It’s the economist, Stupid!

The Indian economy was held up as a beacon of hope in the time that the international crisis began but it looks like we have manufactured our very own crisis. This post argues that the Indian economy’s problems arise out of the Congress’ leadership dichotomy and a fanatical obsession with retaining power – even at the expense … Continue reading

BJP and the price of difference.

In a season when the fruit should have been ready for the picking, how come everyone, including party members think that the BJP is not perceived as a natural alternative to the Congress? This post proposes that it might have to do with a self-inflicted wound – and asks the party to stop trying to … Continue reading

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The Lokpal Pill

Irrespective that the crusade by Anna Hazare was a result of circumstances created by the BJP and the collective opposition’s hard line on corruption under the UPA regime, the point remains that the Lokpal Bill is a bitter pill for the Congress to swallow. But looking at the mood of the nation, it will have … 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 Clashmir Valley.

This post argues that the Congress’ lack of vision and crony politics has repeatedly got us to the brink in the valley and that it is time to ignore the destructive self-obsession of the Kashmiris and the pompous responses of the Nehru-Gandhis, and attack the problem instead of the people. The unraveling of the Kashmir … Continue reading

India and the Idea of Identity.

 Written to commemorate India’s sixty-third year of Independence, this post argues that without a well defined sense of identity, nations fail to be great. And that Nehruvian political tradition has asphyxiated  our natural oeuvre. Sixty Three years after independence, even as we ponder what we have made of this nation, there will be tributes to … 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

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

Badly behaved Natives and the Chidam-bhram*.

Thirty minutes of mayhem on a TV Show – and why we shouldn’t take Chidambaram’s remarks seriously, and why the Government is responsible for how citizens behave. I thought I’d let the squawking pass, but it seems that the advice of Minister Chidambaram to Delhiites to enhance their social behaviour quotient in preparation for the … Continue reading