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.
Harbinger of change or flash of public petulance? The real test for the Hazare Effect starts now. Samar Halarnkar writes.
The stage is set for a showdown between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi in 2014. Whoever wins, India’s minorities may lose. Samar Halarnkar writes.
It’s dangerous, comical and cripples our democracy. Don’t expect the Supreme Court to stop the use of emergency lights by (so-called) VIPs. Samar Halarnkar writes.
Millions of Indians need a helping hand. An ideological schism at the top reflects the uncertainty about how to do this. Samar Halarnkar
The nation's technology companies must not be forever doomed to be first world islands in a third world country. Samar Halarnkar writes.
Was Ishrat Jahan innocent? It doesn't matter. The country cannot fight terrorism by shooting college students. Samar Halarnkar
A Congress move to censor the new media threatens a vital safety valve and reveals a prickly and petty India, writes Samar Halarnkar
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh fought the food security Bill to the end. How long can the UPA fight itself? Samar Halarnkar
A rash of stupid remarks from officials about clothes and rape reveal why Indian women are struggling to advance, writes Samar Halarnkar