A holiday is no tribute to a man who said work is worship. If you really want to honour Gandhi, go out and try to be the change you wish to see, writes Barkha Dutt
If the current austerity drive has to go beyond photo-ops and TV debates, then it must focus on accountability and transparency, writes Barkha Dutt.
Every politician can learn a lesson from YSR, who could fend off all his opponents because of his direct relationship with the voters, writes Barkha Dutt.
By expelling Jaswant Singh, the BJP has lost the last trait that it claims differentiates it from the Congress — inner-party democracy, writes Barkha Dutt.
Obama’s ‘beer summit’ was an honest effort. We need such efforts in India to overcome caste and religious divisions in our society, writes Barkha Dutt.
For India and Pakistan, one single word could spell the difference between dialogue and stalemate. That word used to be Kashmir. That word could have been terrorism. But that word now is- Balochistan, writes Barkha Dutt.
The India-Pakistan joint statement was not the best-crafted consensus. But at least a start has been made, writes Barkha Dutt.
Why shouldn’t gays and lesbians get legal rights? After all, it’s not about sex, it’s about the Constitution, writes Barkha Dutt.
Sarkozy’s remark on the burqa attempts to homogenise culture. Freedom does not mean imposing your views on others, Barkha Dutt writes.
So, why does the Maharashtra Govt want to look like it has something to hide? Why does it want to undermine its own credibility by disregarding the findings of a committee that it had appointed to begin with? If it’s Assembly elections they are worried about, doesn’t verdict 2009 show them they needn’t worry? Barkha Dutt
Terrorism raises new moral questions. But real victory lies in sticking to our values even in adversity, writes Barkha Dutt.
While this is hardly the time for file pushing on Siachen or Sir Creek, don’t be surprised if you see some inventive thinking from Manmohan Singh’s team on Pakistan in the near future, writes Barkha Dutt.
Despite all the clamouring for Rahul Gandhi to be part of the new council of ministers, his instinct to stay out is probably much wiser. Not just because the party organisation needs strengthening and rejuvenation, but also because it’s the more grounded way to climb to the top. It’s a path designed to sidestep the hurdles that ingratiating sycophancy within the party can prop up, writes Barkha Dutt.
The fact is that our politics has shown a lack of imagination in dealing with a constituency of opinionated and aware men and women, who need to be made stakeholders in the system, writes Barkha Dutt.
Yes, we may be headed towards a hung verdict. And yes, we may all be worried about the absence of stability that will come with another khichdi sarkar. Nobody wants a Govt that collapses in a few months. But the good news is that India’s democracy is evolving. We are getting more argumentative, more demanding and less emotional in our political choices. Barkha Dutt examines...