The vote on FDI- the knaves have it!

The vote on FDI in retail in Parliament only showed us what we always knew – the knaves have it, the knaves have it! By the time it went to vote in the Lok Sabha, it had become clear that the public discourse on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail was compromised to such … Continue reading

Old whine, new battles!

 First there was the big bang theory, that held that a nation can be distracted from humongous corruption by reform-sounding economic steps. Close on its heels comes the second flanking move – a self congratulatory reshuffle which, bereft of a plausible plan, seems like old wine in new bottles. If the measure of popularity is … Continue reading

Coalgate: The Promise of a Toothache.

Solid grounds exist to implicate the Prime Minister of India in the bungling in the coal sector while he was Minister. Now, if only we would stop harping on the virtual loss and instead focus on the virtual absence of responsibility and control that the PM exhibited, we might just get the country to see … Continue reading

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

UPA: Up in the Air

Cornered like never before, the Congress is trying everything it can to save its skin – from deflecting issues to gunning for Hindu organizations –  and from using the CBI to its own purposes to destroying the credibility of the CAG. But with the series of scams at its doorstep, will it ever live down … 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

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