- Jul 08, 2014 22:51 ISTBloody Mary
From Rammohun Roy to Satyajit Ray to Tapas Pal, in Bengal the gap between an inherited ‘culture’ of the past and the social reality of today is probably greater than any other state, writes Sagarika Ghose.
- Jun 10, 2014 22:42 ISTBloody Mary
Economists urge Modi to emulate Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher, but there is another home-grown role model: Ashoka harmonised a kingdom after a war and proclaimed a new dhamma of peace and development for every citizen to follow, writes Sagarika Ghose.
- May 13, 2014 23:04 ISTBloody Mary
It is time for the media to introspect on how the Lok Sabha election was covered and on whether they failed to ask important questions, writes Sagarika Ghose.
- Apr 08, 2014 23:10 IST
I meet the Elf of Self-Respect every time I travel on the election trail. I call him the elf because he or she is an unknown quantity, the unknown voter, and the quiet creature whose voice the helicopter-borne netas hardly hear, Sagarika Ghose writes.
- Mar 11, 2014 23:40 ISTbloody mary | LS polls
Why don’t political leaderships speak out against goons? Why doesn’t Modi distance himself from the bhakts on social media who try to prove they are More Loyal than the King by abusing in his name? Sagarika Ghose writes. |
- Feb 11, 2014 23:20 IST
Puritanical zealotry doesn’t stand the test of time. AAP is not the only party to practise the politics of puritanism. Until a change of heart recently, Rahul Gandhi’s stand on the rural-urban divide was highly puritanical, writes Sagarika Ghose.
- Jan 09, 2014 00:21 ISTBloody Mary
If secularism is unable to find a new identity, then Modi will be proved right when he says secularism Congress-style, is simply opportunism, taking the easy way out such as setting up a minorities ministry.
- Dec 10, 2013 22:31 ISTbloodymary
A cross-class coalition of rich and poor in Delhi opted for the jharooto sweep away apathy and cynicism and draw out the spirit of citizens' action. In the process, they have shown that clean urban politics is possible. Sagarika Ghose writes.
- Nov 12, 2013 23:18 ISTbloodymary
Politicians should realise that restrictions on the flow of information will only open the floodgates of underground speculation. Sagarika Ghose writes
- Feb 10, 2009 22:05 ISTBloody Mary
The battle for freedom and progress needs to go beyond flinging underwear at maniacs, writes Sagarika Ghose.
- Mar 10, 2009 21:37 ISTBloody Mary
Naveen Patnaik’s decision to dump the BJP shows that he has mastered the rules of the game, writes Sagarika Ghose.
- Apr 07, 2009 20:54 IST
The poll panel by trying to over-regulate has, unintentionally, boosted corruption. Sagarika Ghose elaborates.
- May 12, 2009 23:06 ISTBloody Mary
One man is slated for a big victory this time. A Chief Minister who makes no flamboyant gestures but who has listened carefully to the quiet voice outside his chief ministerial window: give my children their self-respect, writes Sagarika Ghose.
- Jun 09, 2009 22:48 ISTBloody Mary
Indeed just as the UPA has created a stunning new social charter for India, it now needs to create a democratic charter as well. This means reducing, not enhancing, the role of families, avoiding tokenism and encouraging merit at all levels of government, writes Sagarika Ghose.
- Jul 07, 2009 23:39 ISTBloody Mary
A confrontation is brewing between those making personal sexual and moral choices and those upholding traditional values, writes Sagarika Ghose.