HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

Barkha Dutt

Sounds of silence

The UPA's top leadership speaks only when pushed to the brink. This is making their politics look increasingly defensive and reactive, writes Barkha Dutt.

A perilous path

High on ‘people power’ and an anti-politician mood, the Indian middle-class is misreading the signs of a functioning democracy, writes Barkha Dutt.

The circus must end

By abdicating its own authority, the government has yielded space to non-political voices. Will the UPA take charge now? Barkha Dutt writes.

It’s been quiet a while

The prime minister’s bewildering silence is making him a stranger to his own people. Like other world leaders, he must connect with the masses to preserve his legacy. Barkha Dutt writes.

Southern discomfort

If the BJP wants to continue with its anti-corruption political crusade against the UPA, it must say goodbye to BS Yeddyurappa. Barkha Dutt writes.

Only half the truth

Narendra Modi could have used his fast to genuinely recast his image. But the Gujarat CM likes to embrace his aggressive avatar, writes Barkha Dutt.

UPA: The war within

By blaming unnamed 'forces' for trying to destabilise the polity, the PM is only externalising what is an internal crisis, writes Barkha Dutt.

Argue your case

We must stop the argumentative Indian from becoming the intolerant Indian. Let’s reclaim India for what we know it to be, writes Barkha Dutt.

The victim syndrome

While we are disgusted with the bystanders who allowed Keenan and Reuben to die, as women we must ask ourselves: are we becoming inured to abuse? Barkha Dutt writes.

Getting it Right

A defensive UPA has given the BJP an edge. But the party is in danger of losing that advantage if it doesn’t evolve with the times. Barkha Dutt writes.

Winds of change

Even though Pakistan’s main institutions are locked in a battle, the age of the army coup may well be over. Barkha Dutt writes.

Not caste in stone

While some voter loyalty still forms around narrow caste affiliations, it is now fairly typical for ticket distribution in UP to reflect a rainbow coalition of communities. Barkha Dutt writes.

PMs not-in-waiting

No matter what the pundits say, don't be so sure that Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi will be prime ministerial candidates in 2014. Barkha Dutt writes.

President Pranab?

It is true that finance minister Pranab Mukherjee is invaluable to the Congress. But why punish him for his competence? Barkha Dutt writes.

Federalism for J&K?

At a time when India’s states are asserting themselves, extend the debate to the unique history of J&K. Barkha Dutt writes.
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