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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

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.

A truth journalists don’t like to admit

Scepticism and cynicism towards media is by no means unique. Infact, many think of journalism and journalists poorly. Karan Thapar writes.

Suddenly, Mr Modi has become unusually silent

If Narendra Modi endorses Rajnath Singh’s view, that homosexuality is unnatural, why doesn’t he stand up and say so and take on the chin the reproach and criticism that will follow? Karan Thapar writes.

The good woman took a fall for UPA II

The anger that toppled Sheila Dikshit was not directed against her performance in Delhi. It was seeking revenge for the corruption and policy paralysis associated with the Central government.

AAP may lose in Delhi polls, but they will have won anyway

It's what Aam Aadmi Party reflects and what they've restored that makes them important. They reflect the deep disillusionment we feel with our politics and our political parties. Karan Thapar writes.

Modi and Tejpal, a tangled web

Narendra Modi and Tarun Tejpal, two bitter opponents, find themselves caught in similar predicaments. Both men have made a bad situation considerably worse by their foolish handling of it. Karan Thapar writes.

Tendulkar is special because he’s a good man

When I call Sachin good I’m not talking about his cricketing competence nor any saintly streak in his character. I’m referring to a certain niceness, a likeability, that quickly communicates himself, writes Karan Thapar.

Advani's been misled, now he's misleading us

I've spotted two embarrassing errors in LK Advani's blog. Yet, with only a little effort Mr Advani would have known what he was presenting as fact was pure fiction. Karan Thapar writes.

Oops! Modi’s done it again

The list of Narendra Modi mishaps is not only getting longer but delightfully undiscriminating. These days, it seems, each time he speaks he manages to get something wrong- be it on China's GDP or Vallabhbhai Patel's life. Karan Thapar writes.
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