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.
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.
Nigeria needs India’s attention and respect. Giriraj Singh notwithstanding.
No one should be surprised that many Dalits left Hinduism. Indeed the puzzle is that so many remained.
Being the president of the Congress party used to be just a temporary job.
There is continuity with the UPA but without its policy paralysis.
The world will think India has some secrets to hide which are worse than what is already known.
Every country which is rich today was once poor and agrarian. It got rich by using land for industry.
How many of us are aware that the Election Commission requires every political party to affirm that it is socialist?
In a democracy, it is the electorate which plays this role.
History luckily does not repeat itself. Not exactly anyway.
What has happened over last few days is an extended replay of that close rapport for next pair of PM and POTUS.
It was from Rajani Kothari, that we learned to think of Indian politics on its own
Just consider the ways in which lucky breaks have come his way.
It took some time before the Charlie Hebdo protest became a political issue.
Mahatma Gandhi is that rare example in modern history of a truly global person.
PM Modi came to power promising inclusive development and a major plank of his promise was social harmony.
The operating procedures of the Indian Parliament were laid down in colonial times and have not changed.
Through two broad chapters on the investigation and the trial, Avirook Sen presents how the Talwars were hit with a double whammy: a shoddy and insensitive investigation by the UP Police and the CBI and what Sen believed was a premeditated judgment.