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.
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.
Even the most organised political parties cannot be micro-managed by the top leadership.
We have war crimes as a new category in international law, for which there is an international court.
The JD(U), RJD, Samajwadi Party, BSP, JD(S), BJD, fragments of the old Janata could come together and form a party.
Dilip Kumar’s autobiography reveals his journey from Peshawar to Bombay.
Jawaharlal Nehru thought Pakistan would not last very long and would eventually come back into the fold.
The Ministry of External Affairs is lucky in having two Cabinet ministers looking after it, the PM as well as Sushma Swaraj.
Once the members are elected, the quality of performance of the elected legislators leaves a lot to be desired.
The troubles looming for the BJP/NDA coalition are already on the surface.
British historians cannot agree about the civil war after four centuries of debate.
It has faced criticism on inflation, the judiciary, Indians stranded abroad, minor misdemeanours by junior ministers and the Budget, which has been all over the newspapers.
Like a UPA budget from happier days.
Reviving the Khilafat has been a dream of the Islamist movement, if not of many Muslims themselves.
'Good governance' promised by the PM entails tough decisions. It is only when a lot of the toxic stuff has been eradicated that ‘achche din aayenge’.
The Budget, which will set the mark of the new government, will have to be tough since the previous government has left behind a scorched earth.
Nationalism is a 19th century European idea.
Perhaps four or even six smaller states may finally bring good governance to the poor and unhappy people of Uttar Pradesh.
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