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Karan Thapar
Karan Thapar
  • 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.
  • Rahul Gandhi
    Apr 25, 2015 22:25 IST

    Well begun, Mr Gandhi, but the jury is still out on this

    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.

  • Modi in France
    Apr 18, 2015 22:23 IST

    The rules of dress diplomacy should apply to Mr Modi too

    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.

  • Beijing to allow visa-free transit trips
    Apr 04, 2015 22:26 IST

    It’s actually visa on four days’ notice before arrival

    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.

  • Doctor
    Mar 28, 2015 23:11 IST

    A simple conclusion: Medicine is a truly noble profession

    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.

  • Katrina
    Mar 21, 2015 21:36 IST

    What politicians need to learn from Katrina Kaif

    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.

  • Leslee Udwin
    Mar 14, 2015 22:27 IST

    Trying to hide a reality we don’t know how to face up to

    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.

  • Modi
    Mar 07, 2015 21:26 IST

    Arun Jaitley should honour his post-dated cheques

    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.

  • Mohan Bhagwat
    Mar 01, 2015 08:46 IST

    If Bhagwat is any leader of men, he should say sorry

    The RSS Sarsanghchalak’s comment about Mother Teresa reeks of prejudice. More surprising is that he’s utterly uninformed about the service Mother provided.

  • Arvind Kejriwal
    Feb 21, 2015 21:52 IST

    What an aam aadmi can teach Arvind Kejriwal and his new party

    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.

  • AAP supporters celebrate
    Feb 14, 2015 23:11 IST

    Unimpressed by power and money — that’s Delhi's message

    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.

  • Voter, Delhi polls
    Feb 07, 2015 22:27 IST

    I guess both Bedi and Kejriwal must have a problem with me

    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.

  • Barack Obama, Narendra Modi, Hyderabad House
    Jan 31, 2015 23:56 IST

    Obama spoke as a friend, Modi must heed his sentiments

    Does the Obama visit and the personal rapport between the two heads of government suggest India's foreign policy is hereafter heading in a new direction? And does this mean we will see Indian and American policies finding increasing areas of convergence? I would say the answer to both questions is yes, writes Karan Thapar.

  • barber
    Jan 24, 2015 23:13 IST

    Rajesh Kumar Singh is a real icon, he is a cut above the rest

    I know Rajesh as one of the barbers at The Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi. For a year or so I’ve been one of his clients. But little did I suspect that beyond the efficiency, courtesy and diligence I respect there is a deeply thoughtful, generous and genuinely noble soul.

  • charlie
    Jan 17, 2015 23:36 IST

    We accept limits to freedom, but often deny they exist

    Let me start with a simple question: Does the Press have a right to publish articles and cartoons or broadcast TV programmes that mock God and satirise religion? Karan Thapar asks.

  • London
    Jan 10, 2015 22:21 IST

    Britain: A society that can enact its liberal values on stage

    If a play can prove that Britain is a truly exceptional country from which we have a lot to learn then I believe I saw it last week in London, Karan Thapar writes.