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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Karan Thapar

With politicians like these...

But do our politicians care about the truth or about the national interest? Their attitude to the  nuclear deal suggests not, writes Karan Thapar.

Unbelievable or deliberate?

Sadly, the lapses in the official response to Manekshaw’s death don’t end with the absences at his funeral. How do you explain the fact that even one day of national mourning was not announced? Karan Thapar examines...

In praise of repartee

The English, and those who enjoy imitating them, delight in witty ways of putting the rapier in — they don’t bludgeon, just carve and slice, writes Karan Thapar.

Nuclear deal and the BJP

I want to share with you alleged details of how senior BJP leaders gave their word to support the Indo-US N-deal only to back out either under pressure from their own colleagues or because they changed their mind, writes Karan Thapar.

Is it really conceivable?

If public pressure grows on the two big parties to swallow their differences and unite, it’s not inconceivable that Sonia Gandhi and LK Advani may join hands, writes Karan Thapar.

What an idea, Sirjee!

Have you noticed how acceptable and widely-used English has become? Even when people are speaking Hindi, English words keep popping up, writes Karan Thapar.

Doctors are the Best

There’s something special about the people who choose to become doctors and nurses. They tend to be gentler, more caring, more sympathetic than the rest of us, writes Karan Thapar.

Listen to the self!

I often wonder if our media is schizophrenic. On the one hand, if you stand back and observe how we respond to situations you'll notice that, more often than not, we jump to extremes, writes Karan Thapar.

The General conundrum

It becomes an occasion to evaluate the person and ask if fate has been fair. This is precisely what I found myself doing as news of General Musharraf’s resignation came in, writes Karan Thapar.

Who’s the real Hindu?

It is incumbent on Orissa CM to take tough, unremitting action against the VHP and the Bajrang Dal. This is a test not just of his governance, but of his character, writes Karan Thapar.

How not to be an idiot

My answer is as short as it’s simple. We all know what an idiot is. After all, we have to deal with several, possibly every day. I’d wager none of us has any trouble identifying one, writes Karan Thapar.

Thank you, Mr Bush

As the euphoria of the NSG waiver starts to ebb, I wonder how  many of you realise India owes an enormous thank you to George Bush? He’s done for us what no other world leader could have done, writes Karan Thapar.

Late night phone calls

If your friends live abroad — as Pertie does at the moment — they’ll call late at night. And because they’re embarrassed by the hour they usually make a joke of it, writes Karan Thapar.

Memories of the Marriott

I first stayed at the Marriott in Islamabad in 1980. I was 24 at the time. In those days, the hotel was called the Holiday Inn. Karan Thapar recalls.

The perverse logic

 “How can they claim legalising homosexual relations between consenting adults will lead to a breach of the peace? What on earth are they anticipating?” Karan Thapar responds.
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