TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE PRIME MINISTER, Hindustan Times [Sunday, May 16th, 2010]

In seventeen years as Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru visited the United States on three separate occasions. Dr Manmohan Singh has been three times to the U. S. in the past year alone. Those on the left of the political spectrum might interpret this as evidence of a dangerous subservience. I do not share this view, [...]

 
 
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  THE PAST AND FUTURE OF THE INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, Caravan [Monday, March 1st, 2010]

Not long ago, I found myself in a panel discussion on television with three politicians. One was a Congress Member of Parliament, a second an MP from the Bharatiya Janata Party, the third the President of one of the smaller regional formations. In the course of the conversation I found reason to criticize the three [...]

 
 
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  THE TRIPLE TRAGEDY OF THE INDIAN MUSLIMS, The Telegraph [Saturday, October 25th, 2008]

An influential editor from Delhi, visiting Bangalore, hosted a dinner for some local politicians, and invited me along. Among the netas present was the Karnataka Youth Congress president, the spokesman for H. D. Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular), and an office-bearer of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The conversation turned to the history of communal violence [...]

 
 
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  THE NORTH-EAST AND THE NATION, The Telegraph [Saturday, June 21st, 2008]

Earlier this year I spent ten days travelling through three states of north-eastern India. My journey began in Manipur, where, on my first night, I had dinner with a bunch of academics and journalists. The humour on display was black: it was aimed chiefly at the two agencies that between them control and dominate the [...]

 
 
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  NIRAD BABU’S NEHRU, The Hindu [Sunday, November 24th, 2002]

On the 8th of September 1951, The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian was published in London. When the book finally arrived in India, several weeks later, the author sent a copy to his literary mentor, Mohitlal Majumdar. Majumdar soon wrote back with his words of appreciation, but then asked: ‘What does Jawaharlal Nehru think of [...]

 
 
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  VAJPAYEE’S NEHRU, The Hindu [Sunday, November 10th, 2002]

In the spring of 1977, thirty years of Congress rule ended, and a new Government took power in New Delhi. Politicians who had expected to live out their days in the Opposition were unexpectedly thrust into Ministerial office. In preparation, sycophantic bureaucrats began to take away or hide any visible signs in the secretariat of [...]

 
 
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