Smita Prakash

  • A quest for a dignified life in Bihar

    It’s the last lap in Bihar and tensions are running high. The stakes have been upped a great degree by both the BJP and the MGB (the mahagathbandhan or grand alliance)

    Nov 02, 2015, 07:19 IST

  • The duty to dissent

    History has shown that societies benefit with dissent, not conformity

    Oct 26, 2015, 07:43 IST

  • The stress of festival gifting

    You can never get it right. Not the list, not the gift. So the first step towards nirvana from stress of festival gifting is to accept this fact

    Oct 19, 2015, 02:15 IST

  • A parade of stand-up comedy acts in Bihar

    Political speeches in Bihar and interviews of politicians have transcended the sphere of politics and jumped into the realm of wild and wicked

    Oct 12, 2015, 07:15 IST

  • Shift in Kashmir stance or just UN posturing?

    India made a sharp and strong case for itself last week at the UN when Pakistan raked up the Kashmir issue

    Oct 05, 2015, 07:37 IST

Smita Prakash

  • Narendra Modi: The nation's unmatchable salesman

    John Chambers, Chairman of Cisco Systems said of Prime Minister Modi, “you (PM Modi) are an amazing ambassador of your country....PM Modi will change the world

    Sep 29, 2015, 07:30 IST

  • Zia 2.0

    He is everywhere in Pakistan. Visiting injured soldiers in hospitals, meeting with corps commanders and being photographed doing it, inaugurating civilian projects, praying with jihadis, and wearing turbans over fatigues

    Sep 21, 2015, 07:29 IST

  • De-romancing Indian Railways

    If you think of railways and you imagine Shah Rukh-Kajol in Dilwale Dulhaniya and Chaiyyan Chaiyyan, or if you are slightly older then the classics like Rajesh Khanna singing Mere sapno kii rani kab ayegi tu or Aao bacchon tumhein dikhaen jhaanki Hindustan kii, then STOP

    Sep 14, 2015, 07:18 IST

  • War or peace: 50 years on

    Last week the picture of a dead Syrian child on a beach shocked the world. In his gruesome death, 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi has become somewhat of an Internet sensation.

    Sep 07, 2015, 07:01 IST

  • Of champagne wishes and caviar dreams

    The lives of the rich and famous are always a fabulous source of gossip and idle chatter. And prime-time news.

    Aug 31, 2015, 07:54 IST

  • Hyper nationalism and the expat Indian

    The Prime Minister was in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last week and in the coming months he will be travelling to the US again to attend the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) and also to Malaysia for the ASEAN summit

    Aug 24, 2015, 07:42 IST

  • India-Pak NSA level talks: A non-starter

    Balakot is a small town that is situated along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir that witnessed intense shelling from the Pakistani side, which killed six people and injured several others last weekend

    Aug 17, 2015, 07:37 IST

  • If they knew then what we know now

    Former US President George Bush’s brother and Republican party potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked by Fox News, “knowing what we know now” would he have gone into Iraq if he had been President

    Aug 10, 2015, 07:28 IST

  • The Khalistanis are gearing up

    On May 3, less than a month after PM Modi touched down in three cities in Canada the first bilateral visit by an Indian PM after 42 years a gathering of more than 1,50,000 Canadian Sikhs unanimously passed the Punjab Referendum Resolution in Toronto

    Aug 03, 2015, 07:39 IST

Smita Prakash

  • All eyes on Bihar

    Bihar Assembly elections are due in a few months from now so its raining Bihari jokes, and many of them are being cracked by Bihar bhaiyas themselves!

    Jul 27, 2015, 07:44 IST

  • India-Pakistan: The wheel turns

    If you were to be charitable you would say that India’s Pakistan policy is dynamic, as it changes according to the times

    Jul 20, 2015, 07:34 IST

  • Save for the golden years

    You would have probably missed the news item, buried, as it was in the tumult of LalitGate, Vyapam and Shah Rukh’s boundary wall getting some graffiti-love

    Jul 13, 2015, 07:33 IST

  • A spy spoke about lies. Are we surprised?

    Should a former Intelligence chief have written a book in which he revealed secrets that were, at best, open secrets but now have been verified as true? Mr AS Dulat was chief of the Research and Intelligence Wing (R&AW) from 1999 to 2000 and post retirement he was advisor to Prime Minister Vajpayee on Kashmir affairs

    Jul 06, 2015, 07:38 IST

  • Very unsmart Indian cities

    There is nothing smart about our cities. The Prime Minister and his team have a massive task ahead of them if they are going to make 100 smart cities in the time that they have set for themselves

    Jun 29, 2015, 07:15 IST

  • To resign, or fire or wait it out is the question

    Kyon istifa dia jaaye? Hum Congress party ko oblige karne kay liye sarkar chala rahein hain kya? (Why should they (Sushma Swaraj & Vasundhara Raje) resign? Are we running a government to oblige the Congress Party?) These were Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s words on Saturday, a week after the media unravelled the murky deeds and connections of Lalit Modi with Indian politicians

    Jun 22, 2015, 07:26 IST

  • Smart Cities on garbage dumps

    Can the term urban decay factually be used on Indian cities? Logically, for ‘decay’ to set in there should have been, at some point of time in recent history, a degree of glory

    Jun 15, 2015, 07:44 IST

  • Modi in Bangladesh: Ties that flow smooth

    To borrow an urban phrase, Bangladesh is turning out to be our BFF (Best Friend Forever) along with Bhutan

    Jun 08, 2015, 02:10 IST

  • Student activism is inevitable

    Political activism in campuses cannot be completely or even effectively stopped in functional democracies

    Jun 01, 2015, 07:23 IST

  • Happy birthday and hello reality

    It is time to say Happy one-year birthday to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government this week

    May 25, 2015, 07:26 IST

  • Kaju katli and sweet memories

    My husband does not like kaju-katli (kaju barfi to some) and yet I have stayed married to him

    May 18, 2015, 00:17 IST

  • How many of you drink and drive?

    Everybody had an opinion about Salman Khan’s drink-driving-not-drink-driving case. But almost everybody is silent on whether he/she has ever driven under the influence of alcohol

    May 11, 2015, 07:56 IST

  • Trust the process: the message in America

    Riots in the land of plenty. Somehow it doesn’t make sense. America is rich; it’s people not necessarily so. America is powerful, all it’s people, not really. Inequality and discrimination persist despite years and years of Affirmative Action.

    May 04, 2015, 07:34 IST

  • No hesitation in saying shabash

    “Please help bring my son’s body back.” My childhood memories are replete with phone calls that my father received with pleas from relatives and friends who lost family members in natural and man-made disasters in foreign lands

    Apr 27, 2015, 07:49 IST

  • Keep mum

    Minutes after the Congress Party’s much touted re-launch vehicle for Rahul Gandhi, columnist Ashok Malik tweeted, “My unsolicited, gratuitous advice to both the Congress party and Rahul is the same: Keep Mum.” Pun firmly intended

    Apr 20, 2015, 07:44 IST

  • Evenings in Paris, deals in kitty: Modi in a hurry

    A leader on a three-nation, nine-day tour to Europe and Canada ought to have some time for rest and relaxation. Not so for the Indian Prime Minister

    Apr 13, 2015, 07:43 IST

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