Arun Shourie

The writer, a former Rajya Sabha MP from the BJP, was Union minister for communications, information technology and disinvestment.

Is this the way to energise civil servants?
Fri, Sep 05, 2014

CBI move to investigate the disinvestment of Udaipur’s Laxmi Vilas hotel on the basis of an anonymous oral complaint.

How history was made up at Nalanda
Sat, Jun 28, 2014

The story behind a Marxist historian’s story of its destruction by ‘Hindu fanatics’.

Instigating reforms
Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Let’s not wait for the next government. We can work out the solutions.

Chasing that bank of votes again
Thu, Jan 26, 2012

By that time those who have to be fooled,would have been fooled; what’s to be won,would have been won.

Chasing that bank of votes again
Wed, Jan 25, 2012

The Cong is wooing the Muslims again,promising to set aside a quota of up to 9 per cent.

Chasing that bank of votes again
Wed, Jan 25, 2012

The following text is extracted from the expanded edition of Arun Shourie’s 'Falling over backwards'.

The Weight of Love
Sun, Jul 10, 2011

Arun Shourie writes about bringing up his son Aditya,afflicted with cerebral palsy for many years now,in his new book,Does He know a mother’s heart? (HarperCollins). Adit’s pain and that of the author’s wife Anita,who suffers from Parkinson’s disease,leads him to ask: how can there be extreme suffering if God exists? Suffering,he says,refutes religion. Exclusive excerpts:

My publicity agent
Thu, Mar 24, 2011

That’s what Kapil Sibal appears to be,rather than my inquisitor. The rigorous VSNL agreement speaks for itself.

The Great Telecom Fudge
Thu, Mar 10, 2011

Falsehoods fly and bury the key questions: who made the money? What were those in charge doing when the loot was on?

A goal they cannot disrupt
Sat, Sep 19, 2009

Autonomy as the writers portray....

We must have no price…
Fri, Sep 18, 2009

...and everyone must know that we have no price....

Turning a deaf ear
Thu, Sep 17, 2009

As usual,Gandhiji’s rules,sprinkled throughout his writings,speeches,letters,are an excellent guide,even though for us pygmies...

A few lessons
Wed, Sep 16, 2009

“Arun Shourie has attacked the Chief Minister,A.R. Antulay because the latter has opposed America’s decision to give arms...

Master strategies
Thu, Aug 27, 2009

Here we are breaking each other’s heads over Partition when the man who presided over it has already assumed responsibility for so much that happened.

The ban and the law
Wed, Aug 26, 2009

The book denigrates the Sardar,” said a spokesman of the Gujarat government on the first day,giving the reason for banning Jaswant Singh’s book...

A few extracts from the book
Tue, Aug 25, 2009

Now,it so happens that I profoundly disagree with Mr. Jaswant Singh’s assessment of Jinnah. Ever since I read the multi-volume Jinnah Papers...

“Either diplomacy or war”
Thu, Aug 13, 2009

“Trust but verify,” the Prime Minister says,invoking Ronald Reagan. Of course,Reagan did not just stop at enunciating a maxim....

Ring out the old,ring in the new
Fri, Jul 17, 2009

As the circle narrows,animosities within it become sharper. Rivalries become more intense: for now,all that each has to do is to do two or three in,and he has the top job.

How the party withers away
Thu, Jul 16, 2009

Surrounded by scheming courtiers,leaders lose touch with reality and the movement’s founding beliefs

The end of ideology
Wed, Jul 15, 2009

How,by slow degrees,parties and leaders fall prey to vested interests....

On the way down
Tue, Jul 14, 2009

Four instances,two questions. <font color="#cc000">•</font>Indira Gandhi is able to block the implementation of the Allahabad High Court....

There’s more to life than GDP
Fri, Jul 03, 2009

In many spheres,technologies that can affect major savings are already at hand. The Integrated Energy Policy...

Changing course on climate
Thu, Jul 02, 2009

The official position that has been articulated on behalf of India at various international fora is built around the....

Sweet-talking the nation
Wed, Jun 17, 2009

Arun Shourie talks back to the UPA agenda outlined in the president’s address. Excerpts:

New beginnings?
Mon, Jun 15, 2009

Of course,I would have liked the election results to have been the other way round. But,of the remaining alternatives,what the electorate has handed down is the best one.

When the danger is imminent,loud and clear,our voice must be insistent,loud and clear
Tue, May 26, 2009

Arun Shourie delivered a memorial lecture at the The United Services Institute in honour of their former Director,Maj. General Samir Sinha.

Bringing India’s money back to Indian shores
Tue, Apr 21, 2009

On the tax havens issue,the Congress is caught in its own web

Facing down the neighbourhood bully
Tue, Apr 07, 2009

India must resist weak rationalisations of China’s action in Tibet

Digging our head deeper in the sand
Tue, Apr 07, 2009

India ignores the Tibet situation and China’s widening influence at the borders to its own peril.

Responding to the Economic Meltdown
Thu, Mar 19, 2009

Several features about the current economic crisis stand out. The first,of course,is the sheer scale of what preceded it,and the magnitude of what has happened in its wake...

Bubble,bubble,toil and trouble
Wed, Mar 04, 2009

With irresponsible spending and fantastical accounting,the government’s word now means nothing

Paper promises and alibis
Tue, Mar 03, 2009

Subsidies need to be sharply targeted,Chidambaram said — a euphemism for saying that they were not reaching the intended beneficiaries. Hence,he took a decisive step: he announced another study of them

Half truths and whole lies
Sat, Feb 28, 2009

A point-by-point expose of the government’s shifty economic logic

The wages of dereliction
Fri, Feb 27, 2009

This government has used the global economic crisis to cover up its own mismanagement