I’m sure you would agree that autobiographies are not easy to write. Even authors who have led fascinating lives are often mistaken about what events to include or judiciously omit, leave aside the degree of subsequent detail. Karan Thapar writes.
I want to ask a controversial question this Sunday morning: how much of the blame for last week’s Indo-Pakistan denouement lies with India? Could it be the case that there was a gap between our public pronouncements and our actual position? Asks Karan Thapar.
Have you observed how India is easily roused by military dictators in Islamabad but is unconcerned about those that strut and fume in Rangoon? The Pakistani variety stick in our throat. Karan Thapar writes.
If your kids were shot dead by policemen and the government had nothing to say you would be livid. Democratic governments need to respond to such tragedies no matter how difficult, tricky or sensitive. Silence is never the answer, writes Karan Thapar.
In several areas the government appears confused, contradictory or, worse, paralysed, writes Karan Thapar.
In this age of television most of us have forgotten the power and charm of photographs. Yet far more than the moving image, the black and white still frame can capture a mood or a memory which, thereafter, becomes indelible. Karan Thapar writes.
Of the many qualities one looks for in a government among the most essential is a clear idea of what it’s seeking to do and a sensible strategy for achieving it. However, when you review this government’s handling of the Nuclear Liability Bill you cannot but conclude that both were missing. Karan Thapar writes.
There's a golden law about making rules: never create one that you cannot be confident of successfully enforcing. If you do, you could provoke the wrath of those on whom it is to be imposed and also humiliate your own authority. Karan Thapar writes.
Sometimes the more the media covers a story the less you learn about it. The present debate over the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Kashmir is an excellent example. Karan Thapar writes.
The problem is that everyone in the government is accustomed to accepting shoddy work, writes Karan Thapar.
Why do silly little things work us into a froth? Why can't our response be restrained and sensible instead? I'm afraid both the government and the press have hugely over-reacted to a New Zealand television anchor's deliberate mispronunciation of Sheila Dikshit's name. Karan Thapar writes.
In lagos, you will occasionally find a chirpy, smiling youth called Good News or a surly youngster called big problem, writes Karan Thapar.
What is it about Doon School that makes adults in their 40s, 50s and 60s, as much as lads in their 20s, turn mushy? Karan Thapar writes.
How seriously should we take comments by the president or a governor? It's an odd question, I admit, but one that was poignantly posed last Saturday when, first, Margaret Alva, governor of Uttarakhand, and then Pratibha Patil, our dear president, advised Doon School to turn co-educational. Karan Thapar writes.
The Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam has revealed a rot in the armed services that isn’t just depressing and distressing but also disillusioning. Karan Thapar writes.