- Aug 29, 2015 21:49 IST
A top Pakistani politician was willing to give interviews to the Indian media, even after the climactic denouement 48 hours earlier when the talks collapsed amidst acrimony and bitterness. Would an Indian politician have agreed to speak to the Pakistani media in similar circumstances? asks Karan Thapar.
- Aug 22, 2015 22:35 IST
If OROP as promised is difficult to deliver then this should have been admitted transparently, directly and to all the important leaders of the different ex-servicemen’s movements writes Karan Thapar
- Aug 15, 2015 22:24 IST
Modi must rise above partisan politics — and that includes his party’s interests — and take the moral high ground and, from that unaccustomed location, speak to all MPs but with his focus firmly fixed on the Indian people, who I’m convinced will be watching and listening intently writes Karan Thapar
- Aug 08, 2015 22:23 IST
Did the Lok Sabha speaker murder democracy when she suspended 25 Congress MPs for five days for repeatedly and defiantly disrupting the House? Or was she, belatedly but necessarily, exercising powers that, in fact, should have been used decades earlier to enforce decorum and discipline?
- Aug 01, 2015 22:34 IST
My guess is that history will even out this difference between the two doctors. When it’s written without passion, but with objectivity and balance, it will be a lot kinder to Dr Manmohan Singh. And I would venture to suggest it won’t be as adulatory of Dr Kalam.
- Jul 25, 2015 23:11 IST
In India, we have to go to extremes to ensure the right thing is done. We don’t do it automatically or quickly. We have to be pushed. That’s why our Parliament so often seems dysfunctional before it corrects itself. To mis-phrase Churchill, we try all the wrong things before we end up doing the right one.
- Jul 19, 2015 08:55 IST
Does the Ufa statement represent a significant achievement for Prime Minister Modi? Judging by its content the answer is a clear yes. Judging by Sartaj Aziz’s comments to Dawn and his subsequent press conference, where he was clearly wriggling with embarrassment, I’m confident my answer is right.
- Jul 11, 2015 21:08 IST
I don’t think I’ll ever stop marvelling at the stuff the internet throws up. Oh dear, that could have been better phrased! Every now and then I receive emails full of nuggets aficionados have dug up and salt them away for an occasion like this. Today, I’m going to share with you a small part of my collection and, yes, I’ve phrased myself advisedly because I do consider them gems.
- Jul 04, 2015 21:53 IST
Has the Congress overplayed its hand against Vasundhara Raje whilst throwing away the trump it could have used against Sushma Swaraj? I’m tempted to say yes.
- Jun 27, 2015 23:38 IST
The cold facts of the Emergency are chilling: 34,988 people were detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act whilst 75,818 were held under the Defence of India rules
- Jun 21, 2015 01:03 IST
Sushma Swaraj is innocent until proven guilty. But is staying silent the right step at this point of time. Karan Thapar asks 10 questions to the union minister in the middle of mess.
- Jun 13, 2015 23:15 IST
The prime minister and I have at least one thing in common: we both like blowing our trumpets! Quite frankly, I can’t deny it’s music to my ears. I’m pretty sure he likes the sound for much the same reason too writes Karan Thapar.
- Jun 06, 2015 22:17 IST
If you study the comments by the defence and finance ministers, and the prime minister over the last few weeks you can’t help feel this is a classic case of ministers getting the message wrong. As a result they’ve made a difficult situation decidedly worse. Read on and see if you agree with this conclusion.
- May 30, 2015 22:56 IST
You might find this amusing but the thought that came to my mind on Mr Modi’s first anniversary is the more things change the more they stay the same. This may sound rhetorical but it’s also a revelatory truth.
- May 23, 2015 21:37 IST
What Mr Modi should never forget is that, outside of his opponents in politics, even his critics want him to succeed for the simple reason he’s the only Prime Minister we have and India can’t afford to stumble or lag behind, writes Karan Thapar.