Unless the licence raj goes, India will never build the institutions of higher learning that we so desperately need.
The Prime Minister had to select his team from the ranks of his own party but he is now making a serious effort to change the way his party thinks.
So it came as music to my jaded ears to hear the Prime Minister remind us of all the things we like to disregard.
Continuity is the last thing the average Indian wants because continuity means his children have no hope.
Please dear Finance Minister file your wealth tax returns online as an exercise to see how devious are the ways of Indian officialdom.
In 2014, of the 1,122 new recruits for the civil service, only 53 came from those who wrote papers in Indian languages
The mindset of India has remained mired in economic and political ideas that should have died with the fall of Berlin wall.
The last government left behind a legacy of bad laws that should be immediately torn up and thrown away.
It was this licence raj that prevented Kapil Sibal from allowing 1,500 new universities to be built.
Most political pundits ike to think they are guardians of India’s ‘pluralism’ and cannot believe that voters rejected this fine ideal.
If the Prime Minister wants to deliver on his promise of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’ he will have to implement drastic changes.
Modi does not see poverty as romantic or alluring. Having lived in poverty, he knows the indignities it imposes if you are not a tourist.
So utterly forgotten are the doomsday predictions that many of these pundits have now started to behave as if they were members of the new PM’s team.
India needs a strong, vigilant opposition party as much as it needs an effective government.
To deliver on his promises of change and development, Modi will to have to first deliver on his assurance that there will be 'maximum governance and minimum government'.
At the risk of blowing my own horn I have to say that it was more than a year ago that I saw the first signs of a Modi wave.
It is an election about “vikas” and “parivartan” and Modi is seen as the magician who can make these things happen.
Incidentally, one of the most dangerous things he has done is to lie about the Adani Group having been given farmers’ land at throwaway prices.
'If Modi destroys the India created by 67 years of Congress-style secularism and socialism, he will be doing India a real service'.
So fascinated was I by Sonia’s Bharatiyata appeal that I watched it more than once in Hindi and in English and longer I watched, the more I saw a case for slander.
If only Modi had spared time to give Muslims some assurance that they have no reason to fear him, this election may not have brought with it two conflicting narratives.
Congress campaign managers had carefully planned a strategy that was centered around frightening voters to shun Modi on Hindutva grounds.
Nearly 70 years of glorious Independence later it is shameful that we are still discussing manual scavenging.
So has anything at all changed for the better since I was last here in the reign of Rabri Devi? Yes. Law and order has improved dramatically..
The ‘rights based’ governance that Rahul Gandhi boasts of is mostly a sham, a huge hoax on the people of India.
There is a sense of drift and failure that frightens those Indians who are not committed Congress voters.
What is the old idea of India? It is the one bequeathed us by Nehruvian socialism whereby we have created India as she is today.
No matter how good AAP looks at the moment, no matter how humble Kejriwal’s demeanour and how sweet the song he sang at his inaugural, we need to be very, very careful.
First,let me give credit to the friend (she knows who she is) who gave me the idea to write a piece on turncoats.
Judging from Rahuls speech to FICCI members in Delhi,he appears to have seen the light.
I have found myself pitted against secularists, whose case is that Modi will divide the country.
In my humble opinion there are two things that will decide the results of the next general election.
Communal violence Bill will serve mostly to isolate the Muslim community even more.
Tarun Tejpal was good at promoting himself,and has been for at least a decade the darling of Lutyens liberals.
When we discuss Narendra Modi we need to use the same measure as we use for other political leaders.
One of the tenets of the democratic feudalism that governs our polity is that we do not attack the Dynasty.