HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Karan Thapar

Thank you, smokers, for cutting the fiscal deficit

Given that you can vote at 18 and, second, given that in six states you can drink at 18 and in 12 at 21, why should one have to wait till 25 to smoke? Asks Karan Thapar.

There are shades of grey when it comes to black money

Did the BJP mislead the country by promising more than it could deliver on black money? Has the NDA done more in six months than the UPA in 10 years to bring black money back? Asks Karan Thapar.

One loud cheer for Mr Modi, don’t be squeamish about it!

PM Modi’s invitation to US President Barack Obama to be the Chief Guest on Republic Day was not just a complete surprise but in many ways a foreign policy game changer. This step establishes Modi as a master of foreign policy, writes Karan Thapar.

No other PM’s career had such highs and lows like Indira's

Congress nurtured Bhindranwale as a tool to curb the Akalis and he turned into a Frankenstein monster. The blame for that rests entirely with Indira Gandhi. She can’t escape it, writes Karan Thapar.

Not exercising the right to vote is very much a right

Should voting be compulsory? You may think that’s a strange question but it’s also a very interesting one, as I hope to reveal. Second, you can argue convincingly on both sides of this question although I would say one has decidedly more weight, writes Karan Thapar.

Rajdeep's book is deliciously unequivocal, indiscreet and bold

It’s not often that you come across a book by a journalist that’s not just delightfully written but also insightful, and even, eye-opening. Rajdeep Sardesai’s ‘2014: The Election that changed India’ has all these qualities. Karan Thapar writes.

Father Gilfedder healed bruised hearts, and the sherry helped

It's as clear in my memory as if it happened yesterday. But, in fact, I first met Father Terry Gilfedder 30 years ago. It was the late summer of 1982, writes Karan Thapar.

Mr Modi’s forgotten that fortune favours the brave

It’s a paradox but PM Narendra Modi's response to the political challenges he faces is significantly different to the way he handles the economic challenges. You could almost say they are the opposite of each other, writes Karan Thapar.

National is the new regional as politics in India changes

The real significance of the Haryana and Maharashtra results lies beyond the simple fact of who wins. It’s the implied message about the churning in Indian politics that is of deeper importance, writes Karan Thapar.

Tharoor’s not being disloyal, but can the party see that?

In India’s partisan politics any praise for the other side, even if slender and conditional, is an anathema. When it concerns Mr Modi, the impression the PM is succeeding or, at least, not floundering makes it decidedly worse, writes Karan Thapar.

Time to ditch the brown suits and annoying humility

I have to admit Mr Modi is quite a guy! Whether you admire or dislike him — and he is a polarising figure — you can’t stop watching him, writes Karan Thapar.

Nibble of pumpkin pie, sip of coke can help Modi warm up to US

Here’s a bit of gratuitous but well-meant advice. My specific intention is to assist Mr Modi worm his way into American hearts. And though they’re not usually difficult to enter, it’s always useful to know which keys to turn, writes Karan Thapar.

Bypolls message for BJP: the Hindu voter is secular

Do you know what I find most heartening about the recent byelection results? It’s the loud, clear and firm message from India’s Hindu voters. My bet is it will resonate across our political firmament for a while to come. Karan Thapar writes.

AAP’s CD episode has a different tale to tell

If the BJP does form a minority government it will only survive as long as the majority in the Delhi assembly permits it to do so. But that could be a fairly long while, writes Karan Thapar.

PM Modi, show the extremists the door right now

Many believe the PM has risen above his past. Perhaps he has. But he must also distance himself from the extremist elements amongst his supporters. It may be difficult and painful but it’s essential, writes Karan Thapar.
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