How Mining Corrodes Democracy, The Telegraph [Saturday, August 20th, 2016]

When the new millennium dawned, the poster boy of economic liberalization in my home state, Karnataka, was N. R. Narayana Murthy. A man from a middle-class home, with no tradition of entrepreneurship in his family, Narayana Murthy got together with six other like-minded individuals to found a company named Infosys. Starting from modest beginnings in [...]

 
 
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  The Dark and Desperate State of Uttar Pradesh, Hindustan Times [Sunday, October 11th, 2015]

A recent report in the Financial Times, caught my eye. Headlined ‘India advert for tea boys and guards attracts 2.3m applicants’, it spoke of the desperate desire for a government job among the young men of India’s largest state. Earlier this year, the Uttar Pradesh Government had placed an advertisement for 368 Class IV posts [...]

 
 
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  When Politicians Get Too Close to Businessmen, The Telegraph [Saturday, July 25th, 2015]

I write this on Tuesday the 21st of July, with the Bangalore edition of The Hindu in front of me. The front page carries a large photograph of Mallikarjun Kharge, the veteran Congress leader from Karnataka who is currently the de facto leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. Interestingly, the photo does not [...]

 
 
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  Judging The Judges, The Telegraph [Saturday, March 7th, 2015]

Here, in full, is a recent news item in a New Delhi newspaper: ‘When former Chief Justice of India and current Kerala Governor P Sathasivam came to Delhi to attend the wedding reception of BJP chief Amit Shah, he also reached out to various government functionaries to explore the possibility of a Delhi posting — [...]

 
 
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  Seven Threats To Freedom Of Expression, The Telegraph [Saturday, January 24th, 2015]

India, I have long maintained, is a fifty-fifty democracy. In some respects—such as free and fair elections, free movement of people—we are as democratic as any other country in the world. In other respects we lag noticeably behind. One such area is the freedom of expression. The first threat to freedom of expression is the [...]

 
 
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  No Game for Good Men, The Telegraph [Saturday, June 1st, 2013]

I detest wearing a tie, and do so only when forced. One such occasion was a formal dinner at All Souls College, Oxford, where opposite me was an Israeli scholar who had just got a job at the University, and was extremely anxious to show how well he knew its ways and mores. He dropped [...]

 
 
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  The State of My State, The Telegraph [Saturday, August 4th, 2012]

I know that we may be speaking here of a race to the bottom, but I would still like to claim that the political culture of the state where I live, Karnataka, is more degraded than that of any other state of the Union. Consider these three, discrete, events that occurred in a single month, [...]

 
 
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  Smash-and-Grab Crony League, The Hindu [Saturday, May 26th, 2012]

I live in Bangalore, down the road from the Karnataka State Cricket Association. I am a member of the KSCA, which means that I can watch all the matches played in its stadium for free, and from a comfortable seat next to the pavilion. I exercise the privilege always during a Test match, often during [...]

 
 
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  A PATRIARCH FOR THE NATION – DEBATE, The Telegraph [Saturday, August 27th, 2011]

Debating Anna Hazare On the 27th of August, the Telegraph newspaper published an article on Anna Hazare by Ramachandra Guha under the title A PATRIARCH FOR THE NATION?. The article sparked a debate between the author and the social worker Lalit Uniyal. The debate is reproduced below, for several reasons. The dialogue is without artifice; [...]

 
 
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  A PATRIARCH FOR THE NATION?, The Telegraph [Saturday, August 27th, 2011]

About twenty years ago, I found myself in the same room as Anna Hazare, at a meeting organized by the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi. Mr Hazare was becoming known in environmental circles for the work he had done in his native village, Ralegan Siddhi. His successful programmes of watershed conservation and [...]

 
 
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