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The Incompetence Argument Against Democracy

The incompetence argument against democracy

Like drug addicts, we will endure almost any indignity for yet another hit from the bong of low-grade gossip that passes for national news. Tahirul Qadri’s travails on flight EK…

Our Foreign Policy After Modi

Our foreign policy after Modi

It is generally believed that rational human beings have a universal longing for peace. But artificial distinctions on the basis of religion and nationality keep the peoples of South Asia…

View Point: Is Modi Trustworthy?

View Point: Is Modi trustworthy?

Uncertainly hangs over a fresh beginning Islamabad expects to make with India's new far right Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nawaz Sharif was one of the first world leaders…

Modi: Plumbing The Low Depths

Modi: plumbing the low depths

Many Narendra Modi zealots are acting as if the man had already been sworn in as India’s prime minister, or as if that were inevitable. They take their cue from…

Will The BJP Lose By Gaining?

Will the BJP lose by gaining?

When the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ordered the Bharatiya Janata Party to nominate Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate six months ago, neither organisation could have imagined that this would…

A Sardar Like No Other

A Sardar like no other

What is the good life? Is it the life lived in virtue? But what is virtue? It is different things to different people. What usually passes for virtue in our…

Ninety-nine — Not Out

Ninety-nine — not out

To get a measure of Khushwant Singh’s life (he died on March 20, 2014 at the age of 99), one needs to remember that when he was born in 1915,…