Babu Mistri and Westphalia
People were migratory birds, not legal or illegal immigrants.
BABU Mistri may have never travelled to Assam but his story is emblematic of the tragedy of four million people who have been rendered homeless through an officially sponsored land grab. I use the term ‘land grab’ because Nehru had described it as an integral feature of majoritarian communalism, which I believe would be equally […]
Holding his feet to the fire
Will Imran Khan’s pursuit of the dream turn out to be any different? He deserves a chance to triumph or lose the plot, hopefully the former.
A PHOTOSHOPPED picture of Imran Khan has adorned my Facebook page for the last few weeks, which I am planning to remove. The frame is an election-time caricature shared by an irate friend. It shows Imran’s beaming face donning a general’s cap, which is placed over a judge’s wig. The message endorses the claim by […]
Dream team for Gibran
There’s little time to waste. But reflect we must on Gibran’s worst fears about a nation’s fall.
GENERAL elections due on Wednesday have already taken a frightful toll on innocent Pakistani lives. And those who fear that democracy is being hollowed out in favour of an illiberal polity are watching the journey with trepidation at home. A concerned friend, the wife of a former diplomat posted in India, expressed her hope for […]
Fuss about meeting Muslims
The Sachar Committee report, which thoroughly explored the social and economic plight of Indian Muslims, was compiled by a non-Muslim.
ABOUT three years ago, eminent historian Romila Thapar urged Indian intellectuals to wake up and shore up democracy against a determined, subversive right-wing incursion. That is roughly what Noam Chomsky has been saying, albeit to a wider audience, probably across the world. She was not exhorting Hindu intellectuals and he was not addressing the Jewish […]
Nehru, Vajpayee and Modi
There are several reasons for the Indian left to be critical of Nehru. But why does the Indian right hate him ever so intensely?
MAURICE Hallet served as home secretary to the British government in India and occupied the governor’s post in Bihar and the United Provinces as part of his assignments between 1932 and 1945. His hatred of the Congress party was startlingly similar to Prime Minister Modi’s today. During the Quit India Movement, Jawaharlal Nehru suspended for […]
Beware the croupiers in 2019
There’s nothing the Modi government can do to win in 2019 if the opposition doesn’t want him to.
INDIA’S opposition parties must quickly deal with two problems ahead of the next election. One stems from an irrational fear of Prime Minister Modi, of what tricks he might have up his sleeve and so forth to outsmart the opposition in 2019. This problem is rooted in low self-belief and a battered self-esteem, which by […]
Was the emergency needed?
There was something tentative, even reluctant with an aura of self-doubt, about Mrs Gandhi’s crackdown.
JUNE 26 marks the day Indira Gandhi imposed her 21-month-long emergency rule on India in 1975. There will be the usual seminars to remember the occasion, and an old book by two intrepid journalists is also planned to be re-released, a classic of its time on the landmark event. I was a student at the […]
Shujaat Bukhari’s notebook
SHUJAAT Bukhari was among the most informed and least exultant Kashmiri journalists I have met. He let his incorrigible smile and straight reporting do the talking. He was shot dead on Thursday evening outside the Srinagar office of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, of which he was editor. There is predictable confusion about who may have […]
From Caxton to Hindutva
Why is it that nearly all the exposés involving Marwari business houses are carried out in the form of books?
A FRESH Cobrapost sting operation has shown a number of big media outfits accepting money to spread fake news and whip up religious hysteria to boost the BJP’s chances in the 2019 elections. The Cobrapost is held in high regard and its exposés in the past have helped the interests of Indian democracy. This one, […]
Being mad about peace
One can understand his colleagues being miffed with something Gen Durrani said, but why are the politicians so worked up?
“YE deewangi kab khatam hogi?” When will this madness end? The disarming question from former Indian vice president Hamid Ansari prompted Pakistan’s ex-spy chief retired Lt-Gen Asad Durrani to agree to do a book with his friend, the former RAW chief, Amarjit Singh Dulat. The Dulat-Durrani book explores Ansari’s poser from different angles. Luckily, it […]