The RSS Sarsanghchalak’s comment about Mother Teresa reeks of prejudice. More surprising is that he’s utterly uninformed about the service Mother provided.
Do you remember Rajesh Kumar Singh? I first introduced him to you four Sundays ago. Most people know him as a young 26-year-old barber at The Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi. It’s a job at which he’s both efficient and courteous.
Delhi says we’re an incredible democracy: bold, unpredictable, emphatic and unimpressed by power, rhetoric or money. Wednesday was a proud day for India’s democracy, not least because so many of its top politicians were diminished by the people who ultimately matter, writes Karan Thapar.
The voting in Delhi is over and now we’re in that tense period of not knowing who we’ve elected or whether we’ve ended up with a hung assembly. This is, however, a good time to reflect on the campaign that’s just ended.
Does the Obama visit and the personal rapport between the two heads of government suggest India's foreign policy is hereafter heading in a new direction? And does this mean we will see Indian and American policies finding increasing areas of convergence? I would say the answer to both questions is yes, writes Karan Thapar.
I know Rajesh as one of the barbers at The Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi. For a year or so I’ve been one of his clients. But little did I suspect that beyond the efficiency, courtesy and diligence I respect there is a deeply thoughtful, generous and genuinely noble soul.
Let me start with a simple question: Does the Press have a right to publish articles and cartoons or broadcast TV programmes that mock God and satirise religion? Karan Thapar asks.
If a play can prove that Britain is a truly exceptional country from which we have a lot to learn then I believe I saw it last week in London, Karan Thapar writes.
If you want to be witty, one of the cleverest ways is to use paraprosdokians. It's a figure of speech in which the second half of a phrase is surprising or unexpected, with Winston Churchill a master at it, writes Karan Thapar.
The truth is Indian politicians have let down the armed forces. As far back as 2003, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence recommended OROP, calling it 'a debt', writes Karan Thapar.
Would Mr Modi have chosen Diwali or Holi for Good Governance Day? Undoubtedly not. So how did he dare to choose Christmas? This feels like a calculated affront to Christianity and Christians, writes Karan Thapar.
Given that you can vote at 18 and, second, given that in six states you can drink at 18 and in 12 at 21, why should one have to wait till 25 to smoke? Asks Karan Thapar.
Did the BJP mislead the country by promising more than it could deliver on black money? Has the NDA done more in six months than the UPA in 10 years to bring black money back? Asks Karan Thapar.
PM Modi’s invitation to US President Barack Obama to be the Chief Guest on Republic Day was not just a complete surprise but in many ways a foreign policy game changer. This step establishes Modi as a master of foreign policy, writes Karan Thapar.
Congress nurtured Bhindranwale as a tool to curb the Akalis and he turned into a Frankenstein monster. The blame for that rests entirely with Indira Gandhi. She can’t escape it, writes Karan Thapar.