Although this writer may not claim any personal acquaintance with Maneka Gandhi, she has always seemed an individual and a politician untainted by small-minded, sectarian predilections. Whenever she has spoken in Parliament, she has come across as a leader with rational poise and non-discriminatory devotion to detail. Yet, some of her averments during a public Read more…
What happens to the agenda of national security if enemies refuse to be enemies?
The timing of Advani’s intervention confirms the general feeling that the 2019 elections will have far-reaching systemic implications for the country
In his time Jesus of Nazareth was an oppositional figure, hounded by both the priesthood and the Roman overlords. So, when he gathered his choice followers to a Last Supper, at which he washed their feet and shared his body and blood with them, he told them that their path would be full of thorns Read more…
The Election Commission’s contention that assembly polls cannot be held simultaneously due to security issues does not have much traction. What then are the reasons for the deferral?
Natonalisms flourish only when those who have been designated enemies remain steadfast in their assigned entity.
God forbid, should they begin to mend their ways, hyper-nationalism can be suddenly left without recourse, or face the risk of being found out
When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a “terrorist camp” were the first words. A “command and control centre” destroyed, many “terrorists” killed. The military was retaliating for a “terrorist attack” on its troops, we were told. An Islamist “jihadi” base had been Read more…
While the ruling party thinks nothing of milking a national security situation for electoral purposes, it expects all opposition political forces to desist from “doing politics”
Narendra Modi has demonstrated to the world that Kashmir is potentially the most dangerous place on earth