HindustanTimes Sat,25 Oct 2014

Karan Thapar

Remembering David

I’d love to tell a joke the way David did. Alas, I never will. I’d love to shield a friend from a High Commissioner’s wrath. But I doubt I'll have the courage, writes Karan Thapar.

Putting politics in its place

Just because a person is a member of the BJP or the CPI, or votes for these parties doesn’t mean he subscribes to everything they stand for, writes Karan Thapar.

Questions for an interviewer

On occasion, interviewers can be amongst the most misunderstood people in the world, writes Karan Thapar.

Pratibha Patil: my role in her nomination*

The UPA-Left meeting began with logjam. Congress was determined to press ahead with Shivraj Patil or, at least, Karan Singh and Sushil Kumar Shinde, writes Karan Thapar.

The quality I most admire

Karan Thapar elaborates why Colonel Kirori Singh Bhainsla, the Gujjar leader, is so special that even if you disagree with his views, his commitment and passion shine through.

Can women make their own luck?

Regardless of the correctness of their policies, women often display a steely determination, a cold, calculating, even ruthless belief in themselves, writes Karan Thapar.

Should Pratibha Patil be President?

If a candidate in a US presidential election stood accused as Pratibha Patil is, he or she would have immediately responded to the allegations, writes Karan Thapar.

A Prime Minister of men

Chandrashekhar had a quality I admire above all else. He knew how to forgive. His successors should learn from him, writes Karan Thapar.

Edwina-Nehru: Another story

One can’t judge an entire relationship by one incident, but I suspect Edwina was a wonderful influence on Nehru. She helped him come to practical decisions, writes Karan Thapar.

The case against over-zealousness

Some regulation of television is warranted. The purpose should be to ensure accuracy, authenticity, objectivity, fairness and, of course, observance of the law including libel, writes Karan Thapar.

Ten questions for Kiran Bedi

Has injustice been done to Bedi? Karan Thapar shares with you what he had wanted to ask one of the country's most celebrated IPS officers.

The ABC of the 123

The 123 pact is perhaps the best we could have got. More importantly, it will improve after India receives clearance from the NSG, writes Karan Thapar.

English, as she’s spoken and written

There isn’t another language like English that lends itself so deliciously to mis-spelling and faulty pronunciation, writes Karan Thapar.

Sen, sense and sensitivity

Was Ronen Sen accurate in what he said? Without doubt. Our feverish response to the N-deal does suggest a disquieting lack of self-confidence, insecurity and melodrama, writes Karan Thapar.

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

After evicting a Pakistani from his hotel, the owner claims it has a policy not to admit Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. Isn't this racism? asks Karan Thapar.
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