In the close to 20 years since the beginning of the Bosnian War, much has happened. Thousands have been massacred, international forces have intervened, peace agreements have been negotiated, individuals have been tried for war crimes, refugees have fled. Yet, in the midst of this … Continue readingGiving peace a chance in Bosnia
Here are a few budget reactions from the corporate world sent to me by the respective PR agencies. While some are lauding Pranab, others are not too happy with him. As a layman, I am only happy with Pranab for making it a rural-focussed budget. … Continue readingBudget reactions from the corporate world
Coalition politics is a different game but Congress is a master of that. Having wrestled the opposition to the ground in the historic mandate this year, I am sure they will find a middle ground with its tantrum-throwing ally, the DMK led by the super … Continue readingDMK is demanding more than just its pound of flesh
It’s heartening to note that this Lok Sabha will comprise the maximum number of women members of parliament in history – 61. Statistics also reveal that women MPs in the past have outperformed men and also have a higher success ratio in elections. Does this … Continue readingGeneral elections showcase women of substance
Agreed his father Rajiv became the prime minister at 40 and he could at 38, but Rahul Gandhi should not only stay away from becoming the PM, but he should also avoid the pitfalls of being a Cabinet minister. Here is why… 1. Becoming a … Continue readingRahul Gandhi should not be in Cabinet
Now that the Congress-led alliance has made BJP’s LK Advani weep his way to political oblivion, will the shrewd economist in prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh assert himself a lot more like he did with the US nuclear deal and set right the anomalies in … Continue readingManmohanomics: Will it win over Recessionomics?
I am pleased as punch with this year’s election results. Take author and UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor’s 96,000 winning margin in Trivandrum? It’s fantastic and I thought he would have a tough fight and lose at the end. Take much maligned former cricketer Azharuddin’s victory … Continue readingA new era in Indian politics
I am mighty pleased that the Congress-led alliance (UPA) has defeated its harshest rivals – the BJP-led NDA by a fantastic margin of over 100 seats! What’s more, these elections have also routed the Left parties which are against globalisation. This is a stupendous achievement … Continue readingSecularism wins over fundamentalism. Jai ho!
Everything you wanted to know about Voter Registration, but didn’t know whom to ask… This piece talks about our inability to voice concerns, campaign for what is right and ensure healthy governance through the power to vote. I won’t dwell too much about why your … Continue readingVoting in the good, voting out the bad!
SUSHMA SWARAJ, the 56-year-old charismatic Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader known for her gift of the gab, is the machine gun-mouth of the political outfit. She was earlier a lawyer in the Supreme Court and later went on to become the youngest cabinet minister of … Continue readingSushma Swaraj loves fiction and poetry!
>Way back in 2000, Dr N Keerthi Raj (42) of Raj’s Astro Research Centre in Jayanagar predicted to this writer that then Chief Minister S M Krishna will face opposition and resultant downfall after 3 years. His prediction came true. Here are the other things … Continue reading>India will have its youngest woman Prime Minister, says astrologer
Okay, the suspense is over. So it’s the Al Qaida who executed Benazir Bhutto! Looks like Osama’s deputies have taken over from him as this operation points out (his deputy ordered her killing according to Al Qaida’s spokesperson). Killing one Osama isn’t going to do … Continue readingThe hand of Al Qaida!
Assassination of any prominent political leader chills me to the bone. Not because I fear for my life. But because it’s such a chilling scenario. The moment my friend called to inform that former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, I was shocked. Not … Continue readingBhutto assassination!
If you’ve read Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole series of books, you will know where I am coming from. Her works are a series of diary jottings maintained by a boy who is aged 13 3/4th years… her later books talk about his notings in his … Continue readingThe Amazing Diary of Indian Mole Aged 11
The first of the opinion polls is upon us, this time initiated by the Malayala Manorama Group’s The Week magazine. ‘Modi wins, lotus wilts!’ reads the screaming headline that prides itself on bringing the results of an exclusive Gujarat election survey. The kicker headline goes … Continue readingBan opinion polls
For films that should never have been made, there’s the Raspberry awards. For inventions that should never ever be attempted, there’s the Ig Nobel awards. To outsmart the ‘videsis’, our ‘desi’ bhai log at Filmfare decided to hand out awards to real life heroes and … Continue readingDubious distinctions of 2007
Ekta Kapoor and her counterparts like Dheeraj Kumar and Aruna Irani seem to be intent on saffronising television. Pick any soap on Sony, Star Plus or Zee, and you will see some or the other pooja being telecast into drawing rooms across the country. Agreed, … Continue readingSaffronisation of Indian television
There’s a looming threat of misinformation in the Indian subcontinent. Most media houses are either run by businessmen with strong links to politicians or worse, run by the kurta-clad themselves. If it was a covert operation earlier, today the ownership is out in the open. … Continue readingWeapons of mass distraction