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Karan Thapar
Karan Thapar
  • In India, we have to go to extremes to ensure the right thing is done. We don’t do it automatically or quickly. We have to be pushed. That’s why our Parliament so often seems dysfunctional before it corrects itself. To mis-phrase Churchill, we try all the wrong things before we end up doing the right one.
  • A file photo of the parliament building. (HT Photo)
    Jul 25, 2015 23:11 IST

    Trying all the wrong things before doing the right one

    In India, we have to go to extremes to ensure the right thing is done. We don’t do it automatically or quickly. We have to be pushed. That’s why our Parliament so often seems dysfunctional before it corrects itself. To mis-phrase Churchill, we try all the wrong things before we end up doing the right one.

  • Modi Sharif
    Jul 19, 2015 08:55 IST

    India’s come up trumps at Ufa, much to the wrath of many

    Does the Ufa statement represent a significant achievement for Prime Minister Modi? Judging by its content the answer is a clear yes. Judging by Sartaj Aziz’s comments to Dawn and his subsequent press conference, where he was clearly wriggling with embarrassment, I’m confident my answer is right.

  • Barack Obama
    Jul 11, 2015 21:08 IST

    When it comes to our chaps, the joke’s never on them

    I don’t think I’ll ever stop marvelling at the stuff the internet throws up. Oh dear, that could have been better phrased! Every now and then I receive emails full of nuggets aficionados have dug up and salt them away for an occasion like this. Today, I’m going to share with you a small part of my collection and, yes, I’ve phrased myself advisedly because I do consider them gems.

  • Vasundhar Raje, Lalit Modi, Sushma Swaraj
    Jul 04, 2015 21:53 IST

    Sushma’s case was weak but the Congress went for Raje

    Has the Congress overplayed its hand against Vasundhara Raje whilst throwing away the trump it could have used against Sushma Swaraj? I’m tempted to say yes.

  • Jun 27, 2015 23:38 IST

    Eternal vigilance is the price we pay for our liberties

    The cold facts of the Emergency are chilling: 34,988 people were detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act whilst 75,818 were held under the Defence of India rules

  • Lalit Modi and Sushma Swaraj
    Jun 21, 2015 01:03 IST

    We need explanations, not just your tweets, Mrs Swaraj

    Sushma Swaraj is innocent until proven guilty. But is staying silent the right step at this point of time. Karan Thapar asks 10 questions to the union minister in the middle of mess.

  • Narendra Modi
    Jun 13, 2015 23:15 IST

    Gentle, demure, soft, but then that's just not our tune , is it?

    The prime minister and I have at least one thing in common: we both like blowing our trumpets! Quite frankly, I can’t deny it’s music to my ears. I’m pretty sure he likes the sound for much the same reason too writes Karan Thapar.

  • pic 28
    Jun 06, 2015 22:17 IST

    A long hot summer is in store for our brave ex-servicemen!

    If you study the comments by the defence and finance ministers, and the prime minister over the last few weeks you can’t help feel this is a classic case of ministers getting the message wrong. As a result they’ve made a difficult situation decidedly worse. Read on and see if you agree with this conclusion.

  • Narendra Modi
    May 30, 2015 22:56 IST

    It’s always reassuring when the Centre can hold steady

    You might find this amusing but the thought that came to my mind on Mr Modi’s first anniversary is the more things change the more they stay the same. This may sound rhetorical but it’s also a revelatory truth.

  • Narendra Modi
    May 23, 2015 21:37 IST

    The nation had the company of Mr Modi each day of the year

    What Mr Modi should never forget is that, outside of his opponents in politics, even his critics want him to succeed for the simple reason he’s the only Prime Minister we have and India can’t afford to stumble or lag behind, writes Karan Thapar.

  • Ed Miliband
    May 16, 2015 23:07 IST

    Grace in defeat: What Indian politicos can learn from Britain polls

    Within hours of the result —in fact even before the sun had set — three political party leaders resigned. They were Ed Miliband of Labour, Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats and Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party. They accepted moral responsibility even though they were not personally to blame.

  • Narendra Modi
    May 10, 2015 00:20 IST

    Modi must grit his teeth and smile at the same time

    I’m afraid Mr Modi is caught between two equally compelling forces — the anguish of unfulfilled expectations and the power of outspoken criticism and dissent. As he approaches his first anniversary, I doubt if they will make for a comfortable celebration, writes Karan Thapar.

  • Nepal, earthquake
    May 02, 2015 23:30 IST

    Where were you when the Nepal earthquake took place?

    People remember what they’re doing when the earth starts to shake. I’m pretty confident if you do a test you’ll discover I’m right. Everyone who’s been through an earthquake will remember when it happened.

  • Rahul Gandhi
    Apr 25, 2015 22:25 IST

    Well begun, Mr Gandhi, but the jury is still out on this

    Has Rahul Gandhi returned a new, reinvigorated and forceful politician? Or are first impressions beguiling but deceptive? The Congress party has no doubt the answer is a resounding yes. But that’s to be expected.

  • Modi in France
    Apr 18, 2015 22:23 IST

    The rules of dress diplomacy should apply to Mr Modi too

    What has Mr Modi got against ties? Is it okay for the prime minister to dress ‘inappropriately’? And is this a suitable subject for public comment? These are the three questions I wish to tackle this Sunday morning.