There is more than something rotten in the state of West Bengal. And Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is its leading Shakespearean tragic hero, writes Sagarika Ghose.
Politics in India is a prerogative of the rich and the blessed. If it weren’t for its plebeian leaders, democracy would have lost its voice long ago. Sagarika Ghose elaborates.
Indians in the United States are either imitations of white Americans or overly assertive about culture, writes Sagarika Ghose.
Indians are accused of being corrupt and dishonest. There is a solution to correct our global reputation. But is the PM willing to take the big risk? Sagarika Ghose asks.
India's cosmopolitanism is 1,000 years old. But today, we need a new Hindu-Muslim charter to help us cross the hurdles in our minds. Sagarika Ghose writes.
Indians are unapologetic about creating wealth but not generous when it comes to sharing it. But, as Azim Premji has shown, the rich have a duty towards the poor. Sagarika Ghose writes.
The label 'anti-national' is stifling India's liberals. The danger they face may not be as grave as in Pakistan, but they certainly are on the backfoot. Sagarika Ghose writes.
Ambition and conservatism feature high on the priority list of today's Indian youngster. An indication of the death of our liberal democracy? Sagarika Ghose writes.
The UPA’s leaders seem to prefer lofty, cold silences rather than a dialogue with the public. Are India’s citizens not worth talking to? Sagarika Ghose writes.
Anna Hazare's movement is not against corruption but a kind of democracy that is a closed shop of tycoons and family scions, writes Sagarika Ghose.
No matter how seductive the party manifestos or backroom deals are, it is local personalities — not national faces — who win assembly elections, writes Sagarika Ghose.
While forcing a debate on corruption and black money, Ramdev-style Hindu revolutions may end up devouring liberal values in favour of street justice. Sagarika Ghose writes.
With the diminishing dominance of the elite over the law, the time has come to believe in India instead of dismissing the system. Sagarika Ghose writes.
Rahul Gandhi wants to give the Congress a new look. But he must learn from his mother that the party works far better as a quasi-family than as a normal political entity, writes Sagarika Ghose.
An elitist UPA 2 is far removed from the struggles of the common man. It must speak the language of equality and give him due respect. Sagarika Ghose writes.