Meghnad Desai The Indian Express Group

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The almost man

Sunday 5 January '14

Ever since the victory in 2009, Congress veterans have been trying to cut Manmohan Singh down to size.
No wave, just a tsunami

Sunday 15 December '13

Arvind Kejriwal in his moment of triumph ought to discount his victory.
A grown-up democracy

Sunday 1 December '13

India needs a much more robust culture where leaders are exposed to the people’s criticisms rather than treated like the old rajas.
Women under siege

Sunday 24 November '13

The Tarun Tejpal case, which has just exploded, is sad and shocking.
Is there a future for India?

Sunday 17 November '13

Politics, of course, is completely out of bounds for anyone who has only merit.
Mars and modern India

Sunday 10 November '13

The Congress was an instrument that Gandhi adapted to mass struggle, but under his dictatorial rule.
Out of my mind: Legacy Wars

Sunday 3 November '13

The Congress had promised a coalition with the Muslim League in UP after the 1937 elections.
Divide and unite

Sunday 27 October '13

Rahul Gandhi recently articulated his primal fear a premature violent death by assassination.
The Muslim question

Sunday 20 October '13

Following the tragedy of Partition, Muslims in India have been treated as a special species.
The Telangana blunder

Sunday 13 October '13

It has been three years since P Chidambaram confided somewhat loudly that the UPA was going to grant Telangana statehood.
Political riots

Sunday 6 October '13

Fast forward 38 years and we have a politically engineered riot.
Game changer

Sunday 29 September '13

Politics does sometimes change abruptly, hitting a cusp when suddenly new possibilities open up which were not there the day before.
The idea of India

Sunday 22 September '13

This idea of a secular, democratic, left-of-centre polity was very much the brainchild of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Old men in a hurry

Sunday 15 September '13

The run-up to the 2014 elections has everyone in a tearing hurry to rush to decisions that may prove to be ill-judged.
The crisis

Sunday 1 September '13

The market has seen that the fundamental problem of the Indian economy is politics.
The Auld Enemy

Sunday 18 August '13

It is a uniquely Indian dish. Border troubles across the LoC and communal riots in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Hindu rate of backwardness

Sunday 28 July '13

In the 1959 film Anari, there is a scene where the simpleton-hero played by Raj Kapoor is working in a restaurant kitchen.
Why are there riots in India?

Sunday 21 July '13

There was a presentation of a new book on the Partition of Punjab last week in one of the committee rooms at the House of Lords
Crisis of the Muslim world

Sunday 7 July '13

There was the unrest in Istanbul against a non-secular government
Democracy in deficit

Sunday 30 June '13

Every time the question of Jammu and Kashmir comes up in Indian politics, there is a forceful assertion that J&K is an integral part of India


The Big Debate
Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
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Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
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Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
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Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
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Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
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