Karan Thapar is a super-looking genius who’s young, friendly, chatty and great fun to be with. He’s also very enjoyable to read.
Articles by Karan Thapar
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:26 AM IST
For a man who makes a career out of talking, I missed out on two God-given opportunities because I felt I had nothing to say. I met Biden in July 2013 in Delhi, but didn’t take sufficient interest in him. in 2015, i interviewed Antony Blinken, but failed to stay in touch
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 06:55 PM IST
I can understand bans on smoking in areas or circumstances where others who are not smoking get affected. But when an adult smokes on his own, the government has no business to intervene
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 09:03 PM IST
The authorisation of the two vaccines to tackle Covid-19 has been met with as much consternation as celebration. For many, the doubts and questions that have arisen have created fresh concern
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 06:55 PM IST
The honest truth – and you’ve probably guessed it by now – is that I’m going into 2021 with a little trepidation or, if that’s too strong a word, more than a touch of hesitation.
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:36 PM IST
The bigger moral argument rests on the belief Parliament is special. It represents our nation. It speaks for us and symbolises our resolve. So if the temple of our democracy ducks the challenge of functioning in a time of the virus what’s the example it sets for the rest of us and what’s the message it sends to the world beyond our borders?
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 08:36 PM IST
The truth is our Gods have a much better time than us. The Mahant says the Ram Lalla temple has “an air-conditioner to keep the deities comfortable in summer”. So neither the cold nor the heat worries them.
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 11:03 PM IST
For my generation, they were either heroes or villains but never non-entities. Vinay Sitapati’s book on their relationship, aptly called Jugalbandi, shows aspects of their relationship — and their individual personalities — that are revealing, disillusioning and, possibly, controversial
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 08:43 PM IST
When you call your guests Sir, you convey an inability to hold them to account. When you call them by their Christian names, you imply an unwillingness to push them to the ropes. In either event, you don’t inspire confidence
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 10:25 PM IST
I know we will soon have a plethora of books on the virus. It may have wrought destruction in our lives, but it will continue to play on our imagination and is bound to feed our creativity
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 08:43 PM IST
The one question Obama doesn’t answer is about Pakistan’s role. Was Pakistan hiding bin Laden and, therefore, complicit? Or unaware of his presence and, therefore, incompetent?
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 07:11 AM IST
Google has a vast collection and I’ve selected a few in memory of someone who may have been exasperating, but was also often entertaining.
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 07:32 PM IST
India’s future depends on forging bonds that dissolve our differences in a new consciousness of being Indian. Marrying across religious divides is perhaps the surest way of doing that
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 10:27 PM IST
A promise of a free vaccine, in the middle of a pandemic raging for ten months, plays upon people’s fears. Not for their country, state or community but of their own lives
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 08:30 PM IST
All we have to do is stop watching such channels. This should not be difficult because many of us profess to dislike them. So if you really don’t approve, don’t switch them on. It’s as simple as that
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 07:58 PM IST
Many want to enjoy Durga Puja, Dussehra and Eid. These are cherished festivals and God, they hope, will protect them. But what if the virus gets them first? On the other hand, if they stay indoors, neither spending nor celebrating, they can crush what little hope we have of the economy improving
PUBLISHED ON OCT 10, 2020 05:26 PM IST
Amnesty’s departure would mean a voice that reminds us how frequently we fall short of our values will be silenced. It was often an irritating voice, but always a necessary one.
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 06:14 AM IST
Jaswant Singh’s book on Jinnah took a different view. He didn’t care what his party thought of his scholarship. It was the “truth” as he saw it. Such courage and conviction is rare. In Indian politics, it’s probably unique
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 06:48 AM IST
For us in India, it’s hard to believe policemen can be liked. Yet with a little effort things can change. a former cop told me the first step is to isolate the police from political interference
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 05:43 AM IST
The greatest of our rulers is the Mughal emperor Akbar. His ecumenism was unique for his time. As Ira Mukhoty has written, He believed ‘all religions are either equally true or equally illusory’
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 06:59 PM IST
At the moment, it’s our doctors and nurses who’ve put themselves in the line of fire to keep the rest of us safe and alive. Reports suggest 87,000 health care workers have been infected and 573 have died.
PUBLISHED ON SEP 05, 2020 08:35 PM IST
In recent years, the Bajpais and I dined with each other sometimes three times a month. Covid put a stop to our meetings but not our conversations.
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 02:38 PM IST
it illustrates not just the growing hindu-muslim fissures, but the love between a father and his daughter. politics recedes, as it should. love wins, as it must
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 05:55 AM IST
Current affairs discussions should be intended for those who want to learn and understand. Not people seeking entertainment
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 07:31 PM IST
On the surface, it’ll be a fight between Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). At its heart, however, this is a struggle for supremacy between two conflicting visions of India: Hindutva versus secularism
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 06:17 PM IST
I’ll always remember him as a kind man who went out of his way to help virtual strangers. That’s a quality that can forgive a lot of faults.
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 06:16 PM IST
When you speak in public, you must be sure of not just what you’re saying but also of how to say it. Otherwise, you might not get the response you hope for
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 07:22 PM IST
We still need to be cautious, but the reassuring part is that, as data shows, Delhi may have flattened the curve
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2020 08:41 PM IST
Four generations of Nehru-Gandhis have become congress presidents — and on two occasions prime minister — while still in their forties
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 05:37 AM IST
I’m prepared to bet the issues I’ve raised will keep popping up in our public discourse. If not the government, the media will raise them. When they do, it will help sort out meaningful information from mere detail and guff
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 06:04 AM IST
The broadcaster failed to understand, or overlooked, that Press Trust of India’s interviews with China’s ambassador to India and India’s envoy to China were clearly news