Democratic we may be, but liberal we most certainly are not. The test is accepting that others have a right to say and do things we don’t approve of, writes Karan Thapar.
The government has both a right and a duty to warn off smokers. And if a warning has to be effective, it has to be stark, even disturbing, writes Karan Thapar.
Whilst smoking is dangerous and, for many it’s been fatal, aren’t alcohol, fatty foods and obsessive exercise also unhealthy? Karan Thapar examines...
I admire Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh because he’s often right on his jibes. It’s just that his audience — or his critics — are paralyzed by political correctness, lack of wit or both, writes Karan Thapar.
If Barrack Obama is President the nuclear deal will face a potential opponent in the White House rather than an advocate like Bush, writes Karan Thapar.
Despite the rivalry, animosities and a thousand misunderstandings, India and Pakistan have a lot in common as they are locked in a relationship neither can break, writes Karan Thapar. Read more ...
So could it be that the Naxal threat is the single biggest challenge in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand but not the rest of India? Karan Thapar examines...
The Asif I remember was a jovial tease, informal, chatty, fond of the good life and determined not to be boring or even serious. I’m flabbergasted by the change in him, writes Karan Thapar.
Are you aware the defence services regard politicians with contempt? In Daddy’s time they used to refer to them as ‘dhoti-kurtawallahs’, writes Karan Thapar.
In the end, the Agra summit failed. LK Advani and Ashraf Qazi's best efforts were in vain, but the bond they formed did not snap, writes Karan Thapar.
I’m not sure what we did before the email, but I doubt if reading unexpected letters was such fun. I have a collection of correspondents who often have me in splits, writes Karan Thapar.
Whilst elsewhere in India elections provided a safety valve to ventilate anger, in Kashmir they became a means of denying freedom and subjecting the people to unrepresentative rule, writes Karan Thapar.
The two prime ministerial candidates have set their sights as low as they could. They’re not lifting our horizons, they’re burying our interests and concerns, writes Karan Thapar.
We have a higher percentage of MPs facing criminal cases and, within that, more of them face serious ones but, mercifully or paradoxically, the total number of cases in both categories is down. Karan Thapar comments.
I don’t recall a childhood watching cricket matches...as India played — and, I’m told, usually lost. But I do remember sitting at the edge of my seat as the Wimbledon semi-finals and finals were played. Karan Thapar writes.