The Ideology and Generational Divide That Contributed to the Left’s Rout in India

I remember visiting Harkishan Singh Surjeet’s ancestral home in Bundala in early 2005. It was a long drive from Delhi and we got lost more than once after reaching this large village in Jalandhar district of Punjab. But thanks to a couple of cheerful young men who were ready to accompany us to our destination … Continue reading The Ideology and Generational Divide That Contributed to the Left’s Rout in India

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Start-ups Want Concrete Steps by the Government to Help Them Grow

MUGHILAN Thiru Ramasamy, the co-founder and CEO of Bengaluru- based Skylark Drones, set up more than four years ago, is 28 years old, the average age of start-up founders in India. This alumnus of Purdue University has built an entity that uses drones mostly in infrastructure, agriculture, mining and solar energy to collect data and … Continue reading Start-ups Want Concrete Steps by the Government to Help Them Grow

The 12 Bureaucrats Entrusted with Implementing Vision Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a tireless campaigner with a mission: to strike a chord with the masses in as many ways as possible. As the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led federal coalition, he is prepared to go the whole hog to endear himself to men and women across the country. His use … Continue reading The 12 Bureaucrats Entrusted with Implementing Vision Modi

‘Savarkar escaped because nobody probed how Godse got an Italian revolver from a Gwalior dealer’

Tushar A. Gandhi, the great-grandson of the Mahatma, is the author of the nearly 1000-page volume titled Let’s Kill Gandhi! A Chronicle of His Last Days, The Conspiracy, Murder Investigation and Trial. It is a product of years of exhaustive research into the previous attempts on Gandhi’s life starting from 1934 by Hindu fanatics and his assassination on January … Continue reading ‘Savarkar escaped because nobody probed how Godse got an Italian revolver from a Gwalior dealer’

Civic issues dominate the national poll debate in Chandigarh

PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL is dapper, sharp and warm. As I walk into his home in the sweltering heat of Chandigarh, soft drinks are served immediately, but the Congress veteran and former Union minister must leave for a function and a party meeting soon thereafter. Yet, he doesn’t sound one bit like a man in a … Continue reading Civic issues dominate the national poll debate in Chandigarh

Banning burqas in MES isn’t just tough, it is dangerous for its president Dr Fazal Gafoor

Fazal Gafoor is a ‘cosmopolitan’, if you apply the great thinker Benedict Anderson’s definition of the term. He speaks multiple languages, having been to primary school in Edinburgh where his mother and he had accompanied his father who had moved to the Scottish capital from Kerala to pursue studies in the 1950s. While Gafoor was … Continue reading Banning burqas in MES isn’t just tough, it is dangerous for its president Dr Fazal Gafoor

Inside the Mind of the Indian Muslim Voter

KHALEED RASHEED FARANGI MAHLI, one of Lucknow’s prominent clerics, has a message for the people of his community this election: go out and vote in large numbers. Self-confessedly averse to interfering in politics, Farangi Mahli, a religious scholar of Farangi Mahal, an area near Chowk in Uttar Pradesh’s capital city that had in the past … Continue reading Inside the Mind of the Indian Muslim Voter

Sri Lankan blasts unprecedented in scale, coordination: Ex-UN official and author

Gordon Weiss, a former senior United Nations official and chronicler of the last phase of the war between the Sinhalese-dominated government forces and the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, says he is deeply shocked by the enormity of deaths and the extent of planning that went behind multiple terror blasts that ripped through the island … Continue reading Sri Lankan blasts unprecedented in scale, coordination: Ex-UN official and author