeted or arrested in […]

Bhatt vs. Modi

Whistleblowers have a sort of reputation in our country. They are the new age Neros who play the fiddle after the Rome has burnt down. They pick up personal fights or sign into the payrolls of newer vendetta masters. On the scale of whistleblowers, Sanjeev Bhatt of Gujarat must be carrying the feeblest whistle in […]