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.
After all,there have been terrorist attacks on the West since mid-1990s, if not since the Munich Olympics of 1972. What is different now?
The BJP was the junior partner of the JD(U) in 2005 and 2010. It failed to take any credit for the development in Bihar, leaving all to Nitish. Sushil Modi, one of the sharpest minds in the BJP, did not get his due.
There were race riots across the country. Academics were in revolt. Yet Margaret Thatcher went on winning election after election.
Majority in the Lok Sabha is neither necessary nor sufficient to govern India. What any government has to do is to build a coalition around a programme everyone can agree on.
Since last year, when the BJP won, there has been an explosion of subaltern politics. Various events have taken place across the nation reflecting local concerns of ordinary people.
Fighters for liberal rights cannot rely on any Government. Remember the Emergency. As Taslima Nasreen and Salman Rushdie know, the seculars are just as bad when their vote banks are at stake.
Much of the BJP's core Hindutva thinking is Brahminical.
Would it be possible for the honourable court to tell them that as there is a backlog of 3.5 crore cases, they go to the back of the queue?
Bhagwat’s sense of timing is terrible coming so close to the Bihar elections. Even so, it is legitimate to raise the question of how long will reservations last.
Either the world has changed and Jeremy Corbyn will surprise everyone by attracting votes of previously apathetic citizens or the Labour Party will once again lose in 2020.
Nearer home, Sonia Gandhi has been confirmed as president of the Congress for a record 18th year.
The PM launched many initiatives and was on a 24x7 active mode in the first six months. In the new year came the surprises.
From now on China will be like any other economy.
The forthcoming meeting of the NSAs is suitably high level but does not involve the elected heads of government who met at Ufa.
Parliament is sovereign but it also has to serve the people.
The suspension of 25 Congress MPs raises only one question. Why not all 44?
There will no doubt continue a debate about justice to Yakub Memon as there has been about Afzal Guru and the Batla House encounter.
While the Congress had monopoly of power at the Centre and in the states, it did not matter how power was divided.
Last week, as the negotiations for the Greek bailout climaxed, one could say that Helmut Schmidt had failed in his gamble.
He was struck by Parkinson’s disease in 1982 but did not let that slow him down and went on working at his research and teaching till the very end.
He may not wish to sack Raje or Chouhan. This is because he respects regional leaders’ autonomy. He is also aware that no due process has been initiated.
The BJP is not like the Congress. Power is diffused among different people depending on their popular regional base, their equation with the RSS and the preferences of the rank and file.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown true leadership and mobilised the resources which the urgency demanded.
BJP is a relative newcomer to the role of the ruling elite and Narendra Modi has been an outsider to the jhappi rajashahi .
The Partition is a wound that has not healed. It still incites passion.
Narendra Modi may well echo Macmillan’s words after what has happened in the week preceding today’s Yoga Day.
This is the logic of the Yadav alliance in UP/Bihar which has brought together the RJD, JD(U) and Samajwadi Party.
Why are many of the sports so badly governed?
S is for Swachh Bharat but not Sakshi Maharaj. We need more of the former and much less of the latter.
But how do you explain the fear of using the power you have won?
The idea was that parties behaved like reasonable angels in power and villainous devils in opposition.
David Cameron is easily under-estimated. When I was in Delhi, I was told that PM Modi has visited France & Germany but not the UK as he had been told Cameron was a busted flush. Yet he also was among the first to congratulate Cameron.
What is striking is lack of visibility about what government is doing to relieve farmer distress.
The AAP went on with its rally because that is one activity its leader enjoys the most.
Now lo and behold, poor Babasaheb is being claimed by the BJP/RSS as a great Hindu!
AAP is of course not a political party in any ordinary sense.
These are the voices of the epic’s female characters, some of them legendary, others known but not much heard from, yet others dimly glimpsed but so far unnamed, and some few invented to bridge lacunae in the narrative.