Corruption

Fall of the Anarchists – Part II

Fall of the Anarchists – Part II

This is the second part of my analysis of Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation. To read Part I, click here. In this piece I take the second approach to analyse Kejriwal’s resignation: the way of Indian democracy. More than anything else, what disturbs me the most is Arvind Kejriwal’s disrespect towards Indian democracy. He makes sweeping allegations […]

Aam Arrogant Party – Part 2

Aam Arrogant Party – Part 2

Nearly a year ago, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stressed this time-immemorial saying, ‘Money doesn’t grow on trees,’ little did he know that his bitter-most critic Arvind Kejriwal will come to learn that lesson. As his nascent government completes a month, Kejriwal is finding out that not only does money not grow on tress, that […]

AAP’s Main Challenge

AAP’s Main Challenge

On the eve of AAP’s takeover of the Delhi administration, it is worth pondering over some of the challenges awaiting them. For those who raised hands in the mohalla meetings and sent mobile text messages urging the Aam Aadmi Party to form government may not know the travails of the minority government. Kejriwal would know. […]

Lesson Time

Lesson Time

A week ago the Supreme Court passed two key judgements. One was if a legislator is convicted they will be disqualified from their post on the same day. Previously, if an MP or an MLA is convicted, they would have three months’ time to appeal and during this period, can continue as legislators. Now, they […]

High Places…and Low Places

High Places…and Low Places

We are all quite animated about corruption in the political sphere. Whenever a chief minister or a minister is accused of a scam, we get all charged up. We also need to know that, time and again, a lot of initiatives are taken to clean up the public offices. Supreme Court is one of the […]

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 […]

Ordinary Man’s Party

Ordinary Man’s Party

Kejriwal is an ordinary man whose ideology seems extraordinarily confusing. His ‘I’m an ordinary man’ might be quite catchy, just like Indira Gandhi’s ‘Garibhi Hatao’, but like hers, his too might end up just by being an empty, albeit deceiving, slogan. There are other questions too. For instance, how will AAP translate into South Indian […]

Voice of the Mind

There’s a scene in the famous TV sitcom Friends: Ross, an affable yet mildly goofy character gets into a very embarrassing situation. He has to say something to save his face yet he is shocked and tongue tied. His mind keeps shouting at him to ‘say something’ and after a few very uncomfortable minutes of […]

List of Ignominious

Time Magazine’s Top 10 and Top 100 lists have a long tradition. Carefully analysed and collated, they have an international standing today and are eagerly sought by the people of all walks. Weren’t we thrilled when we saw Nayagan on the list of 100 best films? Weren’t we immensely proud when we saw Gandhi topping […]

A Building,.. And Some Nostalgia

A Commons’ Committee, investigating on the delay caused in construction, called British Library’s new building ‘one of the ugliest buildings in the world’. Obviously none of the members had ever been to India or else the library would have met some serious contenders. Worse still, if they had seen the new secretariat complex built under […]