- May 23, 2015 21:37 IST
What Mr Modi should never forget is that, outside of his opponents in politics, even his critics want him to succeed for the simple reason he’s the only Prime Minister we have and India can’t afford to stumble or lag behind, writes Karan Thapar.
- May 16, 2015 23:07 IST
Within hours of the result —in fact even before the sun had set — three political party leaders resigned. They were Ed Miliband of Labour, Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats and Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party. They accepted moral responsibility even though they were not personally to blame.
- May 10, 2015 00:20 IST
I’m afraid Mr Modi is caught between two equally compelling forces — the anguish of unfulfilled expectations and the power of outspoken criticism and dissent. As he approaches his first anniversary, I doubt if they will make for a comfortable celebration, writes Karan Thapar.
- May 02, 2015 23:30 IST
People remember what they’re doing when the earth starts to shake. I’m pretty confident if you do a test you’ll discover I’m right. Everyone who’s been through an earthquake will remember when it happened.
- Apr 25, 2015 22:25 IST
Has Rahul Gandhi returned a new, reinvigorated and forceful politician? Or are first impressions beguiling but deceptive? The Congress party has no doubt the answer is a resounding yes. But that’s to be expected.
- Apr 18, 2015 22:23 IST
What has Mr Modi got against ties? Is it okay for the prime minister to dress ‘inappropriately’? And is this a suitable subject for public comment? These are the three questions I wish to tackle this Sunday morning.
- Apr 04, 2015 22:26 IST
I’ve just stumbled upon a small but significant and, I would add, critical discovery. What the government proudly boasts of as visas on arrival is actually nothing of the sort.
- Mar 28, 2015 23:11 IST
I’m aware that it’s only when you, or someone you love, is unwell that you realise the importance of doctors and nurses. But that’s not quite my subject today. Instead, I want to draw your attention to a quality that reveals itself after doctors and nurses become critical: the goodness we take for granted. It’s what we all rely on but often do not see or, at least, fully appreciate.
- Mar 21, 2015 21:36 IST
It may come as a surprise but talking about yourself is not as easy as you might think. No doubt all of us can natter to our friends or family and we’re never short of things to say. But I’m talking of a formal interview where you are the subject of the discussion. That’s when it can be difficult to be either convincing or charming.
- Mar 14, 2015 22:27 IST
Most people I know have rubbished the arguments for banning the BBC documentary on the Nirbhaya rape and, instinctively, they are right to do so. However, in this instance, it’s worth examining the handful of moral reasons for a ban as well as the one legal reason a little carefully so we’re sure our instinct is right.
- Mar 07, 2015 21:26 IST
Athought occurred to me last Saturday as I heard Arun Jaitley’s budget speech and it’s crystallised into an intriguing interpretation in the week that has since lapsed. Some of the more enticing aspects of the budget were like a post-dated cheque: a promise to deliver on a future and, perhaps, even unspecified date.
- Mar 01, 2015 08:46 IST
The RSS Sarsanghchalak’s comment about Mother Teresa reeks of prejudice. More surprising is that he’s utterly uninformed about the service Mother provided.
- Feb 21, 2015 21:52 IST
Do you remember Rajesh Kumar Singh? I first introduced him to you four Sundays ago. Most people know him as a young 26-year-old barber at The Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi. It’s a job at which he’s both efficient and courteous.
- Feb 14, 2015 23:11 IST
Delhi says we’re an incredible democracy: bold, unpredictable, emphatic and unimpressed by power, rhetoric or money. Wednesday was a proud day for India’s democracy, not least because so many of its top politicians were diminished by the people who ultimately matter, writes Karan Thapar.
- Feb 07, 2015 22:27 IST
The voting in Delhi is over and now we’re in that tense period of not knowing who we’ve elected or whether we’ve ended up with a hung assembly. This is, however, a good time to reflect on the campaign that’s just ended.