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Black hole of the state

Monday 4 March '13

Unless there are signs that we are reinventing the state, all promises will prove illusory
Choking the middle

Thursday 21 February '13

In the debate on environment, the fringes feed on each other
Politics beyond the noose

Monday 11 February '13

Afzal Guru has been hanged but the process of restoring the state’s credibility has barely begun
Freedom without a centre

Thursday 7 February '13

The liberal centre has no political voice as parties mistakenly do not see its potential
The liberal DNA

Saturday 26 January '13

Seems to be missing in the politics of the left, right and centre in India
The reality principle

Thursday 17 January '13

Cautious prudence on Pakistan has served us better than ‘realistic’ illusions of force
Quick-fix failures

Wednesday 9 January '13

The short cuts have returned to haunt. The long term has caught up with us
The Year of Law

Tuesday 1 January '13

2013 could be the year we become conscious of what a republican rule of law entails
Rage and helplessness

Wednesday 26 December '12

This crisis is about a state that positioned itself as a vanguard, then got lost in its pathologies
A Modi-fied politics

Friday 21 December '12

Those worried about him first need to set their own house in order
Myths of our making

Wednesday 12 December '12

Too many of our economic prescriptions are based on dogma, empirical half-truths
Nation of small strivings

Thursday 6 December '12

The debate on FDI speaks to the petit bourgeois imagination
House on dead-end street

Thursday 29 November '12

Politics won’t let Parliament live, democracy insists it can’t die
Our humanity, and theirs

Friday 23 November '12

The death penalty cannot be used as an expression of collective vengeance
Rigour in the margins

Thursday 15 November '12

Why do social sciences in India thrive best outside the university system?
Master of antipathies

Friday 9 November '12

Naipaul’s literary insight is born of his prejudices. The two cannot be separated
Political trifling

Monday 29 October '12

The cabinet reshuffle is an odd combination of brazenness and caution
Laying a new aadhaar

Thursday 25 October '12

The paradigm shift in welfare needs as much public debate as corruption
These powerful victims

Wednesday 17 October '12

Kejriwal is the symptom of a suffocating system, not the cause of its decline
Commerce Ministry seeks foreign service of its own

Tuesday 9 October '12

The commerce ministry has moved to create its own foreign service in a bid to extend its control over foreign trade and economic affairs


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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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