HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

Barkha Dutt

The citizen is angry, but not as disconnected as before

Much like how lighting up in public came to be viewed with derision in the West, today in India the single most unfashionable thing you can do is to not vote, writes Barkha Dutt.

It's time Modi shows the strength in softness

Even if Gujarat CM Narendra Modi believes he was needlessly vilified for Gujarat riots by a hostile media, as PM aspirant, there’s nothing to stop him now from making a more visible attempt at reconciliation.

Political hypocrisy has weakened the idea of secularism

If we agree that our pluralism and diversity is at the heart of the idea of India, how have we reached a point where secularism has become almost a bad word? Barkha Dutt writes.

This election is a blowback to elitism in India

The class and cultural divide that has kept India’s elites at a safe distance from change is about to come crashing down. Barkha Dutt writes.

When will Rahul walk the talk?

If Congress vice-president wants to be a rebel and not an ‘insider’ seeking to play ‘outsider’, he should announce elections to the Congress’ top posts. Barkha Dutt writes.

PM's rare press conference was about nothing much

Had Manmohan Singh been more upfront on certain issues- admitting to some failures or taking responsibility for some mistakes- at the press briefing, there may have been some redemption for his legacy. Barkha Dutt writes.

It must be AAP to the task now

The party can lay down a distinct set of rules for itself, but very soon it will have to show us what its own design is for building the house of democracy.

Time to decode the X-factor

If welfare schemes are no longer guaranteeing the rural vote and the urban vote is getting alienated, it is only bad news ahead for the Congress. Barkha Dutt writes.

Tehelka row has lifted lid on one of media’s worst-kept secrets

Silence is the enemy of justice, and is no longer an option. Hierarchy cannot become a license for harassment. This is every woman’s battle, writes Barkha Dutt.

Tunnel at the tunnel’s end

The Indo-Pak equation may be entering one of its worst phases. The simmering tension at the LoC is a barometer of that impending fever. Barkha Dutt writes.

Rahul Gandhi: the Insider as the Outsider

Rahul Gandhi's rebellion against the restrictions of his political inheritance may first need a more genuine distance from the Establishment. Barkha Dutt writes.

A tale in the sting

If well-used, sting operations are an invaluable tool for justice. But we can no longer pretend that the recent operation in Delhi is an aberration we can afford to ignore, writes Barkha Dutt.

Courting seclusion

There is no mechanism to probe the allegations against Justice Sabharwal. This insulation can only damage the judiciary’s credibility, writes Barkha Dutt.

Who needs the Left when...

If the Govt is not ready to risk an election then did it really need to challenge their allies with an emotional dare, wonders Barkha Dutt.

Neighbour’s envy

In their curiosity about the ‘idea of India’, Pakistanis seem to be lamenting the death of democracy, writes Barkha Dutt.
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