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Vinay Sitapati

The writer teaches at Ashoka University.

Loneliness of Asma Jahangir
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Asma’s loneliness reflected the place that civil society — even the incremental, bourgeois variety — had in Pakistan. In most other countries, what she did would have been heroic but hardly life-threatening. And for all her celebrity status abroad, Asma lacked a constituency within Pakistan.

A Patriot And A Gentleman
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Naresh Chandra underplayed his role in nuclear programme, economic liberalisation.

The right skills at the right time: why politicians flocked to Chandraswami
Fri, May 26, 2017

By the 1980s, Chandraswami had rebranded himself as an international guru.

Personal doctor says Narasimha Rao’s reaction to Babri demolition was honest agitation
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

In his new book, Half Lion: How Narasimha Rao Transformed India, author Vinay Sitapati has some answers.

IB gave Narasimha Rao list of Congmen, ministers against 1991 reforms
Sat, Jun 25, 2016

How former Prime Minister pushed economic reforms past Congress, BJP, India Inc, helped by Manmohan Singh.

Day after Babri Masjid demolition, Narasimha Rao kept tabs on Sonia Gandhi courtesy the IB
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

She in turn used Congress leaders to keep an eye on him, says new book. Author Vinay Sitapati, who got unprecedented access to Rao’s personal papers, writes for The Indian Express.

From vikas to vote
Thu, May 29, 2014

This election proved that voters are looking to fashion a future, not reward the past. Modi will have to govern like he campaigned.

Long, bumpy road between development and votes
Mon, May 12, 2014

A visit to West Champaran to find out why a rural roads revolution does not seem to be working for the Nitish Kumar government this election.

Where a teen cannot spell, more schools cannot chase more votes
Fri, May 09, 2014

In this part of a series on constituencies that have improved on social indicators, The Indian Express visits Ghazipur, where the number of schools has increased but the quality of education has not improved.

Gujarat model, built by many hands, marketed with one face
Wed, Apr 30, 2014

The Indian Express travels to the Panchmahals and finds out how its strides in electrification reflect in the campaign.

Dravidian majors take election joyride on UPA’s flagship
Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu has made the longest strides in NREGA, Sonia Gandhi’s grandest scheme, but DMK and AIADMK are marketing it to their advantage,

Is there a vikas vote? Healthier babies make not a whimper on campaign pitch
Thu, Apr 17, 2014

The Indian Express travels to constituencies that have seen the sharpest improvement on various social indicators during the UPA years and finds out if that change is an election issue.

A campaign finance law that bites
Sat, Dec 14, 2013

That's what the AAP can now help bring in.

Freeing the caged parrot
Wed, May 15, 2013

On CBI reform,the court stepped in where the government failed. But that cannot be the end of the story

The virtuous on the ramparts
Thu, Apr 25, 2013

At a time when democracy is seen to be beyond repair,Justice Verma taught us that change happens when good people work within the limits of institutions

A question of standards,not principle
Thu, Apr 04, 2013

The Novartis verdict is not about innovation vs socialism. It has to do with higher vs lower standards

How not to unfriend Narendra Modi
Thu, Mar 07, 2013

The petition by academics and activists against Modi’s talk at Wharton misunderstands what a university stands for

Why this Babalog di?
Wed, Dec 07, 2011

How nepotism and merit feed each other

The blind spots of India Shining
Wed, Aug 17, 2011

Why the new corporate middle class has so much sympathy for Anna?

Mahabharata,without the Gita
Wed, Jun 09, 2010

No,it holds a mirror to what our politics has become....

Disability law: Hunger strike called off
Fri, Jun 04, 2010

After the Centre partially conceded their demands,a group of disabled people on Wednesday called off their hunger strike held to protest...

Visa power
Sat, May 29, 2010

Even if it’s Canada’s business to judge Indian officialdom,their intervention could skew internal debate....

Courting a balance
Thu, May 06, 2010

The science of crime detection is a work in progress....

Enabling the disabled
Wed, Apr 28, 2010

A debate is on over the specific questions to be asked in the 2011 Census to determine the actual number of disabled in the country....

About 420 — and 415,409,405
Sat, Apr 24, 2010

As allegations fly against Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi,one specific allegation is that Multi-Screen Media paid US dollars 80 million as ‘facilitation fees’ to reacquire the telecast rights of the IPL....

The spectre of Naz
Thu, Apr 22, 2010

Can words change society? It is a question that is increasingly being asked of our higher judiciary.

Kangaroo courts
Wed, Apr 14, 2010

In the Orwellian world we live in,euphemisms aren’t the province of the state alone. The one that irks me most is “People’s Tribunal”.

Inquiry as performance art
Wed, Feb 03, 2010

Outside,the few protesters braving a muggy London morning waved “Jail Tony” banners. Inside,Lincoln’s Inn lawyer and three-time British premier...

Protecting the environment
Tue, Jan 26, 2010

M C Mehta,who was single-handedly responsible for making environmental degradation a part of public discourse,says it is vital that PILs have no ulterior motive

Gender justice
Tue, Jan 26, 2010

An open letter by law professor Upendra Baxi sparked the movement that transformed the debate on rape in India....

A case for the Republic
Tue, Jan 26, 2010

On the 60th birthday of our founding text,we remember the historic court judgments that expanded the idea of India,breathing life into our Constitution and the rights it promised us...

India,Botswana sign two pacts during Ansari’s visit
Sun, Jan 10, 2010

Indian and Botswana on Saturday signed two agreements after Vice-President Hamid Ansari arrived on a three-day visit here and held “warm” and friendly” talks with his counterpart Lt General Mompati Merafhe....

India to give $55 mn aid to Malawi
Sat, Jan 09, 2010

As part of India’s efforts to reach out to the people of Malawi,Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Friday announced an assistance of US $55 million for the south African country....

India to give $50 mn loan for Zambia project
Thu, Jan 07, 2010

The Indian government has agreed to lend $50 million to the Zambian government for a proposed power plant.

India-Africa ties in high gear: Ansari
Wed, Jan 06, 2010

Dismissing fears that India’s renewed focus on Africa is a response to China’s aggressive investments in the continent...

Courting protests
Mon, Dec 28, 2009

What the next decade’s landmark political judgment could be.....