Books & Ideas
Visionary Talks Series
Ashish was Editor, Governance Now.
Five Ws of Gandhi assassination
The wisdom of why you can’t step in the same river twice
Reading ‘Meghaduta’ in the times of climate change
A portrait of Mahatma as a young man
Story of an incredible political jugalbandi, with all colour and drama
How Gita can help you address challenges of life
“Self-built, incremental housing by people themselves should be encouraged”
The art of living – and dying – well
A travelogue of an inner pilgrimage
Making sense of the nation
Vanni: In struggle of memory, pictures complement words
Dharma as the original Idea of India
Back to the business of governance, with economy as top priority
Want to win elections?
The role celebrities play in politics
The heat is rising
In search of Gandhi’s answer to the question: ‘What a human life should be’
How taxes vanish into a black hole
Kashmir conundrum and Pakistan’s democracy deficit
Why not nationalise cricket administration
Why not offer basic income to all?
Why not have nationwide prohibition?
Why not allow people to propose laws?
Why not make rich farmers pay tax?
The why not game
Governance of the self
The Rusting of the Steel Frame
Here and now: Life lessons from Adi Shankara
Nature vs. human nature
How Mahatma Gandhi spent I-Day
Opposition is less than the sum of its parts
Crunch Time: Modi has to make the most of Bache Din
Modi, banking on anti-incumbency, keeps win record intact
Book Review: Letters to a Young Philosopher
Speech therapy for climate change
For a Gujarati, BJP is what CPM was for a Bengali (with a rider)
A short and succinct history of Gujarat elections
Ascent and dissent
The common man’s hopes and despair
Gujarat in the times of another Vikas
Satyagraha is not out-of-date: Bhikhu Parekh
To understand Modi saga, look at the Vaghela story
Lokpal can be set up without LoP, yes, but who’s in hurry?
The irony of being Advani
Gandhi gave a master class in political action 100 years ago
The secret of Modi’s success
Yogi Adityanath is the right choice. Here’s why
Why Delhi – or for that matter any Indian city – can’t become London
Hungama over hamam humour
Free money? Seriously?
Why next polls are not a referendum on demonetisation
Gandhigiri, chamchagiri and the spinning-wheel doctors
More lies ahead
Black money debate in black and white, with a touch of saffron
Surgical strike? This was aspirin for cancer
Here is a spiritual opportunity for Modi
Jignesh Mevani on why the dalit movement cannot fail
Kanhaiya, this is not fair: you must thank these people for your stardom
Nationalism and its discontents
Letter to my daughter: Why JNU matters
Money bill is latest in Modi’s governance model
Whatever happened to 282 seats mandate?
In the days of award wapsi, a lesson or two from `my friend Barack`
The Swedish Academy and the Sahitya Akademi
Gandhi’s word, now in authentic master copy
The man and the mahatma
In Patel protests, the Gujarat model is being demystified: Achyut Yagnik
When all demand quota, govt will have to end it: Hardik Patel
Great readers pick books that define the idea of India
Quota debate comes full circle
Haves and Have-nots: reducing the gap
Why India shifted rightwards
The moment of privacy
The state of opposition
Gujarat model of governance, from another era
People of India always turn out to be wise: Rajmohan Gandhi
Sitaram Yechury’s time starts now
Beyond the return of the prodigal
I want to share the joy I feel inside me: Narayan Desai
Piketty, champion of equality, named top ‘world thinker’
Opacity of politics
Forward thinking on backwardness
The voice of witness is now silent
Voice of witness
AAP’s moment of reckoning
Jayanthi expose: lessons for economy and environment
Kiran Bedi bares BJP’s strange weakness
Is it Vibrant Gujarat or Vibrant India?
Chunibhai, Gandhian activist, passes away
Modi juggernaut shows no signs of stopping
Saluting Satyarthi: the fight against slavery has only just begun, though
Gandhi made accessible
What Isro`s success with Mission Mars can teach other sectors
Gujarat`s lukewarm welcome to PM Modi on first visit
First 100 days reflect dichotomy of NaMo
Rs 40 lakh: is that all you need to win a lok Sabha seat?
Learn Hindi in 30 days!
Full text of President Pranab Mukherjee`s address to parliament
"Plenty of rationale for taxing richer people more"
India`s 1% problem: Some are less equal than others
In Modiland, clean sweep unlikely for BJP; Cong set to win nurtured seats
Let us talk about inequality
Where is Manmohan Singh these days?
So, when exactly did Modi get married?
Narendra Modi`s incorruptibility: what WikiLeaks cable actually said
Fighting election is a costlier `business` now!
Poll code in place, search panel in mess, wait for Lokpal just got longer
Anti-graft bill has lapsed, and that`s perfectly OK
Anarchy of our double standards
After 4 years of RTE, learning levels not bright in rural India
"We need to simplify our tax structure"
It`s people`s money, so we have to use it carefully: Surat top cop
EC ducks bouncer, but is Sachin a Maharashtra Ratna?
UPA haste a googly for Sachin`s Bharat Ratna
EC should stop meddling so much: voters are not that daft
Indian democracy & foreign funds: who`s guilty?
Modi, Sardar and politics of legacy grabbing
Birla FIR affair: fear, transparency and India Inc
Here comes Rahul the rudder
Travails of a travelling chief minister
Indian diplomacy hits a new low this week
Dr. Manmohan Singh, it is still not too late to resign
Riots, votes and the job of a politician
Vedanta funding can land Congress, BJP in a soup
Politics over damages: what`s so special about Narmada?
Mahatma Gandhi`s writings now more accessible
How democracy is finally making the state accountable
In this hamam, all our political leaders are together
SC draws line, politics is now a little less dirty
Which is the most corrupt institution in India?
Case of a missing P: where is public interest in PPPs?
Kedar: the place that makes horoscopes useless
Advani saw Vaghela, Keshubhai go: he should have known
Why arguments against opening up parties to RTI are phoney
Political parties now on info radar, a dummy`s guide to using RTI
Silent revolution: democracy now a little less opaque
Modi, Gujarati farmer and a map of development myths
MNREGS hard-sell to counter lack of awareness, bad publicity
How about Kathiyawadi as a classical language?
Sheila Dikshit and the price of political publicity
Why it could be wrong to name defence secretary as CAG
Cong ad blitz: how to win elections & influence voters
My MLA: just lawmaker or pillar of democracy?
Pharma fraud: Will Ranbaxy reassure us?
Bangalore message: we the people have little choice actually
Baldness to acne, our China syndrome
Vahanvati is sinking UPA’s ship
Law-making as if people mattered
What CBI is for: to fulfill ‘desires’ of political masters
Branding politics, in Gandhi’s times and ours
In challenging Modi, Nitish Kumar plays for high stakes
Sluggish growth: The fault, dear MMS, is not in our stars
Friedman on people like us
CJI and compassionate governance
Prez son`s self-goal: Apology won`t do, action needed
The day after hat-trick: Ahmedabad can’t have enough of NaMo
Evolution, not revolution: 5 lessons of Gujarat results so far
Reasons behind Narendra Modi’s hat-trick
Liquor, cash for votes? Voters expect it, says campaign hand
Flying machines, film stars and other attractions plus a tightlipped resident psephologist
Low-decibel campaign gathers pace
The most newsy election event
On poll eve, looking back at how hopefuls lodged claim on votes
Voting in wilderness
Achhala gets into election mode with night meeting
Days to go, issues, charges fly thick and fast
Modi’s McLuhan moment: 2D or 3D, medium just as vital as message
Modi’s home run
Snapshots of poll buzz from Modiland
As D-day inches closer, Gujarat CM goes for the jugular
The price of hate politics
Hammer has fallen, let the politics begin
What exactly are `animal spirits` – and why it’s tough to revive them
Politics in the age of YouTube
UPA takes on EC with its own model code of misconduct
UPA takes on EC with its own model code of misconduct
Anna domini: first anniversary is time for introspection
Rushdie row: The only thing we need to ban is the ban itself
Team Anna back on campaign trail is good news for democracy
Not a flop show: Anna Hazare’s fast is over but people`s fight is on
Trouble in the air: PM to meet airlines chiefs
2G: Ruias face CBI charge sheet in 10 days
J&K govt sanctions Rs 7.56 cr for judicial infrastructure
R D ministry finds gross irregularities in MNREGS
RBI, govt monitoring rupee movement: FinMin
RTI reveals slack progress on delayed VAG Metro Corridor
Next: ban those 299 Ramayanas
RTE Act will be fully operational by 2013: Purandeswari
Hats off to Mint!
Delhi schools audited by ngos
1,064 people court arrest in Mumbai
Message from Chandni Chowk
Gita for dummies
Four issues in search of a campaign
Plan process `outsourced` to World Bank?
Haves and have-nots (and Jantar Mantar)
Be practical, keep only PM, ministers under Lokpal
The Left over
When will Caesar’s wife come clean?
Banning the `truth` about the man of truth
Development within quotes
Gandhi in Egypt
Manjul on CBI`s Bofors probe
Decline and fall of Congress
Maine PR Kiya
Audacity of their hope
An idea of a (mobile) republic
Such a sorry journey
The book Gandhi did not write...
Is it foreigners’ registration office or a Bollywood party?
What`s in a name? Gnawing shame, for this village!
Our favourite reality shows: corruption and misgovernance
New, improved secularism?
Price rise and Bharat Bandh: your anguish, their politics
Modi’s Rs 135 crore joke on Mahatma Gandhi
Roy rejoinder: No gun intended
Karunanidhi b`day celebrations marred by Raja reports
Some questions you might want to ask of the prime minister
Sonia, Digvijay soft-line emboldens Maoists: BJP
Can`t India do without this Rs 5.5 cr A R Rehman song?
For Common Man, a Rahman song does not come for a song
BJP, RJD get EC notice over details of poll expense
Arundhati, propagandist with a fat dictionary
Supreme Courts upholds lifer for Manu Sharma
Reservation for `poor` Muslims: right step or wrong?
IT cadre of Babus? Industry all for it
Should we rather do away with RS nominations than have Mani Shankar in as a litterateur?
Broad outline of Gorkhaland talks finalised
Truth, justice and other dreams in Gujarat
Corporates and people
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