The fact is that our politics has shown a lack of imagination in dealing with a constituency of opinionated and aware men and women, who need to be made stakeholders in the system, writes Barkha Dutt.
While this is hardly the time for file pushing on Siachen or Sir Creek, don’t be surprised if you see some inventive thinking from Manmohan Singh’s team on Pakistan in the near future, writes Barkha Dutt.
Terrorism raises new moral questions. But real victory lies in sticking to our values even in adversity, writes Barkha Dutt.
So, why does the Maharashtra Govt want to look like it has something to hide? Why does it want to undermine its own credibility by disregarding the findings of a committee that it had appointed to begin with? If it’s Assembly elections they are worried about, doesn’t verdict 2009 show them they needn’t worry? Barkha Dutt
Sarkozy’s remark on the burqa attempts to homogenise culture. Freedom does not mean imposing your views on others, Barkha Dutt writes.
Extra-constitutional violence, whether that of the Naxals or that unleashed by groups like the Salwa Judum, has no place in our democracy, writes Barkha Dutt.
Manu Sharma’s conviction gave us hope. But his parole controversy shows that influential people can still twist the law for personal gains, writes Barkha Dutt.
All nations are upgrading to better security systems. India should also follow suit, but without allowing the State to spy on its citizens. Barkha Dutt elaborates.
We need to know what happened in the 26/11 attack. The UPA must set up a panel to uncover the truth, writes Barkha Dutt.
‘This isn’t about India as a country; it’s just about a few people who do not understand the language of Modern Art. Art is always ahead of Time. They will understand one day.’ With these words and the brandish of a giant brush, a twinkly-eyed M F Husain sought to close the recent debate that has polarised public opinion about him, writes Barkha Dutt.
Increasingly a belief is gaining ground that the Taliban must be brought on board for peace in Afghanistan. This strategy does not augur well for India, writes Barkha Dutt.
India needs a cohesive and strong anti-Naxal plan. But after the Bengal tragedy, it is worrying to observe the first signs of political reticence, writes Barkha Dutt.
Isn’t there any value placed on the outrage of the Bhopal victims and their rights? Whatever happened to corporate social responsibility? Barkha Dutt asks.
The failure of the Centre to arm the moderates in Kashmir with political weapons has given extremists — and public anger — a fresh lease of life. Barkha Dutt writes.
The political din over Maoist violence is a distraction. What needs to be done is obvious. Barkha Dutt writes.