Meghnad Desai loves to cook, watch and write about old Bollywood movies and shuttles between London, Delhi and Goa. He pursues controversies on economics, history and anything else which catches his attention. He is also a British parliamentarian sitting in the House of Lords. He has written over 25 books, over 200 articles in learned journals and hundreds of newspaper columns in UK and India.
India had a rehearsal of this experience when Narendra Modi was elected. The media was not ready for such an outsider, who also had the blame for the 2002 riots to overcome.
Secularism may be the constitutional position, but politics has ignored it
The new avatar is serious, but unfortunately Rahul lacks the aptitude or hunger for politics.
The international order maintained by allies US and UK for 70 years since 1945 has totally collapsed.
The fiasco of the ATM machine recalibration was sad
South India, especially Tamil Nadu, will continue to be an autonomous political region with no scope for outside parties.
Fidel Castro was the last colourful revolutionary. But he failed to bring prosperity or freedom to Cuba. Cuba will have to change now if it is to improve its people’s lives.
The idea of Nalanda and its revival struck a strong chord in East Asia whose citizens flock to Gaya and Rajgir, and other Buddhist holy places in large numbers.
If Narendra Modi can be criticised, it is for not indicating how difficult it was going to be for a short while for all citizens.
The master stroke that Narendra Modi struck on the night of the American elections is that, by fiat, he made hoards of cash valueless.
US Presidential elections 2016: Professionals thought that the irresponsible statements by Donald Trump will make him unpopular. But he won in many primaries.
The irony of KJo’s Rs 5-crore deal is that the song on which the film title is based on is about the dangers of living in Bombay (as it then was).
If Pakistan is causing problems for India, why rush to the UK or the US?
President Vladimir Putin is happy to help him in bombing civilians and aid convoys, and starving Aleppo of medical supplies. No one knows how many have died or how many will yet die.
The most worrying part of the Cauvery dispute is that it pits citizens of one state against another, as if they were independent nations.
India has asserted its right to cross the LoC to eliminate the terrorist camps. But the official Pakistani army is yet to engage.
Once the Prime Minister had opened out the quarrel with Pakistan by putting PoK and Balochistan in the gambit, some retaliation should have been foreseen.
If the family quarrel weakens the SP, then the BJP could become the senior partner in a coalition government.
The student movement erupted in Berkeley, California, in 1964 for Free Speech. They began a teach-in to ask why the US was in Vietnam.
The RSS and CPI were founded in the same year, 1925, but somehow the RSS has waxed while the CPI has waned.
Kejriwal’s attention is fixed on winning the Centre rather than making mohallas run better.
The decade of 1977-1986 had few compensations. Strife in Punjab, the assassination of a prime minister, the slaughter in Delhi, plus Bofors.
The Prime Minister assumed his rightful place as a national leader with his speech in the Lok Sabha, which was inclusive and generous towards the opposition parties.
It is just that even with the BJP/ NDA government, people would rather debate cow protection than ways of eradicating poverty.
The Congress failed in the 50 years after Independence to win over the minds and hearts of the people of the Valley. The reconciliation process began with Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Not just the Arunachal switch but the choice of Sheila Dikshit for the UP are warnings to the BJP.
Over the centuries, the Conservative Party has upheld the existing order and resisted ideas of rapid change.
The origins of the Brexit vote, indeed of the need to call the Referendum, lie in the recent past of the Conservative Party.
Modi has now recognised the challenge Swamy poses. He has moved to contain him. But this is not the end of the story, just the end of the beginning.
The notion that joining a multi-country union is loss of independence is hard to credit. But ultimately that is the message the people have given.
No party aspires to radically transform UP, modernise its social structures or promise to bring it up to the average. Each wants power for its own sake.
Europe is an issue that has split Britain’s Labour party. Now it is the turn of the Conservatives
When Jawarlal Nehru became prime minister, the Cold War had already started and the Americans presumed that as a democracy India would be in their camp.
The election process to the Rajya Sabha is highly predictable. In most states, parties know how many of their own nominees can be elected.
Having lost Delhi in overconfidence and Bihar in a tactically bad campaign, Assam has restored the nerves. Modi is a winner.
It was clear a few weeks ago that the BJP could emerge as the single largest party in Assam. This is one more brick in its status as the sole national party.