AAP vs aam aurat vs khap panchayats

The AAP government in Delhi refuses to ban khap panchayats. It condones search and assault of African women in Khirki extension in south Delhi. The chief minister and his cabinet colleagues even sit on a dharna demanding suspension of police offic

Please just take a hike get lost and shut up

Every time some calls me or meets me and says they need to tell me something and they are percolating with excitement, I want to go into my little room, shut the door and hide because I know they are going to tell me what I don’t want to hea

How to read an interview

The 27 January interview of Rahul Gandhi with Times Now’s Arnab Goswami has been dubbed a disappointment. Keeping the fact that it was pitched as a NaMo-Raga face-off, no one really got any masala. Nothing that Gandhi said incited p

Er, is that an err in Rahul Gandhi`s earnestness?

Dear Rahul,   I saw your interview last night, as I am sure the whole nation, or, may be, the 10 or so percent of it that understands English did. Not that I understand English much – I mean I still go around confusing bet

Dear Shinde & Bassi, you were asking for ruckus at Rail Bhavan

It was just after 9 pm on a Monday, a time Arnab Goswami must have had just welcomed his viewers to The Newshour – to another bout of controlled anarchy. The Central Secretariat station of Delhi Metro was abuzz – people going home from

Tharoors Vs Vohras

After I heard the Tharoors had received eleven billion responses to their tweets over their marital fallout, I thought it was a great way to get back some social traction. Ever since I stopped running, the daily newspaper invitations have sort

Oh please, stop the piety!

I am all for the underdog but the pious get my goat. Like I was leaning on the side of Indian diplomat Devyani Khorbade vs. the nasty government of the US until I saw her pictures in the paper this morning paying tribute to Dr. Ambedkar, the leade

A steadily growing India Inc. and what it means for a sluggish economy

As per Reserve Bank of India (RBI), every ten percent depreciation of the rupee adds 120 basis points to inflation. This is because higher import costs are passed on to consumers and increase in fuel prices leads to higher fiscal deficit to the ex

A post-election national political scenario

It is now clear that the most potent political force in the 2014 parliamentary poll will be AAP and the least potent, Congress. However, at this point of time, BJP is the most formidable party with considerable lead over the rest. AAP is li

Theatre of the absurd: televising Kejriwals at home

If Arvind Kejriwal has to take a public vote for every decision he takes, he is going to paint himself into a corner. Against the background over the weekend controversy over the house allotted to him, and his dithering over it and his incessant b

Ho hum, here we go again!

Only Indians in the Gulf do it. Whenever the new ambassador or consul general arrives they go overboard. No other nation’s reps get this kind of response. Full page ads in the local papers like we were welcoming some colonial masters and gen

Why this halla about AAP government in Delhi?

All this hullabaloo is meaningless. There is no alliance, as alleged by BJP, since Congress is not part of the government. It is providing only outside support and that is only out of its own volition. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) never asked for it.

AAP vs BJP: Prospects and some issues

Unless a miracle doze is administered in a month’s time, the Congress will have no prospects in the ensuing central and state polls. The regional leaders can`t unite and pose as an alternative. That is why the fight now on is really between

Bifurcation of states: a good idea?

The debate on the creation of new states in India has been renewed with the government’s decision to allow for the creation of Telangana. Since  independence, India has experienced the creation of several states after prime minister Jaw

Brooms are not for brandishing

Just brandishing brooms in the air is not governance. I get the strong feeling that the Aam Aaadmi Party (AAP), having had a great journey has lost its nerve on reaching the platform. The train stops here, old son, time to get off and get to work.

Criminalise all the left-handed

There’s no difference under India`s cultural law (???) and perception and prejudice between Article 377 against gays and being left-handed. I am left-handed. My parents never tried to change me. On the contrary they saw it as

How can you not love bureaucrats!

I love the bureaucracy. However, would I have let my daughters marry one? Now, that’s a loaded question. Every time I go home to India I collect red tape like kids collect shells on a beach. An of

Horror: Are `masala` films making a comeback?

“ Sari ke fall sa, kabhi match kiya re. Kabhi chhod diya dil, kabhi catch kiya re...“  Can anybody make sense of these lyrics? These are just two lines from a song in the soon-to-be released movie “R….

Why I would have debuted with my vote this time

I don’t have a vote in Delhi (I stay in the Wild West– the badlands of western UP). Heck, I have never ever voted in my life, if you cut out the college and Delhi University students’ union elections. There, too, I skipped it the

Pappu Yadav books a query: Is pen mightier than the gun?

A bahubali (musclemen) once upon a time turned politician now, former member of parliament Pappu Yadav (officially Rajesh Ranjan) has now shown the hand that held the trigger once can wield a pen as well. The four-time MP this week launched his au


Finally Talwar’s out from Dasna  jail

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