It’s bizarre habits like these that give each of us our individuality. Our idiosyncrasies make us unique. More or less every thing else is held in common with other people, writes Karan Thapar.
Nehru was a public figure and he was not ashamed of his love for, or relationship with, Edwina. For his heirs or this government today to demand ‘suitable’ changes would suggest there was something improper. Karan Thapar writes.
Each year The Washington Post conducts a neologism contest. It’s a fun way of creating a new word. From what my cousin Lakshman Menon has sent me, the contest appears to consist of two parts, writes Karan Thapar.
China has given its people economic security, a better life style and a higher per capita income. In 1947 (or 1949, when the People’s Republic was born) the two were in a similar position. Today China’s per capita income is four times greater than India, writes Karan Thapar.
Less than a year after the elections, is the government adrift? I won’t say its coming unstuck but it’s hard to deny that its run into a sea of troubles and the hand at the wheel seems uncertain, writes Karan Thapar.
Perhaps you’re aware that Shashi Tharoor is upset with me and are wondering what it’s all about? Normally I would not satisfy such curiosity, but on this occasion I will. Karan Thapar
After the devastating knock IPL has suffered it needs not just a new face but a new body. The need of the hour is to restore confidence. But can that happen without a clean sweep of the old and the introduction of carefully chosen new men? Karan Thapar writes.
Who said Indians don’t have a sense of wit? Trawl the Net and you’ll discover how inventive and clever we can be. But what has really surprised me is how good we are at devising puns and rhymes, writes Karan Thapar.
Sometimes success makes you forgetful of the significance of your achievement while failure, particularly if it’s recent, looms large on the horizon. I fear that could be the case as we consider assessments of the first year in office of UPA 2, writes Karan Thapar.
Do you ever ask yourself why, after 63 years of independence, we, as a country, have not fared better? No doubt life today is an improvement on what it was in 1947 (although I have uncles who seriously question that), writes Karan Thapar.
In the 1970s Air India was one of the world’s best airlines. But now the truth is that Air India’s halcyon days seem like a fairytale — bewitching but hardly believable, writes Karan Thapar
‘What’s the worst sort of government?’ I’m often asked. This week, I think, I have a clear answer. It’s a government that knows it has a problem, has identified the right solution but lacks the courage to act on it, writes Karan Thapar.
There’s no point searching for proof that Rajiv Gandhi was involved in Warren Anderson’s ‘escape’ from India on December 7, 1984. Whether it exists or not, it’s unlikely to be found except by luck. And you can’t determine good fortune. Karan Thapar
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.