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.
Does every state have an inviolable ‘demography’ which has to be left undisturbed?
There is no doubt that many people do not like the sort of ideas Gauri Lankesh held. They hate rationalists, atheists and anyone who seems Western or modern. They express their dislike. The novel thing is not that there are such people. There have always been.
I recognise that most Indians do not want to discuss anything else but Indian news. Yet the chance of even one-hundredth of one per cent that the world may be wiped out is worth worrying about.
The Dera Sacha Sauda is a bigger problem for the BJP than it would be for other parties.
It would be a great step if the MGB were to propose that it would return the PSU banks to the private sector as was the case in Nehru’s days. Indeed, all the nationalisation of Indira Gandhi can be reversed as well as the remnants of her permit-licence Raj.
Modi’s advantage is exactly that people underestimate him as a thinking person.
Normally Rajya Sabha elections are totally predictable, frankly boring. But we were treated to a cliffhanger.
After the BJP/NDA went out of power, the JD(U) stuck to its friendship with the BJP, and won the 2005 and 2010 elections. That coalition delivered the most clean and successful regime in Bihar since 1947.
The old order has collapsed. A new dispensation is in power. Raising the threat of communalism no longer has the bite Congress expects it to have. It is corruption which is the big worry of the new generation. It was this shift that propelled Nitish Kumar back to his old friends in the BJP/NDA.
The problem today is that none of the parties in the Opposition has enough numbers to command authority. The Congress leads but more due to inertia than any real strength in the grassroots. Its performance in UP has failed to shake its complacency.
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.