HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Khushwant Singh

Balance of Pawar

There are two hurdles which unless crossed in the next two months, may spell government’s doom. One is the spiraling prices of foodstuffs like vegetables, pulses, onions, cooking oils, sugar etc, writes Khushwant Singh.

When Fatima held everyone’s gaze

"I  have been to dozens of book launches, but I have yet to see one on as grand a scale as this one,” said my daughter Mala Dayal as she came home from the launch of Fatima Bhutto’s book. We know the family’s gory history. But Fatima Bhutto has raised some gutsy new questions, writes Khushwant Singh.

The Shashi I remember

Now that the Shashi-Tharoor-Lalit-Modi drama is over, it’s time to draw the curtains because most of us have got bored with it. Allow me to add a few words as post-script on what I know of the man who played the stellar role in the drama, writes Khushwant Singh.

All in a (hot) day’s work

In modern parlance dog days is used for hot summer days when nothing very exciting happens and people take a long snooze. So stay indoors and mull over the state of the nation, writes Khushwant Singh.

Other ways to deal with mobs and menace

The recent killing of over 30 innocent passengers travelling on a private bus on Dantewada highway in Chattisgarh came as a rude reminder that we are far from suppressing the Naxalite uprising, writes Khushwant Singh.

Reasonably good job, Mr Prime Minister

The Sonia, Manmohan and Rahul trinity holds the government together in UPA II even as the number of PM Manmohan Singh's critics has gone up, writes Khushwant Singh.

The spectre of Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister

The spectacular victory of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress in the recently-held municipal committee’s polls will have far-reaching ramifications in the politics of the country, writes Khushwant Singh.

A new BJP takes the stage with stale noises, old faces

Far from retiring from active politics, Advani continues to hold centre stage. There is no sign of infusion of young blood. And it has failed to win the confidence of the Muslims. Khushwant Singh writes.

Nariman point — never concede on principals

Fali Nariman who was standing counsel for Gujarat resigned when the state government failed to stop violence against Christians and Muslims. Both man and wife involved themselves in other good work, writes Khushwant Singh.

Our monsoon is as tardy as our railways

Of all the professions, healing the sick is regarded as the noblest. But now healing has become an expensive business as healers have to undergo six years of learning how to heal and have expensive gadgets, writes Khushwant Singh.

Will a shadow cabinet help the crumbling BJP?

Though no admirer of community-based parties like the BJP, Muslim League and the Akalis, I believe a healthy democracy needs both — right-of-centre as well as socialists for proper functioning, writes Khushwant Singh.

Brothers, drop the arms

The breakdown of Indo-Pak talks between foreign ministers of the two countries has caused deep disappointment to those who had hoped that long lost, we would reduce the trust deficit by persuading Pakistan to own up responsibility for the mayhem in Mumbai two years ago. Khushwant Singh writes.

The difficulty of being a Mughal emperor, and Mr Roy

If you have not read Sudhir Kakar’s analysis of Indian character, you have missed out something very precious. I have read every book he has published and eagerly await for the next one, writes Khushwant Singh.

Kalam: a space-scientist and the people’s president

If there was a public opinion poll conducted today to find out who the common people regard as the best President we have had so far, I’ve not the slightest doubt that APJ Abdul Kalam would emerge as the outright winner. Khushwant Singh writes.

Sighting the Eid moon and other beautiful rhymes

Most of my Muslim friends fasted during Ramazan and went to mosques to pray on Eid-ul Fitr than ever before. I can understand that in the rising tide of religious intolerance they wanted to assert their Islamic identity. Khushwant Singh writes.
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