HindustanTimes Wed,30 Jul 2014

Karan Thapar

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.

How will history look at Kejriwal’s Aapheaval?

The last few weeks of the Aam Aadmi Party government have been mired in controversy. Its treatment of African women, the chief minister’s impetuous dharna and the dispute with the Lieutenant Governor over the process to pass the Lokpal Bill — but not its content — turned many middle class Delhiites against AAP. Karan Thapar writes

The ugly Indian: how we are racist to our people

The sad but inescapable truth is we are guilty of racism: not always but distressingly often, not all of us but, unfortunately, far too many. If this is to change we must begin by first and unreservedly accepting this fact, writes Karan Thapar.

The significant lessons Mr Gandhi must learn

Rahul Gandhi’s recent interview to Arnab Goswami is bound to be the most widely viewed. Clearly, among other things, the Congress scion needs to find a more credible and clever way of avoiding tough questions. Karan Thapar writes.

AAP and its many not-so-aam mistakes

I’m not just perplexed but completely flummoxed by Arvind Kejriwal’s behaviour. He needs to identify the lessons he must learn. First, his days of agitation are over. Second, he must mind his language.

Devyani Khobragade row: what this episode could teach us

Now that the brouhaha surrounding l’affaire Devyani Khobragade has simmered down, with all passion spent, it’s time to ask what lessons we need to learn from this unfortunate, if not also unsavoury, episode.

AAP is gaining momentum, but Kejriwal as PM seems a dream!

Perhaps the biggest factor in its favour is that AAP is neither the Congress nor the BJP. It represents the opposite of the two established parties — it’s new, uncorrupt, transparent, young and, importantly, very ordinary. Karan Thapar writes.

New Year advice for Delhi Police: let the traffic flow

Delhi Police should remove the ridiculous barriers they periodically place on the Capital’s roads— nakabandi, as they call it— because they end up annoying the very people the police seek to please or, at least, reassure. Karan Thapar writes.
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