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.
Last week we saw Trump in his first visit abroad take up a firm stance against terrorism.
India and Pakistan have been in a Cold War situation for the 70 years since Independence.
We had to wait till 2014 till a new single party majority emerged with a coalition to bolster it.
The threat of loss of import revenue trumped any love of freedom of the press or of women’s rights to free speech.
Anti-Congressism could not be a permanent strategy.
The five candidates show the diversity of political opinion in France.
Party strength in the collegium which will elect the winner has been calibrated. It may already be too late to even raise the question as to who.
All this is prefatory to asking about the priorities of Yogi Adityanath. Forget the fuss about the saffron robes worn by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
The Scottish Parliament passed a motion for holding a referendum on independence of Scotland from the UK.
The citizens’ faith in the judiciary is matched by the confidence the judges have in their own power.
You could do the best thing for the Congress and Indian politics now. Quit. Take a lifelong sabbatical from politics. Get a life.
The size of the BJP’s victory exceeded all expectations and takes us back to the great days of Congress dominance in UP.
Narendra Modi showed courage in launching the drastic move but even more in sticking to his choice despite a lot of complaints.
Trump has had the most crowded first month of any President.
Sasikala has no political experience, no qualification other than being Jayalalitha’s home help.
Narendra Modi cannot hope to win the Muslim vote yet, but he has kept the more troublesome elements in his party and in the Parivar at large from doing too much damage.
The Economic Survey has proposed a radical step, of instituting Universal Basic Income. If implemented, it would touch many lives.
India has lasted as a republic longer than many others. China’s first republic did not last even 40 years. Pakistan broke up.
He has done much, but in a lot of the media and among the opposition parties, there still lingers a combination of disbelief and denial that Modi, a chaiwallah, could be Prime Minister.
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.