HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Khushwant Singh

Misinterpreting religion: hate mongering and other sins

Now some Muslims want to build an Islamic Centre including a mosque near the site of the tragedy. Don’t they realise it will become an eyesore to most Americans? Or have they gone mad? Khushwant Singh writes.

The UPA government should introduce inheritance tax

We admire men who by their own efforts acquire wealth that will last for seven generations. We believe that inheritors of such wealth have every right to enjoy the bounty left to them by their ancestors — baap dada ki jaidaad. Khushwant Singh writes.

Grouses against Gandhi and why I still admire him

Bapu Gandhi's birth anniversary was celebrated as it always has been since he was murdered, by performance of a charade we have got accustomed to seeing on our TV sets and newspapers:  netas going to his samadhi in Rajghat, laying wreaths, sitting on the ground for a short while, listening to the chanting of his favourite hymns — and returning home. Khushwant Singh writes.

Let us no longer bicker over temples and mosques

I believe Sikhs are an integrated part of the Hindu family of religions. So, being a Sikh my bias in Hindu-Muslim conflicts should be in favour of the Hindus. It is not so. Whenever such conflicts take place, my bias is on the side of 'the' Muslims. I learnt this from no less a person than Mahatma Gandhi. Khushwant Singh writes.

My fair ladies: the costume designer and the altruist

Now that the Commonwealth Games are over, Mani Shankar Aiyar and others who fled the city have returned to Delhi to resume their tirade against those who organised them, writes Khushwant Singh.

Triumph of human ingenuity

Buried more than 2,000 feet under the earth for more than two months, if I were trapped like the Chilean miners, I would have cut an artery and bled to death. Khushwant Singh writes.

Falling in love with a television show host

Koel is the only woman I know who has achieved celebrity status in India at so young an age by her own efforts. I knew she was Aroon Purie’s daughter and a beauty — she looks half her 35 years and loves to display her figure in western-style mini-skirts. Khushwant Singh writes.

'We cannot afford to have another exchange of people'

Kashmir has become a boring subject because it is the same story day after day: hartals, stone-pelting, police firings, a few killed... It's no longer front-page news in any paper. Recently a few new items attracted media attention. Khushwant Singh writes.

What’s common between Barack Obama and Santa Claus?

President Obama’s three-day visit to India was like Christmas eve. A kind of fever picks up earlier: frenzy of shopping for Christmas cards, gifts for relations and friends, a Christmas tree to decorate the interior, a sprig of mistletoe to hang above the door, writes Khushwant Singh.

Coming to terms with a few matters of faith

What does your religion mean to you? I suggest that on religious festivals after performing expected rituals, people should spend a little time — about half-an-hour — in silence and ask themselves:  "What does my religion really mean to me?" Khushwant Singh writes.

Ethics of journalism and lessons from Ramayana

In the last 60 years of my journalistic career, no one has ever tried to bribe me. I have to concede that no one thought I was worth bribing as what I wrote was of no consequence. I also flopped as a fixer. I was asked to "put in a word" to somebody who mattered. I did so, but none of the people I recommended got what they wanted. Khushwant Singh writes.

In defence of Arundhati Roy

I do not know Arundhati Roy well as I have met her briefly a couple of times.  But I have unbounded admiration for her. She is good-looking, animated, unconventional, a gifted writer, gutsy and a champion of lost causes, writes Khushwant Singh.

Rushdie is a man to be admired and envied

Ever since I read Midnight's Children I have been in awe of Salman Rushdie: I was dazzled by its brilliance, so were thousands of others who read it. Khushwant Singh writes.

Growing up with New Delhi

I am almost as old as the city I have lived in for most of my life. When I came to live in Delhi I was barely five years old and there was no New Delhi. Khushwant Singh writes.

PM must explain silence on 2G

For the first time in seven years the UPA government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has gone down in the estimation of the aam admi. Khushwant Singh writes.
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