Sagarika Ghose

  • Tapas Pal
    Jul 08, 2014 22:51 ISTBloody Mary

    Decline of Bengal, death of the bhadralok

    From Rammohun Roy to Satyajit Ray to Tapas Pal, in Bengal the gap between an inherited ‘culture’ of the past and the social reality of today is probably greater than any other state, writes Sagarika Ghose.

  • Jun 10, 2014 22:42 ISTBloody Mary

    Can Narendra Modi do a 21st century Ashoka?

    Economists urge Modi to emulate Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher, but there is another home-grown role model: Ashoka harmonised a kingdom after a war and proclaimed a new dhamma of peace and development for every citizen to follow, writes Sagarika Ghose.

  •  Lok Sabha polls
    May 13, 2014 23:04 ISTBloody Mary

    LS polls: Did the Fourth Estate uphold the duties of citizenship?

    It is time for the media to introspect on how the Lok Sabha election was covered and on whether they failed to ask important questions, writes Sagarika Ghose.

  • Assam voters
    Apr 08, 2014 23:10 IST

    The Elf of Self-Respect

    I meet the Elf of Self-Respect every time I travel on the election trail. I call him the elf because he or she is an unknown quantity, the unknown voter, and the quiet creature whose voice the helicopter-borne netas hardly hear, Sagarika Ghose writes.

  • Narendra Modi
    Mar 11, 2014 23:40 ISTbloody mary | LS polls

    Modi's silence on foot soldiers who act in his name is disturbing

    Why don’t political leaderships speak out against goons? Why doesn’t Modi distance himself from the bhakts on social media who try to prove they are More Loyal than the King by abusing in his name? Sagarika Ghose writes. |

  • Aam Aadmi Party
    Feb 11, 2014 23:20 IST

    Political parties must shed politics of puritanism and become reformists

    Puritanical zealotry doesn’t stand the test of time. AAP is not the only party to practise the politics of puritanism. Until a change of heart recently, Rahul Gandhi’s stand on the rural-urban divide was highly puritanical, writes Sagarika Ghose.

  • Narendra Modi
    Jan 09, 2014 00:21 ISTBloody Mary

    It's time secularism is shaken free of its Modi-obsessed stupor

    If secularism is unable to find a new identity, then Modi will be proved right when he says secularism Congress-style, is simply opportunism, taking the easy way out such as setting up a minorities ministry.

  • AAP supporters
    Dec 10, 2013 22:31 ISTbloodymary

    AAP's success in Delhi has shown the way for other cities

    A cross-class coalition of rich and poor in Delhi opted for the jharooto sweep away apathy and cynicism and draw out the spirit of citizens' action. In the process, they have shown that clean urban politics is possible. Sagarika Ghose writes.

  • voters
    Nov 12, 2013 23:18 ISTbloodymary

    Politicians cannot silence the power of word of mouth

    Politicians should realise that restrictions on the flow of information will only open the floodgates of underground speculation. Sagarika Ghose writes

  • Feb 10, 2009 22:05 ISTBloody Mary

    What lies beneath

    The battle for freedom and progress needs to go beyond flinging underwear at maniacs, writes Sagarika Ghose.

  • Mar 10, 2009 21:37 ISTBloody Mary

    The kingmaker’s gambit

    Naveen Patnaik’s decision to dump the BJP shows that he has mastered the rules of the game, writes Sagarika Ghose.

  • Apr 07, 2009 20:54 IST

    Sanitised insanity

    The poll panel by trying to over-regulate has, unintentionally, boosted corruption. Sagarika Ghose elaborates.

  • May 12, 2009 23:06 ISTBloody Mary

    Don’t take us for granted

    One man is slated for a big victory this time. A Chief Minister who makes no flamboyant gestures but who has listened carefully to the quiet voice outside his chief ministerial window: give my children their self-respect, writes Sagarika Ghose.

  • Jun 09, 2009 22:48 ISTBloody Mary

    The job has just begun

    Indeed just as the UPA has created a stunning new social charter for India, it now needs to create a democratic charter as well. This means reducing, not enhancing, the role of families, avoiding tokenism and encouraging merit at all levels of government, writes Sagarika Ghose.

  • Jul 07, 2009 23:39 ISTBloody Mary

    Inclusiveness, inch by inch

    A confrontation is brewing between those making personal sexual and moral choices and those upholding traditional values, writes Sagarika Ghose.