The writer was an aide to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Sudheendra Kulkarni writes: A rubber stamp Rashtrapati may suit the needs of an all-powerful prime minister. But the majesty of Rashtrapati Bhavan lies less in its grand architecture and more in the extent to which its occupant ensures, without fear or favour, the supremacy of constitutional governance
Neither country must lose the hope and momentum generated by the ceasefire agreement, despite likely setbacks.
The academic community will soon see the wreckage and wonder how this could happen in democratic India.
The time has come to rally around a new idea for the world — a democratic global government that will not be held hostage to war and narrow national sovereignty.
Why was Singh admired within the BJP earlier, and reviled later? A plausible answer lies in the fact that, under Vajpayee’s leadership, the BJP was attempting sincerely to broad-base itself by becoming a liberal and secular party.
For Modi, the choice is stark. Will he repeat Nehru’s blunder, risk an unwinnable war with China, and end his premiership without solving the India-China boundary dispute?
Does Modi have it in him to break the Indo-Pak “Berlin Wall”, in coordination with General Bajwa and Imran Khan? Or will they allow inevitable provocations to interrupt the peace process, as has so often, and so sadly, happened in the past?
Even as the Sangh wrestles with its own fixity about Akhand Bharat, some of its leaders, often, become such over-enthusiastic warriors for their cause that they throw all rationality to the wind.
Language used by both the Prime Minister and Congress president coarsens the political conversation, threatens healthy debate.
That dialogue could weaken centrality of ‘secularism vs communalism’ debate
Humanity and empathy distinguished Vajpayee from his peers.
Pranab Mukherjee’s proposed trip to Nagpur holds a lesson for Rahul Gandhi: Don’t be guided by the Left’s view of the Sangh
Feeling the heat of the Opposition’s allegation that it is “anti-Dalit”, the Modi government quickly decided to file a review petition against the apex court’s ruling.
India must not view China through tinted glasses of a West fearful of the end of its global domination
Modi, his party and his government are now on an overdrive to move away from — and, if possible, altogether erase — the legacy of the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family.
Putin’s Russia ignores the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Xi Jinping’s China wants to keep its message alive.
Mumbai stampede was a systemic crime. City needs an empowered government of its own
Instead of opposing China’s mega initiative, India should use it to play a leadership role in South Asia’s infrastructural and economic integration
Very few leaders of the 20th century held sway over as many people around the world as Fidel Castro did.
Pope Francis’ message is one that India and Pakistan must hear.
The Islamabad Literature Festival gives reason for optimism about India-Pak reconciliation
The Akhand Bharat controversy exposes the Sangh’s ideological dogmas and difficulties.
Remembering Einstein on the 100th anniversary of the General Theory of Relativity. His fame is all the more exceptional because his achievement in science is not within the grasp of the ordinary mind
Why Prime Minister Modi should ignore Arun Shourie’s advice as he sets out for Beijing
Like all true Gandhians, Narayan Desai lived a life of simplicity and dedication