Indian politics

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 […]

Living Rich at Rs.1300

Living Rich at Rs.1300

My first job was in Mysore, a leafy, quiet town situated about 150 km south west of Bangalore. I went there without much money and used to receive my salary (of Rs. 1300) in cash. I was staying in a bachelor’s accommodation and one month somebody stole my salary money from the cupboard. For the […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Thank You DMK

Often, there are unfavourable means that lead to favourable ends. How upset some of us were when DMK won the Lok Sabha elections, how those of us were huffing and puffing in angst wondering where our country was heading. All’s well that ends well. Before I dwell into that, apologies are due to the direct […]

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 […]