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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

Karan Thapar

Does the education minister’s education matter?

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.

Why are our former prime ministers given accommodation?

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 

Manmohan's dignity mistaken for subservience

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.

Could Priyanka's success become Rahul's problem?

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.

Kejriwal's request for dissolution of Delhi assembly needs more attention

The controversial refusal to accept Arvind Kejriwal’s request for the dissolution of the Delhi assembly and the unfolding debate over it hasn’t got the attention it deserves. Yet it’s a constitutional issue that affects the core of our democracy.

Now, who’s politicising the army chief’s appointment?

The media’s lack of interest could allow the government to get away with both unconstitutional behaviour and also a possible immoral outcome. This is why this Supreme Court case is so critical, writes Karan Thapar.

An ‘accident’ that gave him the post, not the power

The critical question that hasn’t been addressed in Baru's book is: Has the book uncovered the dark hidden secrets of the Manmohan Singh prime ministership or simply acknowledged a reality that was staring us in the face, writes Karan Thapar. PMO ups the defence ante, says Singh is King

BJP’s promises: The proof has to be in the eating!

Sadly, the manifesto is deafeningly silent about Section 377. Was that really one step too far? After all, if you’re going to bite the bullet you shouldn’t worry about chipping your molars!

LS polls: Uninformed voting is not meaningful democracy

At the moment we vote in hundreds of millions; efficiently and readily accept the result. That’s, no doubt, impressive. But how informed are we about the people or parties we are electing? Karan Thapar writes.

Our army's past is not that of our politicians

The truth is our army is one of our greatest institutions and very possibly the oldest. In fact, our foolish politicians forget the Indian Army predates our democracy. Consequently, its relationship with the past is very different to that of our netas. Karan Thapar writes.

A careful answer but we get it now, Rahul

Asked why he had hesitated to apologise for the 1984 Sikh killings in his Times Now interview, Rahul Gandhi replied: “The PM of the UPA has apologised and the president of Congress party expressed regrets. Karan Thapar writes.

They’re Indian but don’t feel that they’re Indian

In 2004, when India toured Pakistan, and our hosts cheered our victories, we applauded them for doing so. We praised the large heartedness of the Pakistani audience. Isn’t it strange that 10 years later, when Kashmiris cheer Pakistan, we press criminal charges? Writes Karan Thapar.

Do politicians think we’re fools?

When people keep voting for politicians regardless of their tainted character, pathetic performance and with no credible expectation of change, then the political leaders probably do look upon the voters as fools, writes Karan Thapar.

Insults and insinuations. Where’s all this going?

Only if we assert our ethics will politicians recognise the limits they set. The start, therefore, has to be a clear statement that we, the Indian people, have had enough and will not tolerate anymore.

What was Manmohan 'thinking' while he was PM? We’ll never know

Becoming PM drove Manmohan into a shell. He was never gregarious but now he’s become silent. He was always thoughtful but now he’s stopped sharing his thinking. Writes Karan Thapar.
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