Friday, Mar 27, 2015

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 irrelevance of being Rahul
Sun, Mar 22, 2015

Being the president of the Congress party used to be just a temporary job.

Out of My Mind: Atal Lal Bahadur Modi
Sun, Mar 15, 2015

There is continuity with the UPA but without its policy paralysis.

Out of my mind : What are we afraid of?
Sun, Mar 08, 2015

The world will think India has some secrets to hide which are worse than what is already known.

Out of my mind: A house of illusions
Sun, Mar 01, 2015

Every country which is rich today was once poor and agrarian. It got rich by using land for industry.

Out of my mind: Secular, not socialist?
Sun, Feb 22, 2015

How many of us are aware that the Election Commission requires every political party to affirm that it is socialist?

Out of My Mind: Now deliver
Sun, Feb 15, 2015

In a democracy, it is the electorate which plays this role.

Out of My Mind: Now What?
Sun, Feb 08, 2015

History luckily does not repeat itself. Not exactly anyway.

Out of My Mind: Prime Minister and POTUS 2
Sun, Feb 01, 2015

What has happened over last few days is an extended replay of that close rapport for next pair of PM and POTUS.

Out of my mind: Dilli Door Ast
Sun, Jan 25, 2015

It was from Rajani Kothari, that we learned to think of Indian politics on its own

Out of my mind: The politics of luck
Sun, Jan 18, 2015

Just consider the ways in which lucky breaks have come his way.

Out Of My Mind: Hold your head high
Sun, Jan 11, 2015

It took some time before the Charlie Hebdo protest became a political issue.

Out of my mind: The man who came back
Sun, Jan 04, 2015

Mahatma Gandhi is that rare example in modern history of a truly global person.

Out of my mind: Tanks on the lawn
Sun, Dec 28, 2014

PM Modi came to power promising inclusive development and a major plank of his promise was social harmony.

Out of my mind: A better parliament for all
Sun, Dec 21, 2014

The operating procedures of the Indian Parliament were laid down in colonial times and have not changed.

Out of my mind: The idea of Pakistan
Sun, Dec 14, 2014

It is a distant dream and, more than that, they know in their hearts they will never have it.

Out of my mind: Hard work forever
Sun, Dec 07, 2014

On the centenary of the First World War, where are we now? Asia has emerged as an economic miracle.

Out of my mind: Bombay dreams
Sun, Nov 30, 2014

Murli Deora was the last link with the Congress past of powerful middlemen in South Bombay.

Out of my mind: Fast forward to the past
Sun, Nov 23, 2014

There is a romantic idea that once all Indians spoke Sanskrit and India was a land of milk and honey.

Out of My Mind: Steady and sure
Sun, Nov 16, 2014

In an ideal world, the ministries would be rationalised. There should be a few super ministries with a small number of Cabinet ministers.

Out of my Mind: Charisma is not enough
Sun, Nov 09, 2014

The only explanation seems to be that while Obama could campaign to win, he had no idea about implementing policies.

Out of my mind: The Chinese gamble
Sun, Nov 02, 2014

On that long border on the roof of the Earth, the Chinese army is stronger and better resourced than the Indian Army.

Out of my mind: Snow White and the dwarves
Sun, Oct 26, 2014

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.

Out of my mind: Honouring Gandhi
Sun, Oct 19, 2014

The last time he came to London was in 1931 for the Second Round Table Conference.

Out of my mind: Elections forever
Sun, Oct 12, 2014

The BJP’s problem is a severe shortage of capable people at the top.

Cleaning up
Sun, Oct 05, 2014

Civil servants on their holiday gingerly handling a jhadu to satisfy the PM will not be enough.

Out of my mind: Mangal ho
Sun, Sep 28, 2014

Mangalyaan is a tribute to the young leadership of India’s Independence movement.

Out of my mind: On being 64
Sun, Sep 21, 2014

Madrasas, yet again, have become schools of terrorism. Goan Christians were told to declare themselves Hindus.

Out of my mind: Break away
Sun, Sep 14, 2014

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.

Out of my mind: Binary battles
Sun, Sep 07, 2014

Even the most organised political parties cannot be micro-managed by the top leadership.

Out of my mind: Jihadi or shaheed?
Sun, Aug 31, 2014

We have war crimes as a new category in international law, for which there is an international court.

The no blame game
Sun, Aug 24, 2014

The JD(U), RJD, Samajwadi Party, BSP, JD(S), BJD, fragments of the old Janata could come together and form a party.

Book Review
Dilip Kumar’s autobiography reveals his journey from Peshawar to Bombay
Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Dilip Kumar’s autobiography reveals his journey from Peshawar to Bombay.

Out of my mind: The other Independence Day
Sun, Aug 17, 2014

Jawaharlal Nehru thought Pakistan would not last very long and would eventually come back into the fold.

Red fort rally
Sun, Aug 10, 2014

The Ministry of External Affairs is lucky in having two Cabinet ministers looking after it, the PM as well as Sushma Swaraj.

Out of my mind: Colonial hangover
Sun, Aug 03, 2014

Once the members are elected, the quality of performance of the elected legislators leaves a lot to be desired.

Coalition adharma
Sun, Jul 27, 2014

The troubles looming for the BJP/NDA coalition are already on the surface.