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Back And Forth

Back and forth

Governance standards of the outgoing government are still under discussion, perhaps also vital to guide the voters in the coming general elections. While analysing their policies one notices some good…

Taking A Chance With Democracy

Taking a chance with democracy

A British prime minister once said he “hated elections” and compared them to “medicine which you’ve got to have”. But for us fair elections are no bitter medicine. In fact,…

The Rise Of India

The rise of India

Can India become a great power? This question is taken up by the weekly Economist in its March 27 edition. New Delhi, as the weekly sees it, has the potential…

Agenda For The Nation 2013 And Beyond-II

Agenda for the nation 2013 and beyond-II

What is the real nature and extent of the domestic crisis? Let me try to highlight some of its major dimensions. First and foremost, it is a 'crisis of legitimacy'.…

Between Shame And Shamelessness

Between shame and shamelessness

We have tumbled into and been tossed from one species of government to another. We have suffered a ‘brutal’ dictatorship and savored an ‘enlightened’ one. Tired of a ‘sham’ democracy…

Reality And Rhetoric

Reality and rhetoric

“A Sophisticated rhetorician inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity.” Disraeli’s famous description of his opponent Gladstone, on July 27, 1878, has been justly applied to leaders who imagine…

Lessons From Cyprus

Lessons from Cyprus

A few years down memory lane, who would’ve thought that Cyprus – the Russian tax haven and the hub of a massive banking bubble – would bear such a mammoth…

Is This The Problem?

Is this the problem?

In an article titled ‘Is Pakistan’s condition terminal?’ published in Foreign Policy, Robert Hathaway, director of the Asian Programme at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington, has…