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  • 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.
  • Arvind Kejriwal
    Feb 21, 2015 21:52 IST

    What an aam aadmi can teach Arvind Kejriwal and his new party

    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.

  • AAP supporters celebrate
    Feb 14, 2015 23:11 IST

    Unimpressed by power and money — that’s Delhi's message

    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.

  • Voter, Delhi polls
    Feb 07, 2015 22:27 IST

    I guess both Bedi and Kejriwal must have a problem with me

    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.

  • Barack Obama, Narendra Modi, Hyderabad House
    Jan 31, 2015 23:56 IST

    Obama spoke as a friend, Modi must heed his sentiments

    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.

  • barber
    Jan 24, 2015 23:13 IST

    Rajesh Kumar Singh is a real icon, he is a cut above the rest

    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.

  • charlie
    Jan 17, 2015 23:36 IST

    We accept limits to freedom, but often deny they exist

    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.

  • London
    Jan 10, 2015 22:21 IST

    Britain: A society that can enact its liberal values on stage

    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.

  • Winston Churchill thumb
    Jan 03, 2015 23:49 IST

    All in good humour with an unexpected sting in the tail

    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.

  • Manohar Parrikar
    Dec 27, 2014 22:06 IST

    Armed forces: They defend us but there’s no one to defend their rights

    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.

  • Modi
    Dec 20, 2014 21:22 IST

    Secularism in crisis, it is now time for Modi to speak out

    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.

  • Cigarette
    Dec 13, 2014 21:54 IST

    Thank you, smokers, for cutting the fiscal deficit

    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.

  • Indian Rupee
    Dec 06, 2014 21:50 IST

    There are shades of grey when it comes to black money

    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.

  • Narendra Modi
    Nov 29, 2014 22:05 ISTSunday sentiments

    One loud cheer for Mr Modi, don’t be squeamish about it!

    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.

  • Indira Gandhi
    Nov 22, 2014 22:11 IST

    No other PM’s career had such highs and lows like Indira's

    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.

  • Voting
    Nov 15, 2014 22:04 ISTSunday Sentiments

    Not exercising the right to vote is very much a right

    Should voting be compulsory? You may think that’s a strange question but it’s also a very interesting one, as I hope to reveal. Second, you can argue convincingly on both sides of this question although I would say one has decidedly more weight, writes Karan Thapar.