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Mani Shankar Aiyar

The writer is a former Union minister.

Shourie shining?
Tue, Mar 02, 2004

The disinvestment minister has had more difficulty selling what he did nothing to create than those poor socialist sods whose toil and sweat...

Where’s the smoking gun?
Wed, Feb 18, 2004

On the first day of the 13th Lok Sabha in October 1999, the freshly-minted NDA government filed its chargesheet in the Bofors case naming th...

Six years in verse
Tue, Feb 03, 2004

This column is dedicated to that arbiter of good taste and exemplar of political etiquette, the Hon’ble Shri Pramod Mahajan, Minister ...

Is India shining?
Tue, Jan 20, 2004

Alliances are a matter of arithmetical progression; issues, of geometrical progression. In the forenoon of December 30 2003, the Pranab Mukh...

The last of the ICS Greats
Sat, Jan 10, 2004

My guru in the civil service is no more. K.B. Lall passed away on January 8, at the age of 88. It marks the end of an era, for he was the la...

’Tis theatrical
Tue, Jan 06, 2004

As I write this morning of Monday, January 5, the SAARC summit at Islamabad seems to be rolling towards new horizons and India-Pakistan rela...

Growth, but it’s jobless
Tue, Dec 23, 2003

It was reported in this paper at the time of the last Davos conference that Jaswant Singh is “bored” with his present less glamoro...

Defeat and its consequences
Tue, Dec 09, 2003

Kudos to the BJP for overturning what most agreed was a certain Congress victory in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and a possible retention by t...

New Germany in New Europe
Tue, Nov 25, 2003

I have spent the last week in Germany, largely in Berlin and what used to be the old communist-run German Democratic Republic, meeting diplo...

On the waterfront
Tue, Nov 11, 2003

Since President Chandrika Kumaratunga is emphatically not the Jayaram Jayalalithaa of Sri Lanka, there must be some rational explanation, be...

The Thirteenth Step
Tue, Oct 28, 2003

One knows Atal Bihari Vajpayee has a horror of the number thirteen, not because Hindutva has suddenly taken to Christian superstitions but b...

Hindutva rate of growth
Tue, Oct 14, 2003

Government, the business class and right-wing ideologues are beside themselves with joy. The economy is at last beginning to look up. Foreig...

A new map for the world
Tue, Sep 30, 2003

Papa George Bush fought Gulf War I to, in his own words, introduce ‘‘a new world order’’. Boy Bush fought Gulf War II fo...

Asleep at the wheel
Tue, Sep 16, 2003

Since private preference must yield to public obligation, I regret I cannot cheer the nomination to the Rajya Sabha of my four-decades old f...

BJP’s favourite West Asian
Fri, Sep 05, 2003

Ariel Sharon began his career in 1946-47 with one of the Zionist terrorist gangs who flung themselves against the British mandate. He was th...

Leave it to Laloo
Tue, Aug 19, 2003

As an extra in Laloo’s roadshow to Pakistan, I watched with fascinated interest the media focus at the New Delhi railway station turn t...

In a Mesopotamian muddle
Tue, Aug 05, 2003

General Richard Myers, US military bossman, has come and gone. He said he did not discuss Indian troops for Iraq. Oh yeah. Like pigs have wi...

A question of accountability
Tue, Jul 22, 2003

For two long years and more, the scams and scandals which led to the collapse of the stock market in March 2001 resulted in market capitalis...

Barren Mother Cauvery
Tue, Jul 08, 2003

The Cauvery delta is bone dry. I have never before seen the canals and rivulets this dry at the height of the kuruvai season. The long-servi...

American durbar
Tue, Jun 24, 2003

We are not being invited to keep the peace. We are being invited to consolidate an occupation. There are ample forces available to the invad...

Clerical errors
Tue, Jun 10, 2003

For a military dictatorship, there is a quite remarkable degree of freedom of expression in Pakistan. So, Pakistani participants at the semi...

Letter from Islamabad
Thu, May 29, 2003

ISLAMABAD: It has cost me twice as much to fly to Islamabad as it would have to get me to London. This is one measure of the damage we are i...

Three cannot tango
Tue, May 13, 2003

The French call it a menage a trois, a household of three, which is what India, Pakistan and the United States are slipping into. Even as he...

NDA hype and hypocrisy
Tue, Apr 29, 2003

The coup of October 1999 remains undone. Pervez ‘Kargil’ Musharraf is still the military ruler of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif remains i...

Pop issues for poll times
Tue, Apr 15, 2003

Unfortunately, there was no opportunity last Friday to go into any of the substantive issues relating to the question of a country-wide ban ...