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 opportunity in Kashmir
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

The Kashmir tragedy has been so routinised and so predictable that nothing ever surprises any longer.

Out of my mind: Will it be war?
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

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.

Out of my mind: The last frontier
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

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.

Sun, Jun 25, 2017

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).

Out of my mind: Disaster
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

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.

Out of my mind: An earthquake
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

When Theresa May called the election on April 18, all experts predicted a landslide majority.

Out of my mind: The never-ending dispute
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

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.

Out of my mind: Living with Donald Trump
Sun, May 28, 2017

Last week we saw Trump in his first visit abroad take up a firm stance against terrorism.

Out of my mind: The quagmire
Sun, May 21, 2017

India and Pakistan have been in a Cold War situation for the 70 years since Independence.

Out of my Mind: Three years
Sun, May 14, 2017

We had to wait till 2014 till a new single party majority emerged with a coalition to bolster it.

Out of my Mind: An outrage in the Capital
Sun, May 07, 2017

The threat of loss of import revenue trumped any love of freedom of the press or of women’s rights to free speech.

Out of my Mind: The game is on
Sun, Apr 30, 2017

Anti-Congressism could not be a permanent strategy.

Out of my mind: Two women
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

The five candidates show the diversity of political opinion in France.

Out of my mind: Kaun banega Rashtrapati?
Sun, Apr 16, 2017

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.

Out of my mind: Not his dress
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

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.

Out of my mind: Double divorce
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

The Scottish Parliament passed a motion for holding a referendum on independence of Scotland from the UK.

Out of my mind: Pity the rivers
Sun, Mar 26, 2017

The citizens’ faith in the judiciary is matched by the confidence the judges have in their own power.

Out of my mind: Memo for Rahul Gandhi
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

You could do the best thing for the Congress and Indian politics now. Quit. Take a lifelong sabbatical from politics. Get a life.

Out of my mind: A new idea of India
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The size of the BJP’s victory exceeded all expectations and takes us back to the great days of Congress dominance in UP.

Out of my mind: Political economics
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

Narendra Modi showed courage in launching the drastic move but even more in sticking to his choice despite a lot of complaints.

Out of my mind: Trump tornado
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Trump has had the most crowded first month of any President.

Out of my mind: Business of politics
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

Sasikala has no political experience, no qualification other than being Jayalalitha’s home help.

Out of my mind: The big one
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

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.

Out of my mind: Income for everyone
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

The Economic Survey has proposed a radical step, of instituting Universal Basic Income. If implemented, it would touch many lives.

Out of my mind: India at 68
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

India has lasted as a republic longer than many others. China’s first republic did not last even 40 years. Pakistan broke up.

Out of my mind: A thousand days
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

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.

Out of my mind: The coming war
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

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.

Out of my mind: SC order incomprehensible
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

Secularism may be the constitutional position, but politics has ignored it

UP for grab
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

The new avatar is serious, but unfortunately Rahul lacks the aptitude or hunger for politics.

Out of my mind: Demonetisation is the least of the events which shaped the year
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

The international order maintained by allies US and UK for 70 years since 1945 has totally collapsed.

Out of my mind: Enough
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

The fiasco of the ATM machine recalibration was sad

Out of my mind: Puratchi Thalaivi
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

South India, especially Tamil Nadu, will continue to be an autonomous political region with no scope for outside parties.

Out of my mind: Fidel Castro
Sun, Dec 04, 2016

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.

Out of my mind: Farewell to Nalanda
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

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.

Out of my mind: 8/11
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

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.

Modi has by fiat made hoards of cash valueless
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

The master stroke that Narendra Modi struck on the night of the American elections is that, by fiat, he made hoards of cash valueless.