In 2014 the Bharatiya Janata Party gained a complete majority in India’s Lower House of Parliament, called the Lok Sabha, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi - who promised sweeping developmental reforms. But after 22 months, the reforms remain all talk and no trousers. Within the BJP, there appears a distinct lack of… Continue reading What will it take for the BJP to reform India?
On February 10, 2016, when the huge issue of JNU students chanting anti-India slogans and praising Afzal Guru first came to national attention, Times Now's Arnab Goswami chose that as his topic of debate for the 'Newshour'. The entire debate can be seen here. The entire debate is basically one long condemnation of the students… Continue reading Ravish Kumar’s great answer to Arnab’s craziness
Once more, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani, has become the focus of national outrage after a series of inter-connected events ended with the tragic suicide of Rohith Vemula, a 28-year-old Ph.D scholar in Hyderabad University. @smritiirani wrote 4 letters,1 email to VC asking what action has been taken against students on this… Continue reading Why did the HRD Ministry care about Rohit Vemula?
Karnataka is on the boil lately, thanks to the surprising decision of the Congress-ruled Karnataka State Government to suddenly elevate the erstwhile king of Mysore, Tipu Sultan, into a pan-Kannadiga hero, giving him a grand celebration. The problem is even if someone is an atheist, they would still have to be uncomfortable with Tipu's blood-soaked… Continue reading Tipu Jayanti: Is there a shortage of respectable Kannadigas?
As someone on Facebook proudly declared recently - "A democracy is the rule by majority, and if the majority want something then that's the way it goes". True. Except there is another phrase as well - "In a democracy the organized minority is the majority". This is perhaps more true than the first statement, especially… Continue reading Meat Bans: India is about adjustment, not bans