Rahul has shown us that there is a new aspirational young India out there, looking for new answers and new methods. He reached out to those voters even as the Mayawatis and Amar Singhs were playing their own sleazy games, writes Vir Sanghvi.
Family-dominated politics is a closed shop. Entry is open only to those with the right credentials of birth. Outsiders are banned from entering. And slowly but surely, true democracy is replaced by a kind of feudalism in which the peasants are given the right to choose between various aristocrats. The peasants can never enter the ruling class because the wrong blood flows in their veins, writes Vir Sanghvi.
The problem with the BJP and the reason why it gropes for old issues to blow up again and again is that it is a party with no core beliefs. Nobody is really sure what it stands for any longer. Vir Sanghvi examines.
I am continually surprised by how normal middle class people, who are not especially politically aware, seem to be so relieved because of the Congress victory. Not only are there no tears for the BJP but fewer middle class people seem to identify with it any longer. Vir Sanghvi
Unlike other great black performers, Jackson fused theatre with music. Nobody else had ever used so many props or hired magicians to invent stage illusions on that scale. Without Jackson’s concerts, we would have never had a Madonna or her dancing style of performing, nor would we have had today’s concerts where most performers recognise that theatre is as important as rock, writes Vir Sanghvi.
The real problem with Section 377 is not that it doesn’t work, or that it is misused or that it ignores centuries of same-sex love. The problem is that it extends the scope of the law beyond what is necessary or legitimate in a liberal society. Allow the police to decide what two homosexuals can do in their bedroom and you have no logically consistent reason for refusing to let them decide what two heterosexuals can get up to, writes Vir Sanghvi.
Privatisation has actually worked to the disadvantage of airlines. Because the new owners of metro airports have not been able to make the kind of money they had expected, the government has allowed them to increase the amount they charge airlines, writes Vir Sanghvi
Do you hear a single Pakistani diplomat complaining about how England and America have no right to be in Afghanistan because it is part of Pakistan’s sphere of influence? Why is it that Pakistan has one set of standards for the West and another for India? Vir Sanghvi
When a corporate war begins to emerge as the biggest news story in a country that faces so many problems, then you know that something has gone badly wrong, writes Vir Sanghvi
The argument against torture is one of human rights. Can we bend our conception of human dignity to accommodate the demands of wartime and the fight against terror? Vir Sanghvi examines...
Conduct a poll and ask people whether policemen should try and build cases against terrorists, should persuade witnesses to testify and then wait six years for the judgement or whether they should just bump them off and a majority of Indians will prefer execution to prosecution, writes Vir Sanghvi
Now that the Bombay/ Mumbai controversy has returned to the headlines, thanks to the Maharashtra elections, this may be a good time to examine the whole issue of the naming and renaming of places, writes Vir Sanghvi
The next time somebody tells us that we need to keep the US in good humour because American goodwill will get us a seat at the Security Council, be very sceptical, writes Vir Sanghvi
When it comes to its children, the political class is united. It’s them first. And it is the rest of us afterwards. But I don’t think that any of us will let it be. We recognise what the politicians are up to. They think that if they hold firm, the issue will die down and all of us will find other things to worry about. After all, they managed to get Manu Sharma out of Tihar jail without anyone noticing, writes Vir Sanghvi
Ayodhya was a symbol of two things: a growing anger among Hindus who felt that Muslims were being pampered by the state and Advani’s vaulting ambition. When the BJP came to power, both factors vanished. Hindus could no longer claim that Muslims were being favoured. And Advani got the power he so desperately craved. Vir Sanghvi examines...