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.
The troubles looming for the BJP/NDA coalition are already on the surface.
British historians cannot agree about the civil war after four centuries of debate.
It has faced criticism on inflation, the judiciary, Indians stranded abroad, minor misdemeanours by junior ministers and the Budget, which has been all over the newspapers.
Like a UPA budget from happier days.
Reviving the Khilafat has been a dream of the Islamist movement, if not of many Muslims themselves.
'Good governance' promised by the PM entails tough decisions. It is only when a lot of the toxic stuff has been eradicated that ‘achche din aayenge’.
The Budget, which will set the mark of the new government, will have to be tough since the previous government has left behind a scorched earth.
Nationalism is a 19th century European idea.
Perhaps four or even six smaller states may finally bring good governance to the poor and unhappy people of Uttar Pradesh.
The party began to believe the media hype of itself as a national third alternative and decided to contest over 400 seats.
Think of the election results not as a revolution or a futuristic event, but more as a renaissance — a rebirth, a restoration.
It is within possibility that Modi may transform the nature of Indian politics, for the better and not for the worse as liberals fear.
In terms of what happens in other democracies, India is just about to catch up with grown-up behaviour.
Each of them has a scenario in which somehow Modi and/or BJP falter at the last minute and the race for the top is left wide open.
With its core partners the Shiv Sena and Akali Dal, the BJP/NDA may get an outright majority of around 275.
Prime Ministers’ reputations have lately been trashed, not just for the incumbent — who has been the subject of two books — but also the last PM.
Why in a secular republic are Hindus allowed reservations, but Muslims are unable to get them?
It was Manmohan Singh’s quiescence, his passivity, which is now being exploited by Narendra Modi as the problem which plagues India.
Members do not discuss party policy nor do they decide on policy issues in any way. There is no electorate of party members which can vote in a primary.
There is a message here. Your core supporters are idealistic. But if you follow their advice, you will stay in the Opposition.
The problem for politicians is not whom to marry, but whether the marriage will last.
The Congress never challenged the system of courts nor the legal corpus built up under British rule.
No ruling party wants Parliament to function. Let them riot, but to not legislate is the mantra.
Ever since the victory in 2009,Congress veterans have been trying to cut Manmohan Singh down to size.
At first,the Congress pooh-poohed the idea of a prime ministerial candidate.
India is about to retaliate and take away the rights and privileges of US diplomats.
Arvind Kejriwal in his moment of triumph ought to discount his victory.
Kashmir has been treated like a colony,a separate and unequal part of the Union ever since.
India needs a much more robust culture where leaders are exposed to the peoples criticisms rather than treated like the old rajas.
The Tarun Tejpal case,which has just exploded,is sad and shocking.
Politics,of course,is completely out of bounds for anyone who has only merit.
The Congress was an instrument that Gandhi adapted to mass struggle,but under his dictatorial rule.
The Congress had promised a coalition with the Muslim League in UP after the 1937 elections.
Rahul Gandhi recently articulated his primal fear a premature violent death by assassination.
Following the tragedy of Partition,Muslims in India have been treated as a special species.
It has been three years since P Chidambaram confided somewhat loudly that the UPA was going to grant Telangana statehood.