Mani Shankar Aiyar

The writer is a former Union minister.

Articles By Mani Shankar Aiyar

Who are we to teach Kashmiris the virtues of democracy?

What is sought to be drowned out is the legacy of unflinching patriotism to India that the Kashmiri Muslim has displayed, first in being the only Muslim-majority concentration in undivided India to close their ears to the siren call of Pakistan.

Absent any direct dealings with Pakistan, the US insidiously becomes our intermediary

Modi has been lauding to the skies the US involvement at every crucial turn in Indo-Pak relations resulting in Trump thinking Modi is leading him up to finding a solution to a problem that “has been going on for many, many years”.

Sound the secular bugle

As the new government takes its oath of office, it is necessary to restore to public discourse the passionate advocacy and practice of secularism.

No Emergency Exit

Locating 1975 in the larger context of draconian colonial imports and how they strain Indian democracy even today

Treasured Epistles Book review: Between Friends

An enduring collection of correspondence between K Natwar Singh and his eclectic circle of friends that included Nirad C Chaudhuri, Indira Gandhi, RK Narayan and Mulk Raj Anand

Mixed Doubles

An exhaustive account of PN Haksar, who helped steer Indian diplomacy with then PM Indira Gandhi

The four year toll

BJP-led government might be good at coining acronyms but the people know that it has only marginally built on the legacy of Congress-led governments.

Panchayati raj at 25

Every state is progressing, some at snail’s pace, others leapfrogging. Much remains to be done.

‘Rank Odour of Hellfire’

The fates did not conspire to have Bhutto hanged. He brought it upon himself by the aggression and callousness of his politics

Missing a Nobel chance

The world no more acknowledges India as a major force for peace. It is seen as an also-ran in nuclear race

Border Dispatch

Meena Menon’s book explores conventional strands of terrorism but also delves into the daily-ness of the average Pakistani with much enthusiasm

Welcome home, Pranabda

Why the Congress party is the biggest gainer from Pranab Mukherjee leaving Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Forgetting old friends

Modi government’s turn against Palestine reflects a majoritarian mindset.

Failing to take the lead

India’s probable abstention from UN negotiations for nuclear disarmament would be a lost chance

Don’t blame it on Rio

Instead of waiting for talent to appear, we must create a national sports culture.

When Brezhnev Pleaded with Indira Gandhi

An unputdownable treatise on Indian diplomacy, with a wealth of insight and fascinating anecdotes

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar writes open letter to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

We miss your large-hearted leadership. And your reminder of ‘raj dharma’

A body blow to justice

Apex court’s decision on Haryana panchayat poll qualifications is disappointing. Parliament must intervene

Mani Shankar Aiyar responds: What Mr Akbar won’t say

The main point of his argument is that I was wrong, indeed sinning, in pointing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the principal obstacle to the search for accommodation with Pakistan.

Let’s not be complacent

Grassroots democracy makes an emergency more difficult today. But largescale urban discontent is growing