It’s not intelligence failure that makes us sitting ducks. It’s not the lack of legal deterrence either. Essentially, it’s always one thing that comes in the way of our ability to fight terrorism: politics, writes Pratik Kanjilal.
Pakistan’s borders now contain three nations ruled by three distinct entities: the elected government and civil society, the jihadis, the khakis and their spooks. It’s a three-nation theory
Last year, Jaswant Singh had invited ten BJP dissidents to a feudal riyan ceremony in his native village in Barmer, where they allegedly ate opium from his hand as a mark of fealty.
Half a century of draconian laws with draconian names have done us no good. But the government insists on a new one that is sure to do much more harm than Antulay could ever do, writes Pratik Kanjilal.
This week, everyone is demanding evidence and no one is about to get any. Asif Zardari wants to see concrete evidence that Ajmal Kasab is a bona fide Pakistani.
The general elections are near and terror is the core issue. As the demarcation between the policies of the BJP and the UPA diminishes, voters seem to have been robbed of their choices, writes Pratik Kanjilal.
Like 2008, this year too has started with a barrage of problems. For the Chinese, 2009 is the Year of the Immovable Brown Ox in which no change is possible. So, don’t expect good tidings, writes Pratik Kanjilal.
A Western production like Slumdog Millionaire, Indian in form and content, with a song-and-dance number, has managed to bridge the gap between art cinema and box-office success. Pratik Kanjilal elaborates.
A new trend of campaigns, courtesy technology, allows the public to take action against politicians and corporations. It signals better times ahead as the real power now seems to vest with the common man, writes Pratik Kanjilal.
Many vote for the BJP only to deny the Congress. But they are also uncomfortable with the party’s violent history. This means that there is now room in the polity for a humane conservative party. Pratik Kanjilal elaborates.
Does copying or recreating a tune qualify as plagiarism? Despite intellectual property laws, in an open-source environment it is tough to differentiate between what’s original and what’s not.
The face-off between the self-proclaimed moral warriors and the pink-undies brigade is beyond class war. It’s about who earns maximum publicity at the lowest cost. This is the latest crime against the people, writes Pratik Kanjilal.
A multicultural society like India is bound to have religious differences. The loopholes in our legal system help hardliners to victimise whoever they might wish to target, writes Pratik Kanjilal.
By winning the Oscars, we have pushed the door open to the Western world. But it’s also true that for some time, indirect ways will be the only way to reach out to the world markets. Pratik Kanjilal elaborates.
The report Selling memorabilia of Mahatma is immoral (February 25) is really a shame. How we value Gandhiji’s priceless treasures is doubtful, given the rampant corruption in all walks of Indian life.