Talking with a different Modi

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that there may be a better chance of peace talks with India if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins the general election. The assumption is that peace talks with Pakistan means talks on...

Can Jeremy Corbyn solve the Congress’ problem?

Rahul Gandhi has faced the brunt of a media onslaught, including social media, like no other living political leader. The handing over of the baton of the presidency of the Congress back to his mother has come in for ridicule, as it must. But this should be a moment...

Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, chip off a very different block

The handling of the confidence vote proceedings in the Karnataka Assembly by Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has sparked a furore. Depending on where one’s sympathies lie, it can be seen either as the actions of a fastidious man or a total sham. But for a neutral observer, it...

In Need of a Live Aid

Freddie Mercury is actually Farrokh Bulsara. At 18, that was a matter of great pride for me. I was quickly disappointed to learn that Freddie Mercury didn’t quite like to “own up” to his Indian roots. It hurt my import-substitution era national pride.  I didn’t...