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 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.
It is a distant dream and, more than that, they know in their hearts they will never have it.
On the centenary of the First World War, where are we now? Asia has emerged as an economic miracle.
Murli Deora was the last link with the Congress past of powerful middlemen in South Bombay.
There is a romantic idea that once all Indians spoke Sanskrit and India was a land of milk and honey.
In an ideal world, the ministries would be rationalised. There should be a few super ministries with a small number of Cabinet ministers.
The only explanation seems to be that while Obama could campaign to win, he had no idea about implementing policies.
On that long border on the roof of the Earth, the Chinese army is stronger and better resourced than the Indian Army.
But what the Congress has shown is that Dynasty does not work. It took three generations for the Congress to run out of talent. With the Shiv Sena, the memory of Balasaheb is the only asset.
The last time he came to London was in 1931 for the Second Round Table Conference.
The BJP’s problem is a severe shortage of capable people at the top.
Civil servants on their holiday gingerly handling a jhadu to satisfy the PM will not be enough.
Mangalyaan is a tribute to the young leadership of India’s Independence movement.
Madrasas, yet again, have become schools of terrorism. Goan Christians were told to declare themselves Hindus.
If the outcome is a narrow margin in favour of No, the battle will not end. If it is narrowly for Yes, the game is over.