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 Kashmir tragedy has been so routinised and so predictable that nothing ever surprises any longer.
What happened then in the Fifties, and up to 1962 is well known. Despite the bravery of the Indian soldier who fought, though badly equipped, India was humiliated.
Make no mistake, if Babasaheb Ambedkar is being honoured by all parties, if Dalit candidates are sought after, it is because the Dalit vote bank is a formidable one. With 18 per cent of the population, Dalits are one of the largest minorities.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called an election she did not need in order to enhance her majority. The Labour party saw a chance to endure a massive defeat and replace Jeremy Corbyn. (Party leaders get blamed and resign for losing elections unlike Rahul Gandhi).
The problem lies with the disastrous economic strategy chosen during the first thirty years of planning. India chose the path of making machines on the Soviet model.
When Theresa May called the election on April 18, all experts predicted a landslide majority.
Ram Janmabhoomi epic begins not in 1992 but at the same time as Independence. Jawaharlal Nehru may have been secular but his cabinet was not. Hence the sneaking in of the idols late at night despite locks at the site.
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.
According to reports his popular novel "World`s Best Boyfriend" — a heart-touching story about love, friendship, betrayal and hatred that exists between the two central characters — will soon be adapted in a web series. The book is a complete package defining love, friendship and betrayal.