Meghnad Desai

Meghnad Desai loves to cook, watch and write about old Bollywood movies and shuttles between London, Delhi and Goa. He pursues controversies on economics, history and anything else which catches his attention. He is also a British parliamentarian sitting in the House of Lords. He has written over 25 books, over 200 articles in learned journals and hundreds of newspaper columns in UK and India.

Articles By Meghnad Desai

India won three out of four wars against Pakistan. The 1948 war can be called unfinished

Ever since the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan created, with American financial and military help, the Islamist terrorist movement, Pakistan has had a third pillar of authority, the Islamist terrorist armies.

Out of My Mind: Power of Centre against that of states

The Government of India Act 1935 was the basis for the 1946 elections which created the Legislative Assembly which became the Constituent Assembly. Partition changed everything.

Out of my mind: Income guarantees

The idea of giving a bit more to the poor has been the perennial policy of the Congress.

Out of my mind: The lessons from Pravasi meeting

While India is proud to attain per capita income of $2,020 this year, Mauritius had already reached beyond $10,000 by 2017. Indeed between 1976 and 2017, Mauritius doubled its per capita income.

Out of my mind: The British Armageddon

British Parliamentarians can bring the Executive to answer questions and listen to criticisms in a variety of ways. In Indian Parliament, the backbencher has no freedom and is at the mercy of the Whip of the Party. Not so in Westminster.

Out of my mind: Full speed

The new quota Bill (124th Constitution Amendment Bill) is no doubt for regaining that lost ground. Narendra Modi has shown that he is a master of the political game.

Out of my mind: A new game

By giving interview to ANI, PM Modi also ensured that all the channels carried it simultaneously and each carried on analysis for the rest of the evening. A press conference would not have been carried that extensively.

Out of my mind: Stalin’s call sets lines buzzing

The process of forming an anti-Modi grand coalition has a major problem. There being too many aspirant prime ministers, to satisfy all, the silent agreement was to wait till after the elections. Stalin brooked no silence.

Out of My Mind: Bankrupt economics

Today agriculture is the sick man of the Indian economy. It has become a burden on the public fisc. Drug it with loan waivers and the crisis will recur and deepen.

NaMo or no more?

Every election must be fought as a new one. The BJP should think it is fighting for its life. Else it will find itself out.

Out of My Mind: The new normal

Rahul has transformed the Congress into a Hindu nationalist party. In Gujarat, he made a tentative test drive. It worked wonders.

Out of my mind: Costly convergence

The problem with Indian politics is that despite the cacophony of insults and denunciations, there is a deathly consensus in the political system.

Out of my mind: Resolving a crisis

The idea that the UK should leave the EU was unthinkable just five years ago. Those demanding it were mainly on the Right-wing political fringe, but there was also a Left demand for quitting the “capitalist” Common Market.

Out of My Mind: Lanka Dahan

One of the problems of Sri Lanka is that while it has a high Human Development score, it is divided.

Out of my mind: Beware of friends

Even the destruction of the Babri Masjid happened 26 years ago. What is the urgency now? When the Supreme Court scheduled the hearing in January next year rather than November, why did this storm erupt?

Out of My Mind: The leadership principle

The successes in 1937 and 1946 elections established the hegemony of the Congress, which Jawaharlal Nehru was able to strengthen by winning the first three General Elections of independent India decisively. He became the undisputed Leader of India.

Out of my Mind: Lawless lawmen

The most encouraging aspect of the Khashoggi story is that a single honest journalist was seen as a threat by the Saudi regime.

The MeToo revolution

With #MeToo we are in a much more intense phase of the Revolution which is sweeping India.

Out of my mind: Maha convergence

There were hopes that Modi would fail to deliver a majority and a mild secular leader would emerge to lead the NDA coalition.

Out of my mind: The sole reformer

It is as if the only branch of government functioning to change society for better is the Judiciary.