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: 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.

Out of my mind: Him or her?
Sun, Nov 06, 2016

US Presidential elections 2016: Professionals thought that the irresponsible statements by Donald Trump will make him unpopular. But he won in many primaries.

Out of my mind: Mumbai meri jaan
Sun, Oct 30, 2016

The irony of KJo’s Rs 5-crore deal is that the song on which the film title is based on is about the dangers of living in Bombay (as it then was).

Out of my mind: Futile campaigns
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

If Pakistan is causing problems for India, why rush to the UK or the US?

Out of my mind: A dangerous world
Sun, Oct 16, 2016

President Vladimir Putin is happy to help him in bombing civilians and aid convoys, and starving Aleppo of medical supplies. No one knows how many have died or how many will yet die.

Out of my mind: Diversity or difference ?
Sun, Oct 09, 2016

The most worrying part of the Cauvery dispute is that it pits citizens of one state against another, as if they were independent nations.

Out of my mind: Let sense prevail
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

India has asserted its right to cross the LoC to eliminate the terrorist camps. But the official Pakistani army is yet to engage.

Out of my mind: The Chinese way
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

Once the Prime Minister had opened out the quarrel with Pakistan by putting PoK and Balochistan in the gambit, some retaliation should have been foreseen.

Out of my mind: Family quarrels
Sun, Sep 18, 2016

If the family quarrel weakens the SP, then the BJP could become the senior partner in a coalition government.

Out of my mind: Kashmir pattern repeats itself
Sun, Sep 11, 2016

The student movement erupted in Berkeley, California, in 1964 for Free Speech. They began a teach-in to ask why the US was in Vietnam.

Out of my mind: Who is afraid of the RSS?
Sun, Sep 04, 2016

The RSS and CPI were founded in the same year, 1925, but somehow the RSS has waxed while the CPI has waned.

Out of my mind: AAP serious hai?
Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Kejriwal’s attention is fixed on winning the Centre rather than making mohallas run better.

Out of my mind: Seventy years on
Sun, Aug 21, 2016

The decade of 1977-1986 had few compensations. Strife in Punjab, the assassination of a prime minister, the slaughter in Delhi, plus Bofors.

Out of my mind: Cowboys versus Indians
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

The Prime Minister assumed his rightful place as a national leader with his speech in the Lok Sabha, which was inclusive and generous towards the opposition parties.

Out of my mind: Task ahead
Sun, Aug 07, 2016

It is just that even with the BJP/ NDA government, people would rather debate cow protection than ways of eradicating poverty.

If India is to make Jammu & Kashmir love India, referendum is the only way
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

The Congress failed in the 50 years after Independence to win over the minds and hearts of the people of the Valley. The reconciliation process began with Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Out of my mind: Self-goal heroes
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Not just the Arunachal switch but the choice of Sheila Dikshit for the UP are warnings to the BJP.

Out of my mind: Changing guard
Sun, Jul 17, 2016

Over the centuries, the Conservative Party has upheld the existing order and resisted ideas of rapid change.

Out of my mind: Big gamble
Sun, Jul 10, 2016

The origins of the Brexit vote, indeed of the need to call the Referendum, lie in the recent past of the Conservative Party.

Out of my mind: Modi’s challenge
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

Modi has now recognised the challenge Swamy poses. He has moved to contain him. But this is not the end of the story, just the end of the beginning.

Out of my mind: Making history
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

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.

Out of my mind: The last state
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

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.

Brexit or not
Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Europe is an issue that has split Britain’s Labour party. Now it is the turn of the Conservatives

Out of my mind: Getting there
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

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.

Out of My Mind: What is the Rajya Sabha for?
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

The election process to the Rajya Sabha is highly predictable. In most states, parties know how many of their own nominees can be elected.

The next thousand days
Sun, May 29, 2016

Having lost Delhi in overconfidence and Bihar in a tactically bad campaign, Assam has restored the nerves. Modi is a winner.

Out of my mind: Endgame
Sun, May 22, 2016

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.

Out of my mind: A fractured politics
Sun, May 15, 2016

Never before has anyone questioned an Indian Prime Minister’s educational certificates.

Out of my mind: Old and new terrorism
Sun, May 08, 2016

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.

All elections together. Why not?
Sun, May 01, 2016

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.

Out of my mind: The United Nations of India 
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

The Canadian government has after 102 years apologised to the Sikh community in Canada and around the world for turning back the Komagata Maru.

Out of my mind: Early days
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

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.

Out of my mind: A is for Assam
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

The heirs of Periyar will fight out their perennial Mahabharata.