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Meghnad Desai

Meghnad Desai

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.

Out of my mind: The big Muslim tragedy
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

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?

Out of my mind: Not much time left for Modi’s ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’
Sun, Nov 15, 2015

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.

Out of my mind: What India can learn from Margaret Thatcher on intolerance
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

There were race riots across the country. Academics were in revolt. Yet Margaret Thatcher went on winning election after election.

Out of my mind: The irrelevance of Bihar
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

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.

Out of my mind: Subaltern politics
Sun, Oct 25, 2015

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.

Out of my Mind: Varieties of intolerance
Sun, Oct 18, 2015

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.

Out of my mind: Meaty issues
Sun, Oct 11, 2015

Much of the BJP's core Hindutva thinking is Brahminical.

Out of my mind: Law’s delays
Sun, Oct 04, 2015

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?

Out of my mind: About time
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

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.

Out of my mind: Democracy’s difficulties
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

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.

Out of my mind: Coronation postponed
Sun, Sep 13, 2015

Nearer home, Sonia Gandhi has been confirmed as president of the Congress for a record 18th year.

Out of my mind: Fathoming the PM
Sun, Sep 06, 2015

The PM launched many initiatives and was on a 24x7 active mode in the first six months. In the new year came the surprises.

Out of My Mind: Puff the magic dragon
Sun, Aug 30, 2015

From now on China will be like any other economy.

Out of my mind: The elusive goal
Sun, Aug 23, 2015

The forthcoming meeting of the NSAs is suitably high level but does not involve the elected heads of government who met at Ufa.

Out of my mind: Governing without Parliament?
Sun, Aug 16, 2015

Parliament is sovereign but it also has to serve the people.

Out of My Mind: Educating Rahul Gandhi on leadership
Sun, Aug 09, 2015

The suspension of 25 Congress MPs raises only one question. Why not all 44?

Out of My Mind: A tragic farce
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

There will no doubt continue a debate about justice to Yakub Memon as there has been about Afzal Guru and the Batla House encounter.

Out of my mind: A better parliament?
Sun, Jul 26, 2015

While the Congress had monopoly of power at the Centre and in the states, it did not matter how power was divided.

Out of My Mind: European DisUnion
Sun, Jul 19, 2015

Last week, as the negotiations for the Greek bailout climaxed, one could say that Helmut Schmidt had failed in his gamble.

Ajit Singh: The man from Cambridge
Thu, Jul 16, 2015

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.

Out Of My Mind: Modi matters
Mon, Jul 13, 2015

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.

Out of my mind: Modi matters
Sun, Jul 12, 2015

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.

Out of my mind: Modi matters
Sun, Jul 12, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown true leadership and mobilised the resources which the urgency demanded.

Out of My Mind: Jhappi Rajashahi
Sun, Jul 05, 2015

BJP is a relative newcomer to the role of the ruling elite and Narendra Modi has been an outsider to the jhappi rajashahi .

Out of My Mind: The wounds of history
Sun, Jun 28, 2015

The Partition is a wound that has not healed. It still incites passion.

Out of My Mind: A serious lapse
Sun, Jun 21, 2015

Narendra Modi may well echo Macmillan’s words after what has happened in the week preceding today’s Yoga Day.

Out of My Mind: An unholy alliance?
Sun, Jun 14, 2015

This is the logic of the Yadav alliance in UP/Bihar which has brought together the RJD, JD(U) and Samajwadi Party.

Out of My Mind: Globalisation zindabad
Sun, Jun 07, 2015

Why are many of the sports so badly governed?

Out of my mind: An alphabet for India
Sun, May 31, 2015

S is for Swachh Bharat but not Sakshi Maharaj. We need more of the former and much less of the latter.

Out of My Mind: Akela Arvind Party
Sun, May 24, 2015

But how do you explain the fear of using the power you have won?

Out of my mind: The Jekyll and Hyde Parliament
Sun, May 17, 2015

The idea was that parties behaved like reasonable angels in power and villainous devils in opposition.

Out of my mind: Surprise! Surprise!
Sun, May 10, 2015

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.

Out of My Mind: Losing the Plot
Sun, May 03, 2015

What is striking is lack of visibility about what government is doing to relieve farmer distress.

Out of My Mind: Playing with lives
Sun, Apr 26, 2015

The AAP went on with its rally because that is one activity its leader enjoys the most.

Out Of My Mind: Rest in peace
Sun, Apr 19, 2015

Now lo and behold, poor Babasaheb is being claimed by the BJP/RSS as a great Hindu!

Out of My Mind: Idealism is not enough
Sun, Apr 12, 2015

AAP is of course not a political party in any ordinary sense.