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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Manish Tewari

The writer is an MP and Congress spokesperson. Views are personal.

Partition was not just ‘batwara’ or division, it was ‘ujara’ or devastation
Thu, Sep 02, 2021

Manish Tewari writes: What we owe the generation that suffered its horrors is a degree of equanimity and sensitivity when we recall those terrible times, not a politically loaded metaphor of polarisation.

Does India even need a Parliament?
Sat, Aug 07, 2021

Manish Tewari writes: Right now, legislators are bound to their parties, not their convictions and ideas. This needs to change if our legislative institutions are to function as they should.

Emergency was reprehensible, as is what’s been happening since 2014
Sat, Jun 26, 2021

Manish Tewari writes: The BJP government at the Centre has renewed the project to rewrite the constitutional 'idea of India'.

US naval fleet’s defiance of Indian law is not unprecedented. India must heed the message
Wed, Apr 14, 2021

It had rushed in aid of West Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pak conflict. To defy Indian law through our EEZ in the 50th year of Bangladesh’s creation and then advertise it is downright obtuse, if not intended to send out a message.

Farmers’ protest is defined not by waywardness of the few, but by spirit and resilience of the many
Thu, Jan 28, 2021

Manish Tewari writes: Public procurement and MSP, a solemn assurance given as far back as 1965, is the safety net of the agrarian community. The NDA/BJP government now wants to dismantle this social security architecture.

Centre must now recalibrate its COVID strategy, allow economy to open up
Wed, May 20, 2020

The government has belatedly woken up to the naked truth: India is failing both the medical emergency test and self-destructing by creating an economic washout.

MPLADS is nimble tool for targeted intervention, scrapping it in crisis is counterproductive
Sat, Apr 11, 2020

MPLADS was challenged in the Supreme Court as being violative of Articles 275, 282, the 73rd and 74th Amendment, and the constitutional design itself.

Ghosts and memories of partition must be confronted
Sat, Mar 14, 2020

It is being dredged up to rationalise every atrocity and question the founding ideals of India. The plausible explanation for not confronting the ghoul of Partition was its sheer scale and bestiality.

Tackling air pollution requires a holistic approach, not scapegoating farmers
Wed, Dec 04, 2019

We need to ensure that we tackle each of the major sources of air pollution. Endlessly blaming stubble-burning from the neighbouring regions for Delhi’s air pollution will not serve any purpose.

Is India safer for women after Nirbhaya? The answer is no
Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Does any parent feel safe if his daughter is out late in any part of India, especially in metro cities? The answer is no. Isn’t every woman walking or driving alone considered fair game by otherwise seemingly harmless men? The answer is yes.

Don’t be fooled by the withdrawal of I&B guidelines
Wed, Apr 04, 2018

The fourth estate would be naive to take the withdrawal of this directive at face value. The government has just fired a warning shot across the bows knowing fully well that the guidelines were anchored in quicksand.

It is not about ‘Padmaavat’ alone
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

If television can be beamed into people’s bedrooms, 24X7, regulated by only a Programme Code and an Advertising code, why have a censorship mechanism just for films?

The scam that wasn’t: CAG, BJP need to apologise
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

If this CBI court verdict had come a week ago, before the elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, it would have had a huge impact and seen a different government come to power in those states.

Babri Masjid dispute never about religion, but politics
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

India is a melting pot of diverse faiths, cultures, languages, and ethnicities. It does not require the “Shamshan Aur Kabristan“ kind of nonsense.

India is not shimmering, it is simmering
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

The Bharat-India cleavage has widened to an unprecedented degree. The disconnect between ground narrative and public discourse is nothing short of hallucinatory.

As India-China standoff continues, absence of full-time Defence minister is glaring
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

India-China standoff: To the exclusion of its territorial disputes with India and Bhutan, China has settled all its other land boundary disputes. In contrast, it has resolved none of its maritime border disputes, with the honorable exception of the Gulf of Tonkin dispute with Vietnam.

Why is Air India being singled out for step-motherly treatment
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

Air India’s whole package is worth over 5 lakh crores and not Rs 20,000 odd crores the government wants to hawk it off for. The hungry vultures of privatisation have been salivating over it for two decades now

Iran’s Khamenei names Kashmir, calls for jihad
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Among the most wanted stone pelter in the Valley is a seven-year-old. If the average age of stone-pelters in J&K is from 7-17 years, the Indian state is sitting on a volcano that is belching lava.

Will the Modi-Trump meeting be a zero-sum game?
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

The prime minister is headed to a dysfunctional US capital, but it is the divergences on both Pakistan and China – in Afghanistan and the Indian Ocean -- that will define the outcome of his meeting with the US president

Should Constitution be amended to make Freedom of Speech a direct Fundamental Right?
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Perhaps India should carefully look at the 45 sacrosant words in the First Amendment of the US Constitution which protect the right to free speech, religion, press, assembly and petition

Time has come for grand bargain on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

The continuous legal saga around the Babri Masjid demolition will serve no other purpose but resurrect old ghouls and buried phantoms

When tyranny permeates hot summer wind, India requires an activist, not a conformist President
Tue, May 30, 2017

It’s clear that in our constitutional scheme of things, the principal preserver, protector and defender of the Constitution is the President, not the chief justice of the Supreme Court and much less the prime minister.

Abolition of triple talaq is an idea whose time has come
Mon, May 22, 2017

The fact remains that the only constant in the march of the human civilization is change.

OBOR is the grandest failure of Indian foreign policy
Wed, May 17, 2017

India’s objection to CPEC is extremely valid, but the moot point remains that we were not able to carry any of the big powers on the vital question of Westphalian sovereignty.

Their separate ways
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

A varied electoral cycle for national and state legislatures and local bodies acts as a check against demagoguery and oligarchy