HindustanTimes Fri,31 Oct 2014

Barkha Dutt

Guilt and redemption?

India’s scepticism about Pakistan’s ability or willingness to strike at the root of terrorism is valid. But, listen carefully to the noises from the other side of the border as well, writes Barkha Dutt.

Packing a punch

Whereas Pakistan’s media understands that if it doesn’t speak up, their country’s existential crisis could spiral out of control. To that extent, even when they seem to “embarrass” their country with their hard-hitting reports, they are really acting in the ‘national interest’. Barkha Dutt writes.

Time lapse

It’s up to us to go beyond the literal Gandhi and embrace the symbolic one; one whose symbolism can keep changing with time and context, while remaining true to some core characteristics, writes Barkha Dutt.

The acid test

If Varun Gandhi’s case ends up entangled in eternal legal wrangles, and he goes on to contest and perhaps win his election, it will be a defeat for democracy, writes Barkha Dutt.

All bets are off

It’s safe to say that nobody knows what will happen next in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. If there is one prediction that can be made, however, it is this: anti-incumbency is becoming less and less relevant. Barkha Dutt examines...

A potpourri of religions

India’s secularism is a hodge-podge of faiths and the thread of unity that runs through them. Leave it as it is, writes Barkha Dutt.

What a flip-flop

We must not support the shoe-throwing incident. At the same time, politicians must ensure speedy justice, writes Barkha Dutt.

Performance bonus

The Indian electorate has matured. They will choose substance over style. Barkha Dutt elaborates.

A vote of change

Yes, we may be headed towards a hung verdict. And yes, we may all be worried about the absence of stability that will come with another khichdi sarkar. Nobody wants a Govt that collapses in a few months. But the good news is that India’s democracy is evolving. We are getting more argumentative, more demanding and less emotional in our political choices. Barkha Dutt examines...

Caught in the middle

The fact is that our politics has shown a lack of imagination in dealing with a constituency of opinionated and aware men and women, who need to be made stakeholders in the system, writes Barkha Dutt.

Standing tall

Despite all the clamouring for Rahul Gandhi to be part of the new council of ministers, his instinct to stay out is probably much wiser. Not just because the party organisation needs strengthening and rejuvenation, but also because it’s the more grounded way to climb to the top. It’s a path designed to sidestep the hurdles that ingratiating sycophancy within the party can prop up, writes Barkha Dutt.

New rules of engagement

While this is hardly the time for file pushing on Siachen or Sir Creek, don’t be surprised if you see some inventive thinking from Manmohan Singh’s team on Pakistan in the near future, writes Barkha Dutt.

Test of liberal democracy

Terrorism raises new moral questions. But real victory lies in sticking to our values even in adversity, writes Barkha Dutt.

Hide and seek

So, why does the Maharashtra Govt want to look like it has something to hide? Why does it want to undermine its own credibility by disregarding the findings of a committee that it had appointed to begin with? If it’s Assembly elections they are worried about, doesn’t verdict 2009 show them they needn’t worry? Barkha Dutt examines...

In my space

Sarkozy’s remark on the burqa attempts to homogenise culture. Freedom does not mean imposing your views on others, Barkha Dutt writes.
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