HindustanTimes Sat,25 Oct 2014

Karan Thapar

National is the new regional as politics in India changes

The real significance of the Haryana and Maharashtra results lies beyond the simple fact of who wins. It’s the implied message about the churning in Indian politics that is of deeper importance, writes Karan Thapar.

Tharoor’s not being disloyal, but can the party see that?

In India’s partisan politics any praise for the other side, even if slender and conditional, is an anathema. When it concerns Mr Modi, the impression the PM is succeeding or, at least, not floundering makes it decidedly worse, writes Karan Thapar.

Time to ditch the brown suits and annoying humility

I have to admit Mr Modi is quite a guy! Whether you admire or dislike him — and he is a polarising figure — you can’t stop watching him, writes Karan Thapar.

Nibble of pumpkin pie, sip of coke can help Modi warm up to US

Here’s a bit of gratuitous but well-meant advice. My specific intention is to assist Mr Modi worm his way into American hearts. And though they’re not usually difficult to enter, it’s always useful to know which keys to turn, writes Karan Thapar.

Bypolls message for BJP: the Hindu voter is secular

Do you know what I find most heartening about the recent byelection results? It’s the loud, clear and firm message from India’s Hindu voters. My bet is it will resonate across our political firmament for a while to come. Karan Thapar writes.

AAP’s CD episode has a different tale to tell

If the BJP does form a minority government it will only survive as long as the majority in the Delhi assembly permits it to do so. But that could be a fairly long while, writes Karan Thapar.

PM Modi, show the extremists the door right now

Many believe the PM has risen above his past. Perhaps he has. But he must also distance himself from the extremist elements amongst his supporters. It may be difficult and painful but it’s essential, writes Karan Thapar.

We have yet to hear even a squeak from PM Modi

Has the BJP taken leave of its senses? In fact, my second question is more pointed: why is Mr Modi silent? So what am I talking about? It's the brazenly communal statements made by senior BJP leaders in UP, writes Karan Thapar.

Modi’s set the bar for talks with Pakistan far too high

The Pakistan envoy's meetings with Hurriyat flow directly from his government’s commitment to the Kashmiri cause. Changing that can only be the outcome of talks, not a precondition, writes Karan Thapar.

By playing truant, Sachin has diminished himself

I know I’m about to suggest irresponsible MPs are like errant school children but then, quite frankly, the requirement to attend Parliament is not dissimilar to the need to be present in class, writes Karan Thapar.

Let’s honour ‘Sam Bahadur’ with the Bharat Ratna now

Dissenters might argue Field Marshal Manekshaw is dead. So what? Of the 43 people who received the Bharat Ratna, 11 got it posthumously. One of them, Vallabhbhai Patel, 41 years after his death, writes Karan Thapar.

A noble calling expresses itself in a hospital touch

Only when you’re forced to face events you cannot control is when you acknowledge what a wonderful thing an excellent hospital can be and how amazing are the miracles doctors sometimes perform writes Karan Thapar.

A hard habit to break: taxes won't reform smokers

Is it fair that governments unhesitatingly increase the tax on cigarettes with almost every budget they pass? No doubt this happens all over the world, says Karan Thapar

We either show ourselves up or let ourselves down

The Ved Pratap Vaidik affair is the latest example which shows how, at critical moments, we lack a sense of proportion, balance and perspective, writes Karan Thapar.

Congress may not deserve it, but give it the LoP post

Without the Leader of the Opposition post, our democracy would be incomplete and diminished. This is, therefore, an issue that also touches upon the bigger and more important morality of our politics, writes Karan Thapar.
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