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Obama’s intriguing silence on Pakistan, writes Karan Thapar

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?
Chapter 27 suggests Obama held back on a lot. No doubt, some secrets must be carried to the grave but why won’t he reveal whether Pakistan was complicit or incompetent?(AFP)
Chapter 27 suggests Obama held back on a lot. No doubt, some secrets must be carried to the grave but why won’t he reveal whether Pakistan was complicit or incompetent?(AFP)
Updated on Nov 21, 2020 08:43 PM IST
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What political parties must not do for votes, writes Karan Thapar

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
Ultimately, it’s not the immorality of this promise that distresses me. It’s the distastefulness of it(REUTERS)
Ultimately, it’s not the immorality of this promise that distresses me. It’s the distastefulness of it(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 31, 2020 10:27 PM IST
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What I admired about Jaswant Singh, writes Karan Thapar

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
Jaswant Singh treated me like an adult. He listened carefully, asked probing questions and, occasionally, shared his own experiences(PTI)
Jaswant Singh treated me like an adult. He listened carefully, asked probing questions and, occasionally, shared his own experiences(PTI)
Updated on Oct 04, 2020 06:14 AM IST
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To grey or not to grey

That is the question; and what, pray, is your answer?
It is difficult to find famous females who have decided to go grey with age and look glamorous while doing so(Getty Images)
It is difficult to find famous females who have decided to go grey with age and look glamorous while doing so(Getty Images)
Updated on May 18, 2019 10:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySeema Goswami

Stalin made a mistake in proposing Rahul Gandhi as the candidate for prime minister, writes Karan Thapar

A piquant situation will arise if Congress is the single largest party in the opposition alliance but short of the 136 mark. If Mayawati and Mamata have 40 MPs each they could be reluctant to give precedence to Rahul Gandhi. Even if their numbers are smaller they’re likely to believe their greater experience gives them prior claim
MK Stalin is not in the running. So for him to champion Rahul Gandhi’s cause is easy(Sourced)
MK Stalin is not in the running. So for him to champion Rahul Gandhi’s cause is easy(Sourced)
Updated on Dec 23, 2018 02:15 PM IST
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‘#MeToo a revelation, gives women new voice’

Many children from in and around Himachal Pradesh also attended the literature festival, which saw experts from diverse backgrounds on one platform.
Audience during the first day of Khuswant Sing Literature Festival at Kasauli on October 12.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Audience during the first day of Khuswant Sing Literature Festival at Kasauli on October 12.(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Oct 15, 2018 05:20 PM IST
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Mani Shankar Aiyar, Karan Thapar play the devil’s advocate at Khushwant Singh Lit Fest

In keeping with the fest’s theme, the strength of the nari (woman), Aiyar decided to focus the session on the prominent women Thapar knew and interviewed.
Mani Shankar Aiyar and Karan Thapar at Khushwant Singh Lit Fest on Saturday(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Mani Shankar Aiyar and Karan Thapar at Khushwant Singh Lit Fest on Saturday(Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Oct 14, 2018 10:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kasauli | ByAishwarya Khosla, Kasuali

Malavika’s Mumbaistan: A gathering of the tribe

Wednesday evening’s launch of Karan Thapar’s Devil’s Advocate at a Delhi five-star was a gathering of the tribe by all accounts; with former PM Dr Manmohan Singh and former CM Sheila Dixit, along with a host of Congress leaders, in attendance to hear Rahul Gandhi’s address, it was a little like the Ghost of Times Past – a Lutyen’s love fest for all those people who’d sat it out patiently in the Opposition praying that their supreme leader would get “woke” soon! And lo and behold, after his LS “speech-and-hug” double whammy, Gandhi appears to be “woke” enough.
(LtoR) Congress president Rahul Gandhi and ex-PM Manmohan Singh at Karan Thapar’s book launch.
(LtoR) Congress president Rahul Gandhi and ex-PM Manmohan Singh at Karan Thapar’s book launch.
Updated on Jul 27, 2018 05:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByMalavika Sangghvi, Mumbai

How LK Advani’s secret meeting paved way for Agra summit: Excerpt from Karan Thapar’s book

Karan Thapar’s new book reveals how LK Advani’s secret meetings in 2000-2001 with the then Pakistani high commissioner paved the way for the Agra Summit and for the BJP leader’s changed attitude to Pakistan. An exclusive extract
The Pakistan Trip: LK Advani, the then BJP president and leader of the opposition, at the Katas Raj temple near Lahore in 2005. Pakistani foreign minister, Khurshid Kasuri, had extended an invitation to Advani to visit his country.(PTI)
The Pakistan Trip: LK Advani, the then BJP president and leader of the opposition, at the Katas Raj temple near Lahore in 2005. Pakistani foreign minister, Khurshid Kasuri, had extended an invitation to Advani to visit his country.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 15, 2018 04:15 PM IST
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Justice Chelameswar hopes Jan 12 presser won’t come in way of Justice Gogoi’s elevation as CJI

CJI Dipak Misra retires on October 2 and Justice Chelameswar, who is the seniormost judge after him, would demit the office on June 22.
Supreme Court judge Justice Jasti Chelameswar at the launch of a book in New Delhi.(PTI FILE)
Supreme Court judge Justice Jasti Chelameswar at the launch of a book in New Delhi.(PTI FILE)
Updated on Apr 07, 2018 10:38 PM IST
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There is a bit of India in every Pakistani: Zardari

For the first time, a Pakistani head of state promised a “no-first nuclear-strike” against India, talked of change and reconciliation, of shared bloodlines and the possibility of doing away with passports, report Vinod Sharma and Zia Haq. See Special | See webcast | See pics
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Updated on Sep 17, 2018 05:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVinod Sharma and Zia Haq, New Delhi
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