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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Karan Thapar

We have yet to hear even a squeak from PM Modi

Has the BJP taken leave of its senses? In fact, my second question is more pointed: why is Mr Modi silent? So what am I talking about? It's the brazenly communal statements made by senior BJP leaders in UP, writes Karan Thapar.

Modi’s set the bar for talks with Pakistan far too high

The Pakistan envoy's meetings with Hurriyat flow directly from his government’s commitment to the Kashmiri cause. Changing that can only be the outcome of talks, not a precondition, writes Karan Thapar.

By playing truant, Sachin has diminished himself

I know I’m about to suggest irresponsible MPs are like errant school children but then, quite frankly, the requirement to attend Parliament is not dissimilar to the need to be present in class, writes Karan Thapar.

Let’s honour ‘Sam Bahadur’ with the Bharat Ratna now

Dissenters might argue Field Marshal Manekshaw is dead. So what? Of the 43 people who received the Bharat Ratna, 11 got it posthumously. One of them, Vallabhbhai Patel, 41 years after his death, writes Karan Thapar.

A noble calling expresses itself in a hospital touch

Only when you’re forced to face events you cannot control is when you acknowledge what a wonderful thing an excellent hospital can be and how amazing are the miracles doctors sometimes perform writes Karan Thapar.

A hard habit to break: taxes won't reform smokers

Is it fair that governments unhesitatingly increase the tax on cigarettes with almost every budget they pass? No doubt this happens all over the world, says Karan Thapar

We either show ourselves up or let ourselves down

The Ved Pratap Vaidik affair is the latest example which shows how, at critical moments, we lack a sense of proportion, balance and perspective, writes Karan Thapar.

Congress may not deserve it, but give it the LoP post

Without the Leader of the Opposition post, our democracy would be incomplete and diminished. This is, therefore, an issue that also touches upon the bigger and more important morality of our politics, writes Karan Thapar.

Why TV enhances tennis but diminishes football

To show the action clearly and in better size, TV resorts to multiple shots of varying size. But that means you may not always get a sense of where the other players are and what challenge they pose. Karan Thapar writes.

Oh to be in England cracking jokes about The Queen!

You can laugh at someone and still respect them and love them. You can joke about them or mimic their behaviour without belittling them, writes Karan Thapar.

Amid the hurrahs, a small warning for Mr Narendra Modi

A strong PM is more than just a political leader. At critical moments, when unfortunate developments have disturbed the nation, he also needs to articulate a moral position the country can rally around. Karan Thapar writes.

Two faces of the government: we choose the liberal one

This is a tale of two ministers. Both are freshmen and both are well known. One is a former journalist and spokesperson. The other a former army chief. Of both a lot was expected, writes Karan Thapar.

A third eye would help us see Narendra Modi a bit better

As the government completes its first fortnight, are we witnessing a new Narendra Modi, as many believe, or was the media simply wrong in its initial understanding of the man? Karan Thapar explores.

Does the education minister’s education matter?

Should the education minister be a graduate? Perhaps, like me, your instinct is a loud and unequivocal yes. And you may well be right. But it’s not quite as simple as you think, writes Karan Thapar.

Why are our former prime ministers given accommodation?

In our democracy, where at least 33% live in abject poverty, it’s morally abhorrent that a politician should get free accommodation for life, writes Karan Thapar 
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