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 notion that joining a multi-country union is loss of independence is hard to credit. But ultimately that is the message the people have given.
No party aspires to radically transform UP, modernise its social structures or promise to bring it up to the average. Each wants power for its own sake.
Europe is an issue that has split Britain’s Labour party. Now it is the turn of the Conservatives
When Jawarlal Nehru became prime minister, the Cold War had already started and the Americans presumed that as a democracy India would be in their camp.
The election process to the Rajya Sabha is highly predictable. In most states, parties know how many of their own nominees can be elected.
Having lost Delhi in overconfidence and Bihar in a tactically bad campaign, Assam has restored the nerves. Modi is a winner.
It was clear a few weeks ago that the BJP could emerge as the single largest party in Assam. This is one more brick in its status as the sole national party.
Never before has anyone questioned an Indian Prime Minister’s educational certificates.
Modern terrorism, especially of the jihadist variety, is directed against civilian targets where, by causing collateral damage, a notice is sent to the powers that be that there is an ideological and political war on.
The Congress has the problem that it is still furiously in denial about its defeat. On the idea of simultaneous elections, it again stirred up Uttarakhand.
The Canadian government has after 102 years apologised to the Sikh community in Canada and around the world for turning back the Komagata Maru.
Last year, at a conference in Delhi, Akhilesh Yadav announced that Mulayam Singh Yadav was to be the prime ministerial candidate for 2019 and invited Rahul Gandhi, who was present, to be the deputy PM candidate.
The heirs of Periyar will fight out their perennial Mahabharata.
Federalism and democracy are the twin pillars which have to be honoured.
This year is crucial for the Congress. If it fails to retain either Assam or Kerala, the death knell will begin to sound.
Most tax payers in India don’t have enough money to have trousers or coats with pockets.
No one can quite figure out Donald Trump. He is popular when he should not be, he is racist, virulently anti- Muslim, and has openly favoured torture.
The tricky task for the Finance Minister was to gauge where the economy was heading.
The surprise is that with the rise of the BJP in power, ideas and attitudes which were less known or heard are now centre stage.
Not every story should need the PM’s Twitter. But by the time someone in authority takes control, the cause is long lost.
India has failed to industrialise the way its South East and East Asian neighbours have done.
The victory of the Mahagathbandhan (MGB) in Bihar is colouring the hopes and strategies in this year’s elections.
The release of the secret files concerning Subhas Chandra Bose has again brought the debate about his death back in focus.
Over time, the Centre has weakened, though it has financial clout. The states have become more powerful.
BJP government has faced an unprecedented Opposition for reasons which are well known. The Prime Minister has to show that much has been done and more will be done.
From the Fifties to the Seventies, there was serious debate on how imminent the Communist Revolution was in India.
China's National Assembly has 2,987 members. As the largest democracy, India should expect no less.
Sharad Pawar tells a story of how during the brief regime of Chandra Shekhar, he was involved in a genuine act of reconciliation.
Parliament has been turned into a general purpose complaint akhada.
Urban governments in India are abject failures. The elected representatives jostle to control access to land as a surefire way of looting the gullible.
There has been an endless quest for a single book, a single faith to bind the vast and varied lands of India together.
The only thing the governments at the Centre and in states need to do is to protect people's right to free speech and save them from violent attacks.
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?
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.
There were race riots across the country. Academics were in revolt. Yet Margaret Thatcher went on winning election after election.
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.