• Feeling unsafe

    Feeling unsafe

    In India there are more chances of being struck down by a speeding car or a train crash than a terror incident. Approximately, one death occurs every four minutes on Indian roads

  • His bags are packed, he's ready to go

    His bags are packed, he's ready to go

    Now that the Bihar election is done and dusted, the PM is ready to travel abroad again

  • A quest for a dignified life in Bihar

    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)

  • The duty to dissent

    The duty to dissent

    History has shown that societies benefit with dissent, not conformity

  • The stress of festival gifting

    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

  • A parade of stand-up comedy acts in Bihar

    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

  • Shift in Kashmir stance or just UN posturing?

    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

  • 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

  • Zia 2.0

    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

  • De-romancing Indian Railways

    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

  • War or peace: 50 years on

    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.

  • Of champagne wishes and caviar dreams

    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.

  • Hyper nationalism and the expat Indian

    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

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

    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

  • If they knew then what we know now

    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

  • The Khalistanis are gearing up

    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

  • All eyes on Bihar

    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!

  • India-Pakistan: The wheel turns

    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

  • Save for the golden years

    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

  • A spy spoke about lies. Are we surprised?

    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