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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

Karan Thapar

A hard habit to break: taxes won't reform smokers

Is it fair that governments unhesitatingly increase the tax on cigarettes with almost every budget they pass? No doubt this happens all over the world, says Karan Thapar

We either show ourselves up or let ourselves down

The Ved Pratap Vaidik affair is the latest example which shows how, at critical moments, we lack a sense of proportion, balance and perspective, writes Karan Thapar.

Congress may not deserve it, but give it the LoP post

Without the Leader of the Opposition post, our democracy would be incomplete and diminished. This is, therefore, an issue that also touches upon the bigger and more important morality of our politics, writes Karan Thapar.

Why TV enhances tennis but diminishes football

To show the action clearly and in better size, TV resorts to multiple shots of varying size. But that means you may not always get a sense of where the other players are and what challenge they pose. Karan Thapar writes.

Oh to be in England cracking jokes about The Queen!

You can laugh at someone and still respect them and love them. You can joke about them or mimic their behaviour without belittling them, writes Karan Thapar.

Amid the hurrahs, a small warning for Mr Narendra Modi

A strong PM is more than just a political leader. At critical moments, when unfortunate developments have disturbed the nation, he also needs to articulate a moral position the country can rally around. Karan Thapar writes.

Two faces of the government: we choose the liberal one

This is a tale of two ministers. Both are freshmen and both are well known. One is a former journalist and spokesperson. The other a former army chief. Of both a lot was expected, writes Karan Thapar.

A third eye would help us see Narendra Modi a bit better

As the government completes its first fortnight, are we witnessing a new Narendra Modi, as many believe, or was the media simply wrong in its initial understanding of the man? Karan Thapar explores.

Does the education minister’s education matter?

Should the education minister be a graduate? Perhaps, like me, your instinct is a loud and unequivocal yes. And you may well be right. But it’s not quite as simple as you think, writes Karan Thapar.

Why are our former prime ministers given accommodation?

In our democracy, where at least 33% live in abject poverty, it’s morally abhorrent that a politician should get free accommodation for life, writes Karan Thapar 

Manmohan's dignity mistaken for subservience

Dr Manmohan Singh doesn’t leave office with hosannas ringing in the air. The sighs of relief are, undoubtedly, louder. Yet that should not blind us to his virtuous qualities, writes Karan Thapar.

Could Priyanka's success become Rahul's problem?

Over the last three weeks, after she began speaking out, Priyanka has dominated the front pages and captivated the television screen. In contrast, Rahul Gandhi has vanished into an inside story or the speed news section. Karan Thapar writes.

Kejriwal's request for dissolution of Delhi assembly needs more attention

The controversial refusal to accept Arvind Kejriwal’s request for the dissolution of the Delhi assembly and the unfolding debate over it hasn’t got the attention it deserves. Yet it’s a constitutional issue that affects the core of our democracy.

Now, who’s politicising the army chief’s appointment?

The media’s lack of interest could allow the government to get away with both unconstitutional behaviour and also a possible immoral outcome. This is why this Supreme Court case is so critical, writes Karan Thapar.

An ‘accident’ that gave him the post, not the power

The critical question that hasn’t been addressed in Baru's book is: Has the book uncovered the dark hidden secrets of the Manmohan Singh prime ministership or simply acknowledged a reality that was staring us in the face, writes Karan Thapar. PMO ups the defence ante, says Singh is King
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