HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014

Barkha Dutt

Worth two in the Mush

Two countries bound together in a dysfunctional relationship of distrust as well as dependence, there is thus an eerie similarity to the elections in Pakistan and the United States, writes Barkha Dutt.

The fortune tellers

Let's celebrate the Forbes' list because all four men on it are men who for the most part, built or expanded their own empires, crawling and climbing their way up, writes Barkha Dutt.

Shadow on India Rising

We salute Indian women who head Pepsi and Motorola, but we couldn’t be bothered about other Indian women who end up as poorly paid maids in New York.
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Not caste in stone

Indians seem to react to Mayawati in only two kinds of ways: either with odious prejudice or with irrational reverence, writes Barkha Dutt.

Caught in the middle

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.

New rules of engagement

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.

Test of liberal democracy

Terrorism raises new moral questions. But real victory lies in sticking to our values even in adversity, writes Barkha Dutt.

Hide and seek

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 examines...

In my space

Sarkozy’s remark on the burqa attempts to homogenise culture. Freedom does not mean imposing your views on others, Barkha Dutt writes.

Deeper and darker

Extra-constitutional violence, whether that of the Naxals or that unleashed by groups like the Salwa Judum, has no place in our democracy, writes Barkha Dutt.

Sceptics, once again

Manu Sharma’s conviction gave us hope. But his parole controversy shows that influential people can still twist the law for personal gains, writes Barkha Dutt.

Put security under a new type of scanner

All nations are upgrading to better security systems. India should also follow suit, but without allowing the State to spy on its citizens. Barkha Dutt elaborates.

Smoke and mirrors

We need to know what happened in the 26/11 attack. The UPA must set up a panel to uncover the truth, writes Barkha Dutt.

Many shades of grey

‘This isn’t about India as a country; it’s just about a few people who do not understand the language of Modern Art. Art is always ahead of Time. They will understand one day.’ With these words and the brandish of a giant brush, a twinkly-eyed M F Husain sought to close the recent debate that has polarised public opinion about him, writes Barkha Dutt.

Taliban: good again?

Increasingly a belief is gaining ground that the Taliban must be brought on board for peace in Afghanistan. This strategy does not augur well for India, writes Barkha Dutt.

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