Occasionally television can be truly revealing. That was the case on Friday when the BBC broadcast live the interrogation by the Chilcot Inquiry Committee of the British prime minister on the Iraq war, writes Karan Thapar.
We don’t know the full story about Sukna land scam and I certainly don’t claim I do. But the more I discover the more I feel that our initial judgement was unfair. One day, I hope, the truth will emerge, writes Karan Thapar.
As US pressure on the Taliban and Al-Qaeda grows, they will seek sanctuary, as they have in the past, in Pakistan. The US administration is hoping that Islamabad will seal its borders and deny them refuge. But will it? Karan Thapar examines...
The army chief has been criticised for recommending different punishments for the four indicted officers. It’s claimed this is ‘proof’ he was treating Lt Gen Prakash leniently, writes Karan Thapar.
‘Why does Amar Singh fascinate the media?’ It was a question anyone could have asked but hearing it from Pertie aroused my suspicions. Behind his curiosity, I felt convinced he was making a deeper point about Indian journalism. So I answered carefully, writes Karan Thapar.
‘Why does Amar Singh fascinate the media?’ It was a question anyone could have asked but hearing it from Pertie aroused my suspicions. Karan Thapar examines...
The only thing more fun than reading a letter is to pore over one addressed to someone else. Like forbidden fruit, it tastes sweeter. This is why K. Natwar Singh’s latest book, Yours Sincerely, is such a pleasure, writes Karan Thapar.
Jyoti Basu was not a tall man but you hardly noticed that when he walked into a room. There was, instead, a spring in his step that caught your eye. Even though he did not smile a lot, his manner was reassuring, writes Karan Thapar.
Last month, my brother-in-law Irwin Tellis died after heroically battling cancer for four months. He knew the end was near yet it never affected his attitude. Till the end, he was smiling and joking, writes Karan Thapar.
Reflecting popular anger is one thing. Taking sides is quite another. A criminal charge has to be based on evidence, writes Karan Thapar.
This year I’m taking on a bigger challenge. I’ve decided to give up interrupting my guests. Instead, I shall let them waffle and drone on, writes Karan Thapar.
To begin with here are a collection of things you can only say at Christmas — and many of them are probably said deliberately! Karan Thapar examines...
The maharajas were not just vain but also rather delighted with themselves. They couldn’t resist being photographed or commissioning portraits, writes Karan Thapar.
Because we think of Vajpayee with warmth and nostalgia, it’s difficult to accept that he could also have played a different, disturbing role, writes Karan Thapar.
Instead of rejoicing in the richness that English offers, we’ve all dumbed down and happily settled for the limited range of SMS-speak, writes Karan Thapar.