Articles by Karan Thapar
In a recent paper for Foreign Affairs, Arvind Subramanian says the problem lies with India’s “software”, his quaint term for the country’s key economic policies
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 08:48 PM IST
PM Modi, at a recent convocation address at IIT, Kanpur, deplored the ‘fact’ that little was done in the first 25 years after Independence to make India self-reliant. In a letter to the PM, an alumnus of IIT Kanpur explains why he disagrees with the PM
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 06:59 PM IST
We give no medals for it and often we don’t even acknowledge it, but the quiet dignity of those who are bravely dying is a heroism that surpasses valour and strength.
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 08:02 PM IST
India’s high seropositivity level of 68% is also unlikely to provide effective protection. South African research shows Omicron causes three times greater reinfections than Delta or Beta
Updated on Dec 25, 2021 07:27 PM IST
The need to apologise is also corroborated by the belief that it will placate emotions in Nagaland. In other words, an apology is required both because it’s a moral imperative but also because it’s practically helpful
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 07:39 PM IST
“Jack and Jill”, which used to seem like an innocent frolic, is actually about France’s Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. In 1793, they were guillotined. These dark origins seem to be so for other rhymes too
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 05:58 PM IST
On January 1, he was arrested in Indore and jailed for 37 days for a joke he never made. Yet, he was booked for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. Quite how, no one explained. If that doesn’t make you laugh, you could cry
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 10:20 PM IST
Shashi tharoor believes Ban ki-moon won the battle to become UN secretary-general because the US did not want a strong secretary-general. But would Shashi have been stronger? Alas, we’ll never know.
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 09:40 PM IST
At a rally, Amit Shah asked: “Does anyone feel Jinnah is great?”. He then said, “No one.” However, LK Advani and Jaswant Singh were two former BJP leaders who publicly stated their admiration of him in the past.
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 07:53 PM IST
We have the power to elect or remove politicians, but how much does our good opinion matter to them? This is what I wondered when I read British politician Andrew Mitchell’s autobiography on a flight to London
Updated on Nov 13, 2021 10:53 PM IST
Delightful ambiguity of some words makes English a fascinating language for those who know it but exasperating for those struggling to learn it
Updated on Nov 06, 2021 04:12 PM IST
The Congress seems like a party struggling to recover its lost fortunes but, inexplicably, rather than make things easy for itself, it’s determined to throw obstacles in its own path. Frankly, it’s doing a terrific job tripping itself up
Updated on Oct 30, 2021 07:16 PM IST
Age has made me God-fearing. But of one thing I’m certain — we may call him by multiple names, view him in myriad forms, pray to him in different ways but there can only be one God
Updated on Oct 23, 2021 02:19 PM IST
As The Times puts it, “The sound of a horn is the sound of an emergency.” That’s even more true of a siren. the minister must not interfere with sirens on police vehicles, ambulances, and fire brigades. They need to make us jump to attention and immediately make way
Updated on Oct 16, 2021 08:13 PM IST
A thought-provoking paper, recently released by the Centre for Policy Research, argues that the foundational source of India’s influence in the world… rests on four pillars: Domestic economic growth, social inclusion, political democracy and a broadly liberal constitutional order. Today, each of those pillars is wobbling.
Updated on Oct 09, 2021 12:18 PM IST
Indra Nooyi’s autobiography is the delightful stories she relates. They cover her life and career, but also vividly describe her personality and emotions
Updated on Oct 02, 2021 07:33 PM IST
To be honest, we don’t have evidence of a deep-set malaise in the army. But, equally, a few things have gone wrong. I’d like to believe these are errors that can be easily and swiftly corrected. But only if they are
Updated on Sep 25, 2021 06:49 PM IST
Ours is a secular country and Muslims are equal citizens. So, what does the Bharatiya Janata Party president’s and PM’s silence on Adityanath’s comments on the Muslim community amount to?
Updated on Sep 18, 2021 08:16 PM IST
Rejecting the bail petition of a man booked under the Uttar Pradesh Cow Slaughter Act, Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav delivered a series of opinions that smack of prejudice and ignorance
Updated on Sep 11, 2021 07:33 PM IST
What was the role of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and what do we know of the Taliban leadership?
Updated on Sep 04, 2021 06:40 PM IST
Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist, clearly thinks so. “India could have reached some sort of stage of endemicity”, she says. That sounds carefully worded and measured until you hear the rest of her comment. “It’s very feasible we may continue like this with a few local but not severe ups and downs…that’s what seems to be happening.” That could explain Kerala.
Updated on Aug 28, 2021 08:30 PM IST
It was a very different time, and Afghanistan, a very different country. But the Kabul that’s imprinted on my mind belongs to that decade
Updated on Aug 21, 2021 04:10 PM IST
No doubt the highest in the land were among the first to applaud them, but the way they did it suggested that they wanted the attention on themselves
Updated on Aug 15, 2021 05:30 PM IST
A recent article by Simon Horobin reveals that, when they first came to be popularly used, each of the five words I’ve chosen meant something very different to what it does today
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 06:16 PM IST
Krishnan Srinivasan has written six books centred around an intriguing character he’s called Michael Marco. Marco is so different from the author that I wonder if Kris looked deep into a mirror and decided to create the opposite of what he saw?
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:15 AM IST
The blood that flowed in his veins was the same as yours and mine. If the world felt the need to mourn his death, how come his own prime minister did not?
Published on Jul 24, 2021 07:27 PM IST
When I discovered former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa has written a book, I made a point of reading it. Called An Ordinary Life, it’s the story of his father, Udai Singh Lavasa, and it’s based on the diary that bauji, as he calls him, left behind
Updated on Jul 19, 2021 07:02 AM IST
I feel I live in a country that is very different to the one I grew up in. You could say that’s true for all old people. But there’s a difference. You expect the change to be progress. is this what we call progress?
Published on Jul 10, 2021 08:17 PM IST
The diary reveals something of Kaushik Basu I would never have guessed. He has a dry and subtle sense of humour. For someone who’s thought of economists as dour individuals, Basu’s wit is a pleasing way of being proven wrong
Updated on Jul 03, 2021 06:34 PM IST