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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Khushwant Singh

Democracy pipedream

Whatever his other credentials, Musharraf has never been accused of corruption nor nepotism, writes Khushwant Singh.

Year of tragedy and triumph

Khushwant Singh gives a recap about major incidents that took place in 2007- a year marked with triumphs and tragedies.

Modi: From mayhem to masks

Vox Populi has become a basic creed of democracy giving the will of the people the status of divine authority, writes Khushwant Singh.

Hedged in by Hindutva again

We need to examine why appeal to religion remains so important to us Indians who otherwise pretend to be secular, writes Khushwant Singh.

Of unsolved assassinations

Basic to most assassinations is the feudal mindset of people of the region extending from Kabul to Rangoon, embracing Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Burma, writes Khushwant Singh.

Penchant for pageantry

The criteria for honouring people should not be just leadership, but service to the common people, which makes them leaders, writes Khushwant Singh.

Cool, it’s just monkey business

Australians regard themselves as Dinkun Aussies — good Australians. For them the English are Pommie Bastards. However, their accent still sounds like that of London cockneys, write Khushwant Singh.

Caged birds of Pakistan

Khushwant Singh recounts some stories written by some Pakistani authors where most of the themes are on the lot of Muslim women in a Mullah-minded male chauvinist society of Pakistan.

Writers booked by business

The world of writers and publishers has changed beyond recognition. The pioneers of Indians writing in English made some noise in literary circles but not much money, writes Khushwant Singh.

A spring in our steps, at last

Being a crusty old buddha, full of malice, I wish the weather would last till Holi and keep urchins who turn it into hullarbazi, huddled together in their quarters, writes Khushwant Singh.

This is Bharat todo andolan

There are three other Maharashtrians : Bal Thackeray, his son Udhav and his nephew Raj. Their motto could be Bharat Todo – Split India. They are also Indians. I hope their message will die long before they do, writes Khushwant Singh.

Springing pleasant surprises

What a wonderful way we ushered in spring this year. The Railway Budget was good, the general Budget was even better and our cricketers won international laurels, writes Khushwant Singh.

Parsis, my favourite people

My Kadam is host to a large variety of birds particularly those which like to hide behind thick foliage: koels, barbets, woodpeckers, writes Khushwant Singh.

All the best, neighbour

What is likely to be the stickiest of all problems facing the nascent democracy will be the equation with its Defence Services, writes Khushwant Singh.

Do I have regrets in life?

However, my greatest regret is that I did not have more to do with women I admired — but didn’t have the courage to have an affair with, writes Khushwant Singh.
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