• Bringing back Indians

    Bringing back Indians

    The rescue of 46 Indian nurses from Iraq last week is the second diplomatic success for the new NDA government

  • Trouble in the Hindu Kush

    Trouble in the Hindu Kush

    The ‘mountains of death’ that have passes between high peaks that even the troops of Alexander the Great found treacherous are once again the scene of battle

  • A Dragon in our room

    A Dragon in our room

    Within two weeks of assuming office, Prime Minister Modi has successfully completed his first tour abroad, to neighbouring Bhutan

  • Into the land of the Druk

    Into the land of the Druk

    With a prayer on my lips: It is a privilege to report on a Prime Minister’s maiden foreign visit and Bhutan is certainly on every Indian journalist’s bucket list

  • Don't stop talking, Mr PM

    Don't stop talking, Mr PM

    It was November 25, 2009, in Washington DC. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was midway through his visit to the American capital, and everything seemed to be going right

  • Feeble old party

    Feeble old party

    There is nothing really left of the Grand Old Party, the Indian National Congress, other than ‘old’

  • The journey begins now for Modi and his team

    The journey begins now for Modi and his team

    This evening, Narendra Modi and his council of ministers will take the oath of office and secrecy from the President in the presence of about 4,000-odd invitees, who include foreign dignitaries, heads of government, eminent citizens and common Indians

  • Pick your team wisely, Mr Modi

    Pick your team wisely, Mr Modi

    The new prime minister of India has a fantastic choice before him one that his predecessor did not have in his two terms in office

  • Democracy's Tandav Nritya

    Democracy's Tandav Nritya

    After the last vote has been cast for the 2014 general elections today, there will be a sense of catharsis for some

  • Goodbye Dr Singh

    Goodbye Dr Singh

    “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it,” wrote Sir Winston Churchill

  • 2014 is not 1998

    2014 is not 1998

    With Priyanka Gandhi jumping out in the open into the Congress campaign programme, feeble hopes have rekindled in the Grand Old Party

  • Fear and hysteria as campaign tools

    Fear and hysteria as campaign tools

    Those who don’t want Modi will have to go to Pakistan, those who vote for Congress want Muslims to rule India like Babar did, those who vote for BSP want upper castes finished forever, those who vote PDP want Kashmir to go to Pakistan, those who vote for CPI want India to become a satellite of Russia/China

  • No contest in Amethi and Varanasi

    No contest in Amethi and Varanasi

    The so called ‘Big Fight’ in both these constituencies is all made up to generate excitement for TV. Amethi will go to Rahul Gandhi and Varanasi will go to Narendra Modi. I am willing to stick my neck out on this and call

  • Democracy: the Afghan win game

    Democracy: the Afghan win game

    Whoever coined the phrase “the dance of democracy” captured the essence of the electoral process that celebrates democracy. Barely three months after the elections in Bangladesh — and battling against worse odds — Afghanistan went to polls on Saturday

  • All politics is local

    All politics is local

    A former US Congressman Tip O’Neill is famous for the phrase “All politics is local” which compresses to a belief that voters are only concerned about local issues and every day concerns

  • Age of the buddy journalist

    Age of the buddy journalist

    A pseudonymous Twitter user, @thecomicproject, posted on Saturday: “Journalists have four designations: Journalist, Senior Journalist, Veteran Journalist, Politician.”

  • The ultimate reality TV show: elections

    The ultimate reality TV show: elections

    A month before the elections kick off, campaigning has turned into a reality show. Move aside Bigg Boss and Satyamev Jayate, there is more drama to be devoured in election coverage.

  • Arranged marriages for the magic of 272

    Arranged marriages for the magic of 272

    There is something about arranged marriages in India. It’s like the entire universe conspires to actualise them

  • Secularism and national security

    Secularism and national security

    As we draw closer to elections, politicians are going to talk about religion and its role in society and how they will defend the rights of every religious group of people

  • Obsessive compulsive political disorder

    Obsessive compulsive political disorder

    It is quite natural for the media to focus on political news in an election year. However, the grand obsession with politics and political news has become quite oppressive. Every news story acquires political contours; grand meanings are read into anecdotal events