Flagging off a new consciousness.

The BJP’s Tiranga Yatra was seen by skeptics as a charade; by the centre as an irritant; by secularists as a red herring; by the J&K Government as a threat to peace; by the Congress as a double edged sword and by nationalists as an act of faith. But it was really an attempt at … Continue reading

The Jungpura episode: Community Vs Communality.

The recent episode of the demolition of an illegal mosque in Jungpura in New Delhi has been an eye opener for all concerned. Apart from blinkered governance, it has to rate as a most bizarre case of the government arguing against its own property! What seemed like a protracted legal battle of a well-meaning, law abiding … Continue reading

The Commonwealth Blames.

The Government has tried to seize the initiative on the Commonwealth Games enquiry, but with the clever overlap of multiple agencies and the IT raids to deflect attention, it looks like the Congress Party is already dictating the terms of reference for the probe. So, is the PM under pressure to scuttle the probe ? … Continue reading

Pehle Makaan. Fir Mehmaan.

A campaign for housing rights of slum and unauthorised colony dwellers in Delhi in the context of the Commonwealth Games 2010. It is with a hopeful heart that we have embarked on this campaign because it came to me that the expenditure on the Commonwealth Games is in stark contrast to the manner in which we … Continue reading

Stoned Immaculate*

The new-found Kashmiri talent for chucking stones at Indian forces is raising the bar for foreign policy, political gamesmanship, civil society activism and even sport. So is this the Kashmiri’s new weapon of mass distraction? Or are we too stoned to register? The latest round of stone pelting in Kashmir has a lot of people … Continue reading

UPA. In other words, you pay.

Something just doesn’t add up. Governmental gobbledygook tells us we’re doing fine. Big media bleats the same message most obediently while economist spin meisters do rounds of TV studios and trammel us with data. Nobody knows what to think. Are we in the grip of a recession or a recovery? Is the inflation good for … Continue reading

Games People Play. And an Oktoberfest in Delhi.

Three TV shows in the span of one week on the Commonwealth Games due in October in New Delhi and a lot of posturing on behalf of almost all actors in the case. It seems like logic is returning to haunt us all. But are we missing the point, once again.   So when they … Continue reading

An officer and a gentleman.

  Sainik Schools  are one of our best experiments with regimental learning. They have produced sterling candidates – both soldiers and citizens. In a time of growing shortage of officers in the armed forces, why are we so short of such schools?  Just 86 cadets joined the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun in 2008 against a course … Continue reading

Bookings. Bookies. And Bakwas.

The Indian Railways’ Tatkal Seva was supposed to leapfrog the endless queues for a paltry ticket to ride and get you instant booking nirvana. But as an inane debate on a Hindi TV channel last week showed, the waiting list remains a wailing list, while middle men show us the middle finger.   Ever tried to … Continue reading

Electricity in Delhi City.

The power regulator asks private electric distribution companies to reduce tariff since they made huge profits.  The Chief Minister of Delhi steps in and says people of Delhi are rich enough to pay and ticks off the regulator. Unbelievable, but true!   The repeated controversies involving power distribution companies in Delhi after privatization of the … Continue reading