Birthday of a leader

I am on a visit to Singapore. September 16 was the 90th birthday of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, considered the Founding Father of Singapore. He was the first prime minister when Singapore became independent in 1965 and stepped down in 1994, making way for yo

All you wanted to know about Syria - and some more

As portentous war clouds loom over the Arab belt, as global markets tumble on febrile fears over petroleum and as a sweaty world sits at the precipice of yet another potential calamity, in the US of A many sensitive and sensible folks must be rack

Indians miss the point about Miss America: She`s not us!

What’s the big fuss about? An American has won the Miss America title. So good. I am happy for Nina Davuluri whose first statement on being crowned was, “I am an American.” Right on, lady, you are. So why are all t

Dear Miss America, no offences but little reason to blame Bollywood if it doesn`t want to cast you

By becoming Miss America, Nina Davuluri, an American woman of Indian descent and who wants to ostensibly become a cardiologist, has inadvertently set a thousand tongues and twitter handles rolling, and set the media – both the social and pre

Muzaffarnagar riots: is state passing buck by blaming social media?

Is social media responsible for aggravating communal tension in Muzaffarnagar, leading to killing of over 50 people? If you go by the opinion of the state government, the answer is an unambiguous ‘yes’. Though this was t

How Tripura became India`s top literate state

On September 8, Tripura’s unassuming chief minister Manik Sarkar announced that the tiny northeast Indian state is India’s most literate state. At 94.65 percent (based on final assessments by all districts), literacy r

Pandianaattu Pulav!

Recently there was a ‘Festival of Madurai Cuisine’ at a swanky hotel here in Chennai, and as a Madurai person myself my first reaction was one of immense happiness, primarily over the fact that someone had managed to put Madurai and cu

10 steps needed to revive growth

On August 31, Dollar-Rupee and Pound- Rupee parity were 66.6 and 103.3 respectively. In between the rupee reached 68.85 against the dollar necessitating RBI intervention. Since May 22 when the US hinted at tightening liquidity, the rupee has depre

Bhatkal arrest and conspiracy theories

As news channels and online services flashed the news ‘Yasin Bhatkal arrested’ early Thursday (Aug 29) morning, there were murmurs of excitement in quite a few war rooms across the country, it is learnt. By afternoon, as

Erm, did we nab the right rapists?

Okay, you are smarter than I am so you tell me. Why do the Indian police always hold hands with the suspects after arresting them? You often get this picture of five cops holding a palm and a shoulder or an arm and an elbow and then

Mumbai, please don`t ever change!

I moved back to Delhi after a two-year stay in Mumbai in 2010. In two years, the city broke many myths for me which I had begun to believe as hard truths while growing up in Lucknow and then studying and working in Delhi. The first one was that wo

Mamata sees allergy in red but doesn`t green denote jealousy?

Move aside ‘Mirakkel’. You are no competition to Mamata Banerjee’s whole new range of comedy series. Gone are the days of stand-up comedians with their prepared acts. As Mamata-didi plays out her fears and insecurities as chief m

Transparent intentions

At the time of its inception in 2005, the Right to Information Act generated high hopes and was rightly called the second independence of sorts for the people. Now that this powerful weapon is aimed at the political parties, to make them accountab

Amid all jingoism about army, one inconvenient question

While we mourn the death of our jawans in the recent Indo-Pak border incident, the question that disturbs me, having been part of the paramilitary forces, is whether we are performing our duty properly. I joined the CRPF in December


Adam Smith was a moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economy. He is best known for his second seminal book: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, which strongly emphasizes on the role of ‘self-interest&rsqu

Our institutuions should boot up to propel the economy

The Indian economy is the ninth-largest in the world by nominal GDP and the third-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). According to statistics released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for 2012, on per-capita-income basis, India ranke

Why Kashmiri Rasool should have played for Team India

I come from a generation of Bengalis for whom the greatest pride in Indian cricket is a southpaw who batted with footwork that went from minimal to even zero at times, moved his body parts starting from the backside and down till the right foot at

JNU`s dilemma

Most people would consider getting into JNU a big achievement as JNU is undoubtedly one of the best educational institutions of our country. It’s a university known not only for its academic excellence but also for the vigour and rigour of i

Health, wealth, and other things

All I got from my visits to two doctors at two of Noida`s leading private hospitals were impoverising bills, innumerable pills to pop and little relief from the pain I was experiencing. So, I decided to confront my fear of long queues and dreary w

Muslims are still better off in Gujarat

In India, the minority population is merely a vote bank for most political parties. The BJP too tried to woo them. The party is projecting Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for general elections of 2014 and is likely to announce his name sho


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