HindustanTimes Fri,11 Jul 2014

Karan Thapar

The right to frighten

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.

Is there a duty to discourage?

Whilst smoking is dangerous and, for many it’s been fatal, aren’t alcohol, fatty foods and obsessive exercise also unhealthy? Karan Thapar examines...

In defence of Prince Philip

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.

Let’s listen to Mulford

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.

Bonds that won’t break

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 ...

What is the truth?

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...

Meet the new Asif Zardari

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.

The Major and the General

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.

The untold Advani story

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.

Thank God for Email

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.

It's time to say sorry

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.

Silence of the lambs

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.

Crime and grime

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.

Game for tennis?

I don’t recall a childhood watching cricket 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.

A question of attitude

Yet I don’t recall complaining about the heat. No doubt the temperature was in the 40s but that did not seem to matter. I can only conclude that teenagers don’t mind sweltering and sweating. At 50, the very thought is exhausting, writes Karan Thapar.
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