I know I’m about to suggest irresponsible MPs are like errant school children but then, quite frankly, the requirement to attend Parliament is not dissimilar to the need to be present in class, writes Karan Thapar.
Dissenters might argue Field Marshal Manekshaw is dead. So what? Of the 43 people who received the Bharat Ratna, 11 got it posthumously. One of them, Vallabhbhai Patel, 41 years after his death, writes Karan Thapar.
Only when you’re forced to face events you cannot control is when you acknowledge what a wonderful thing an excellent hospital can be and how amazing are the miracles doctors sometimes perform writes Karan Thapar.
Is it fair that governments unhesitatingly increase the tax on cigarettes with almost every budget they pass? No doubt this happens all over the world, says Karan Thapar
The Ved Pratap Vaidik affair is the latest example which shows how, at critical moments, we lack a sense of proportion, balance and perspective, writes Karan Thapar.
Without the Leader of the Opposition post, our democracy would be incomplete and diminished. This is, therefore, an issue that also touches upon the bigger and more important morality of our politics, writes Karan Thapar.
To show the action clearly and in better size, TV resorts to multiple shots of varying size. But that means you may not always get a sense of where the other players are and what challenge they pose. Karan Thapar writes.
You can laugh at someone and still respect them and love them. You can joke about them or mimic their behaviour without belittling them, writes Karan Thapar.
A strong PM is more than just a political leader. At critical moments, when unfortunate developments have disturbed the nation, he also needs to articulate a moral position the country can rally around. Karan Thapar writes.
This is a tale of two ministers. Both are freshmen and both are well known. One is a former journalist and spokesperson. The other a former army chief. Of both a lot was expected, writes Karan Thapar.
As the government completes its first fortnight, are we witnessing a new Narendra Modi, as many believe, or was the media simply wrong in its initial understanding of the man? Karan Thapar explores.
Should the education minister be a graduate? Perhaps, like me, your instinct is a loud and unequivocal yes. And you may well be right. But it’s not quite as simple as you think, writes Karan Thapar.
In our democracy, where at least 33% live in abject poverty, it’s morally abhorrent that a politician should get free accommodation for life, writes Karan Thapar
Dr Manmohan Singh doesn’t leave office with hosannas ringing in the air. The sighs of relief are, undoubtedly, louder. Yet that should not blind us to his virtuous qualities, writes Karan Thapar.
Over the last three weeks, after she began speaking out, Priyanka has dominated the front pages and captivated the television screen. In contrast, Rahul Gandhi has vanished into an inside story or the speed news section. Karan Thapar writes.