Indian school teachers will never command the respect French teachers get because they are not expected to. In fact, their clothes give the impression that they are forever in and out of pajama parties
Muhammad Ali was at his peak as a boxer from 1964 through to the seventies, but during all those years he was also at his peak as a preacher of peace and Islam. The latter day Ali did not show this full bodied greatness. This is why it is so easy for all kinds of political reprobates to own him today
If political correctness in speech is still not quite the norm here it is probably because there are too many gross inequalities in India
Caste politics helps makes caste politicians, who then cater to their charmed circle. This is why the OBC furore is crony casteism at its best.
Some seek publicity, others are born with it and then there are those who have it thrust upon them. Dipankar Gupta writes.
As the UP chief minister begins her election campaign, a 3-city HT-Cfore survey reveals how and why the urban middle-class recoils at the thought of Maya as PM.See graphic
The machismo of the scientific-military complex is dearer to the CPI(M) than bringing health and education to the poor, writes Dipankar Gupta.
At the end of the day what is most depressing is that Sikhs are becoming caste-ridden, and more and more like Hindus, writes Dipankar Gupta.
For Psephologists, village India is racked by caste wars and each caste is battling against another in a constant struggle for supremacy and that’s where they go wrong, writes Dipankar Gupta.
Caste determinism works against democracy, no matter who the beneficiaries might be, writes Dipankar Gupta.
Mayawati believes that caste sentiments are fashioned by class interests, writes Dipankar Gupta.
The Supreme Court has rightly criticised the Centre for indulging in quota politics, writes Dipankar Gupta.
In no other Indian Metro are there as many dogs as there are in Delhi, writes Dipankar Gupta.
We need to keep our house in order and the watering holes in good repair to prevent brain drain, writes Dipankar Gupta.
Lage Raho Munnabhai is a soap opera that spoofed Gandhi to work out rather elite middle class anxieties, writes Dipankar Gupta.
Unsocial godfathers are held in check by the Mahatma's real presence in the nuts and bolts holding our political structure together, writes Dipankar Gupta.
As it is in the nature of shopkeeping to buy cheap to sell dear, it gets bad press from everybody else, writes Dipankar Gupta.
If the creamy layer has to be kept out, it is important to shred the Mandal report down to its tailpiece, writes Dipankar Gupta.
This may have been true in the Fourth century and later through much of the medieval years.
When the abbreviation OBC is spelt out, it refers to Other Backward Classes and not Castes. This is the meaning that the Constitution of India gave to the phrase.