HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Karan Thapar

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.

Rahul Gandhi’s worst enemy is Rahul himself

Would you agree that sometimes Rahul Gandhi can be his own worst enemy. Yes, if you consider the things he has said in his recent speeches or the earlier press conference that scuppered the government’s ordinance. Karan Thapar writes.

The many woes that plague the CBI

Absence of autonomy is not the only affliction the CBI suffers from. Its handling of the Birla-Parakh episode suggests the rot runs significantly deeper. Karan Thapar writes.

The system weathered the raging Cyclone Phailin

Only rarely do journalists in India write in praise. If I’m honest, such sentiments get stuck in our throat. However, the smooth and very successful response to Cyclone Phailin cries out for applause. Karan Thapar writes.

Today, honesty is a diminishing virtue

Imagine my surprise when on Sunday (September 8) I discovered that The Express and Mail Today had done identical interviews, with Kamal Nath making exactly the same point. Was this a coincidence? Or was it just conceivable they had seen the news clips and the excerpts and decided to put the same question to Kamal Nath so they could claim he had given the same answer to them as well? In other words, had they cleverly converted our interview into their own?

Lessons the Army can teach Mr Modi

Modi speech last Sunday was a telling example of how he can be right and yet trip himself. To a mammoth crowd he said that the Indian Army is our finest example of secularism. He’s absolutely right. Karan Thapar writes.

No good for VK Singh or for the Army

Is there a possibility Gen Bikram Singh designed this inquiry to deliberately target his predecessor because he believes Gen VK Singh attempted to thwart his appointment as Army Chief? Karan Thapar writes.

Neither Narendra Modi nor Rahul Gandhi should be PM

If there’s one thing you expect of those who could be prime minister it’s a sense of judgement. Last week I realised that our two most likely candidates don’t seem to have it. Karan Thapar writes.

A gift for our troubled times

There is one particular form of ‘goodness’ I want to draw your attention to. It’s a wonderful book that was recently gifted to me and which I cannot stop looking at. Karan Thapar writes.

Criticism is not contempt

The time has come for us to redefine contempt. We don’t need to protect the position or reputation of judges, writes Karan Thapar.
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