Meghnad Desai

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.

Out of my mind: A simple lesson
Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Factional splits are the norm rather than exceptions in Indian politics. This is not because there are deep ideological differences among the parties. The trouble is that they are all alike.

Out of my Mind: A grave danger
Sun, Sep 09, 2018

While the Supreme Court came through with flying colours with its verdict on Section 377, it did something in the week before which has hardly been remarked upon.

Out of my mind: Time running out
Sun, Sep 02, 2018

Being against Modi is not a Manifesto. If India has a low score on human development, if Muslims are a severely economically and socially deprived community, if violence against women and Dalits still persists, it is no good blaming a four-year-old BJP government.

Out of my Mind: Red Fort ready
Sun, Aug 26, 2018

When the Prime Minister spoke last year from the Red Fort, he seemed invincible. It was as if 2019 was in the bag. But the first rule of politics is: Never take an election for granted.

Out of my mind: The man who changed Indian politics
Sun, Aug 19, 2018

No one expected him to be so engaged in improving relations with Pakistan when he was foreign minister. As a Jana Sanghi, he was meant to breathe fire and brimstone in any dealings with Pakistan.

Out of my mind: A sense of priority
Sun, Aug 12, 2018

We only care about lynchings to blame the BJP. Child abuse in Bihar or Uttar Pradesh and wherever next matters only to disrupt parliamentary proceedings. It is a strange sense of priority.

Out of my mind: Imran’s opportunity
Sun, Aug 05, 2018

Imran may get lucky. Most prime ministers have been from either Punjab or Sindh. He is the first from the frontier region.

Out of my Mind: Lynch State
Sun, Jul 29, 2018

I think the Honourable Supreme Court has got it wrong about lynching. It is not the lack of laws but a lack of will to enforce the law which is the issue.

Out of my mind: Power as poison
Sun, Jul 22, 2018

Prime ministers get blamed for everything that goes wrong even when the problem may be with the states and their failure to maintain law and order, as in the cases of lynching or rape or harassment.

Out of my mind: Brexit decisions
Sun, Jul 15, 2018

Political divisions on this issue run through both the ruling party and the Opposition. The process of leaving has a time limit, which ends on March 29, 2019. The UK has to negotiate with the European Commission.

Out of My Mind: IOU, RITA, TINA
Sun, Jul 08, 2018

In Malaga, there was a conference where they discussed topics such as the Index of Opposition Unity (IOU). Don’t believe There is No Alternative (TINA) because lo and behold, Rahul Is The Alternative (RITA).

Out of my mind: Cross dressing
Sun, Jul 01, 2018

The Opposition has the one-item agenda of hating Modi. As in 1971, when the cry of the Old Congress was ‘Indira Hatao’, now it is ‘Modi Hatao’. Then Indira Gandhi said ‘Garibi Hatao’ ,and Modi’s refrain of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ is on similar lines.

Groundhog state
Sun, Jun 24, 2018

A referendum in the Indian part of J&K should ask the people a simple question: Do you wish to stay in India or not?

Avoid ideology
Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Narendra Modi devised an inclusive strategy in 2014. He reached out to the Dalit voters. He downplayed anti-Muslim sentiments. He modernised the BJP by remaking its image as a tech-savvy party with social media and holograms. This captured the youth vote.

Chanakya 2018
Sun, Jun 10, 2018

Pranab Mukherjee rewrote history on Friday. He washed away all the sins of the RSS. From now on, no stigma attaches to the RSS even for the assassination of Gandhiji for which the RSS was acquitted (though the Congress would like you not to know).

Out of my mind: About time
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

The elections last week make one thing clear. It is time the Election Commission rethought the way in which voters are treated.

Out Of My Mind: Restore The Constitution
Sun, May 27, 2018

The secular nature of the Indian polity is written into the Constitution. But the idea that India is socialist is a mockery of the idea of socialism.

Out Of My Mind: A tragedy
Sun, May 20, 2018

The latest election has confirmed the decline of the Congress. Once again, Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi confronted each other. There is no doubt that Rahul is trying harder and getting better. But ultimately it is Modi who has made the BJP the party of the future.

Out of my mind: If only
Sun, May 13, 2018

There is no serious ideological difference left between the two parties, with the Congress repositioning itself as a liberal Hindutva party.

Out of my mind: A milestone
Sun, May 06, 2018

A crusading newspaper and an active vigilant Parliament can bring about radical change. Indian parliamentarians should try it some time. It is better than rushing to the Well of the Lok Sabha.