Two public servants. One Hindu. One Muslim. One burned to death, the other accused of starting the fire. As India prepares to hear the verdict this Tuesday on a riot that inflamed a decade of hate, terror and divisiveness, Samar Halarnkar finds common paragraphs in two opposing stories.
Gujarat's chief minister is attempting an ambitious metamorphosis. He's got some things right, but too much is going wrong, writes Samar Halarnkar.
It's a simple idea used by 40 countries: give the poor money instead of complicated schemes. India says it will too - but it isn't ready. Samar Halarnkar writes.
Despite being prepared for the catastrophe, the earthquake has set Japan back by years. With India focused entirely on growth, it is unprepared for such a devastation, writes Samar Halarnkar.
India’s emerging revolution of innovation can bypass old legacies and benefit millions — if the government uses those benefits. Samar Halarnkar writes.
Rogue policemen and vigilantes backed by the State now ignore even government officers in India's tribal heart. This will crush the Maoists? Samar Halarnkar writes.
Jantar Mantar delivered a slap to India's sniggering elite. It is not the revolution we need, but it is a reminder of what we must do. Samar Halarnkar writes.
Today, as the Supreme Court ponders the progress of its special investigators into the 2002 riots, it may find they have much to prove. Samar Halarnkar writes.
How did this happen? Baba Ramdev, the televangelist guru who flies private jets and hopes, through yoga, to reinstate the caste system and find a cure for Aids, cancer and homosexuality, sets the agenda for India. Samar Halarnkar writes.
To the shiny, new India, the Bombay mafia with its swaggering bhais, molls, suparis (hits) and daylight shootouts is gone, a creature slain as the new century rolled in.
US President Barack Obama worries too much: the quality of recruits to the industry that globalised India is falling. Samar Halarnkar writes.
Indians in sport are learning to win. A national doping scandal suggests they must also learn that winning isn't the only thing, writes Samar Halarnkar.
Neither here, nor there. That sums up the government's reluctant approach to its blockbuster food legislation, writes Samar Halarnkar
It was an exemplar of boundless opportunity from creative governance. But an overzealous, retired judge could not recognise the Indian way. Samar Halarnkar writes.
A government out of touch with India’s aspirations has let Team Anna hog the centrestage at the cost of other crucial issues. Samar Halarnkar writes.