HindustanTimes Thu,25 Dec 2014

Karan Thapar

A time for Father Terry

Terry Gilfedder is the only Christian priest I’ve known. He was an unusual man but a great person. I think of him each time I read of attacks on Christians in Orissa and Karnataka, writes Karan Thapar.

Banking on a pause

Today that world is in eclipse. As governments bail out banks, capping executive salaries, and criticism of Wall Street and City lifestyles reaches a crescendo, banks will retreat into the shadows, writes Karan Thapar.

The rights and wrongs of cricket

What about the right to food, education and healthcare? They are more important than cricket, Karan Thapar probes.

When the echo of silence is telling

After becoming one of the most debated and written about subjects of 2006, the Indo-US nuclear deal has literally gone quiet, writes Karan Thapar.

Funny peculiar, not funny ha-ha

The net has made the world a more fascinating place as it provides the most bizarre details that I, personally, find irresistible, writes Karan Thapar.

The art of being witty

George Bernard Shaw once sent Churchill two tickets for the opening night of a new play with a note which read: 'For you and a friend — if you have one.' Churchill replied: 'I can’t make the first night but I’ll be there for the second — if there is one', writes Karan Thapar.

Sonia, Secularism & India’s Christians

No longer the summer capital, Simla, for all we hear or care about what happens there, could be another country, writes Karan Thapar. 

Can you ‘steal’ a song?

The number of ‘copied’ tunes is not limited to a few or even a few score, it runs into hundreds. Practically every music director is guilty of this ‘plagiarism’, writes Karan Thapar.

Depressed? I’m delighted it’s over!

Future generations will laugh in bafflement when they recall that it was for this that the UPA government violated all the principles of equity and ownership when it forced private sport channels, writes Karan Thapar.

Don’t you agree Pertie’s right?

Govt banned Fashion TV for showing semi-nude women sashaying on ramps. What did they expect them to wear? Overcoats and gum boots!, writes  Karan Thapar.

A lesson from the past

These days even sportsmen, who de rigueur shake hands after a match, only rarely praise their fallen combatant. If they do, it’s largely because it’s expected of them, writes Karan Thapar.

Richard, Shilpa & young Mr Gandhi

If Richard Gere should choose to embrace Shilpa Shetty and kiss her and Shilpa accepts then, as far as I’m concerned, you and I have no role to play, writes Karan Thapar.

Crooks & graduates — UP style!

In UP polls, the candidates may carry a long list of heinous crimes but it does seem they’re a well educated lot. So if we’re destined to be ruled by ‘crooks’ they will at least be graduates, writes Karan Thapar.

Secrets from the past

Even when India discovered that Pakistan had details of its war plans, Field Marshal Ayub Khan’s diaries show that Pakistan found this out as well, writes Karan Thapar.

The sting in the Generals’ tale

General Manekshaw once said he was deeply concerned over the degree to which India is becoming militarily dependent on Soviet equipment, writes Karan Thapar.
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