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  • A top Pakistani politician was willing to give interviews to the Indian media, even after the climactic denouement 48 hours earlier when the talks collapsed amidst acrimony and bitterness. Would an Indian politician have agreed to speak to the Pakistani media in similar circumstances? asks Karan Thapar.
  • CBSE Boards
    Aug 29, 2015 21:49 IST

    Sartaj Aziz spoke to India’s media, our ministers made no effort

    A top Pakistani politician was willing to give interviews to the Indian media, even after the climactic denouement 48 hours earlier when the talks collapsed amidst acrimony and bitterness. Would an Indian politician have agreed to speak to the Pakistani media in similar circumstances? asks Karan Thapar.

  • Sartaj Aziz Economist National Security Advisor Pakistan
    Aug 22, 2015 22:35 IST

    Centre’s stand on OROP is confusing and contradictory

    If OROP as promised is difficult to deliver then this should have been admitted transparently, directly and to all the important leaders of the different ex-servicemen’s movements writes Karan Thapar

  • OROP
    Aug 15, 2015 22:24 IST

    Mr Modi must take a step no politician has taken before

    Modi must rise above partisan politics — and that includes his party’s interests — and take the moral high ground and, from that unaccustomed location, speak to all MPs but with his focus firmly fixed on the Indian people, who I’m convinced will be watching and listening intently writes Karan Thapar

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Narendra Modi addresses Indian community at a reception in Shanghai
    Aug 08, 2015 22:23 IST

    Suspension of Congress MPs: A very healthy precedent set

    Did the Lok Sabha speaker murder democracy when she suspended 25 Congress MPs for five days for repeatedly and defiantly disrupting the House? Or was she, belatedly but necessarily, exercising powers that, in fact, should have been used decades earlier to enforce decorum and discipline?

  • Lok Sabha
    Aug 01, 2015 22:34 IST

    The good, gentle doctors put you completely at ease

    My guess is that history will even out this difference between the two doctors. When it’s written without passion, but with objectivity and balance, it will be a lot kinder to Dr Manmohan Singh. And I would venture to suggest it won’t be as adulatory of Dr Kalam.

  • A file photo of the parliament building. (HT Photo)
    Jul 25, 2015 23:11 IST

    Trying all the wrong things before doing the right one

    In India, we have to go to extremes to ensure the right thing is done. We don’t do it automatically or quickly. We have to be pushed. That’s why our Parliament so often seems dysfunctional before it corrects itself. To mis-phrase Churchill, we try all the wrong things before we end up doing the right one.

  • June 04, 2007
    Jul 19, 2015 08:55 IST

    India’s come up trumps at Ufa, much to the wrath of many

    Does the Ufa statement represent a significant achievement for Prime Minister Modi? Judging by its content the answer is a clear yes. Judging by Sartaj Aziz’s comments to Dawn and his subsequent press conference, where he was clearly wriggling with embarrassment, I’m confident my answer is right.

  • Modi, Sharif
    Jul 11, 2015 21:08 IST

    When it comes to our chaps, the joke’s never on them

    I don’t think I’ll ever stop marvelling at the stuff the internet throws up. Oh dear, that could have been better phrased! Every now and then I receive emails full of nuggets aficionados have dug up and salt them away for an occasion like this. Today, I’m going to share with you a small part of my collection and, yes, I’ve phrased myself advisedly because I do consider them gems.

  • Barack Obama
    Jul 04, 2015 21:53 IST

    Sushma’s case was weak but the Congress went for Raje

    Has the Congress overplayed its hand against Vasundhara Raje whilst throwing away the trump it could have used against Sushma Swaraj? I’m tempted to say yes.

  • Vasundhar Raje, Lalit Modi, Sushma Swaraj
    Jun 27, 2015 23:38 IST

    Eternal vigilance is the price we pay for our liberties

    The cold facts of the Emergency are chilling: 34,988 people were detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act whilst 75,818 were held under the Defence of India rules

  • Jun 21, 2015 01:03 IST

    We need explanations, not just your tweets, Mrs Swaraj

    Sushma Swaraj is innocent until proven guilty. But is staying silent the right step at this point of time. Karan Thapar asks 10 questions to the union minister in the middle of mess.

  • Lalit Modi and Sushma Swaraj
    Jun 13, 2015 23:15 IST

    Gentle, demure, soft, but then that's just not our tune , is it?

    The prime minister and I have at least one thing in common: we both like blowing our trumpets! Quite frankly, I can’t deny it’s music to my ears. I’m pretty sure he likes the sound for much the same reason too writes Karan Thapar.

  • Narendra Modi
    Jun 06, 2015 22:17 IST

    A long hot summer is in store for our brave ex-servicemen!

    If you study the comments by the defence and finance ministers, and the prime minister over the last few weeks you can’t help feel this is a classic case of ministers getting the message wrong. As a result they’ve made a difficult situation decidedly worse. Read on and see if you agree with this conclusion.

  • pic 28
    May 30, 2015 22:56 IST

    It’s always reassuring when the Centre can hold steady

    You might find this amusing but the thought that came to my mind on Mr Modi’s first anniversary is the more things change the more they stay the same. This may sound rhetorical but it’s also a revelatory truth.

  • Lalit Modi and Sushma Swaraj
    May 23, 2015 21:37 IST

    The nation had the company of Mr Modi each day of the year

    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.