If the party’s success in using communal polarisation to build political support becomes the template for governance, the state and country are headed for dark days
Siddharth Varadarajan is a Founding Editor of The Wire. He was earlier the Editor of The Hindu and is a recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalist of the Year. He has taught Economics at New York University and Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, besides working at the Times of India and the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University.
It is evident that the ‘exit poll’ was part of a well-considered strategy to boost the prospects of the BJP in the UP elections. But who its authors are is still a mystery.
The editor of the newspaper’s website must not be made a scapegoat for an illegal act that was committed by others more powerful than him
Dealing with demonetisation aftereffects requires a fiscal and monetary boost, but the government appears to be in no mood to deliver it, for obvious reasons – the fiscal cushion that Narendra Modi’s brainwave was supposed to provide never materialised.
In a speech full of faulty economic reasoning, Modi made one factual claim – the number of Indians with official incomes greater than Rs 10 lakh is just 24 lakh. If demonetisation really works, he needs to up that figure substantially in the next two years.
In the fourth of a five part interview centred around his book, Choices, India’s former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon discusses India’s Sri Lanka policy.
In the third of a five-part interview centred around his new book on Indian foreign policy, Choices, the former national security adviser evaluates India’s Pakistan policy.
In the second of a five-part interview centered around his new book, “Choices”, former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon discusses the border issue with China and the role of the special representatives.
In the first of a five part interview centred around his book, Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy, India’s former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon discusses India’s no-first-use policy regarding nuclear weapons.
Over the years, Jayalalithaa perfected an idiom of governance that leveraged state-funded populism to fuel a cult of personality that had few parallels anywhere in India.
Looking back on the life of the Cuban communist and revolutionary and the astonishing impact he had on not just Cuba or Latin America but the whole world.
He was a public intellectual and man of letters who steered the Times of India through crucial periods in India’s history
Following the information minister’s advice of what is expected of people like me, and in keeping with the nationalist sentiments of our times, I am choosing to make a full confession about my relations with people from ‘that country’.
In his zeal to harvest political capital from the Indian army’s recent action targeting terrorists along the Line of Control in Kashmir, Modi has conveniently forgotten that the Israeli army’s ‘valour’ has been against people fighting foreign occupation.
“Our Army cannot be doubted or questioned or used for political gains,” channel staffers are told in an internal email.
The government can easily be more forthcoming about the surgical strikes. At a minimum, it should make public the information that Pakistan already has with it.
Military sources say small raids across the LoC have taken place in the past but the scale of the latest strikes and the fact that the government has chosen to speak about them have created a new situation. The Wire breaks it down.
The Indian response must be calm and measured, and must begin by establishing as complete a picture of the incident and its dramatis personae as possible.
This is the third interview Modi has given to the Indian media since he became PM and the pattern is clear. Either the PMO has very restrictive ground rules on what can and can’t be asked, or Indian journalism ain’t what it ought to be.
After warning of a ‘pink revolution’ in his election speeches, the prime minister now says the danger to cows come not from slaughter but from plastic.
The biggest loser is Modi himself, because he has squandered the opportunity for a course correction that his government, his party, and India badly need.
In the second part of his interview with The Wire, former foreign secretary Shyam Saran discusses why China acted the way it did at the NSG and what India can do about it.
In the first of a two-part interview, former foreign secretary Shyam Saran discusses India’s bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group with Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire.
CTBTO head Lassina Zerbo explains why he has convened a foreign minister-level conference of CTBT member states and key holdouts for June 13.
This is the first bilateral visit by an Indian prime minister since 1986.
India must be held accountable for the commitments it made in 2005, when the nuclear deal with the United States was first struck, and not for the sins of others.
Readers unfamiliar with what happened in Gujarat at the time might be forgiven for believing the Gulberg society convictions are the result of Modi’s ceaseless quest for justice. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The latest assembly election results– Assam to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kerala to the Left, and the return of Mamata Banerjee and J. Jayalalithaa in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu – can hardly be considered a “referendum” on the performance of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre […]
The Pakistani side thinks it has scored a major diplomatic triumph by getting an Indian man to confess to espionage and subversion, the Indian side dismisses the charges as baseless. Where does the truth lie?
“Of the 99 names of Allah, none stand for force and violence,” said Modi. Of the 66 names in his cabinet, however, at least one does: Ram Shankar Katheria, and the PM is doing nothing about it.
“PTI will always be independent of political parties. I’ll be damned if I am going to compromise on this,” says Hormusji N. Cama, chairman of the news agency’s board.
Times Now has accused The Wire of running a “factually inaccurate” story about the showing of a doctored video on the channel. The charge is laughable.
From fabricating a case to resorting to violence and peddling forged ‘evidence’, all those who have worked to ruin a young life must be brought to account.
Eight takeaways from Bihar’s stunning election result
Forget about your right to eat what you want. The fight is now over your right to not be killed for what you eat.
Mahesh Sharma’s utterances about Muslims, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and other matters are not casual off-the-cuff remarks; they have to be seen in the context of the guidance provided by the RSS to the government
What makes the axis between the government and the RSS so problematic is not just its extra-constitutionality but the sheer incompatibility of the sangh and its ideology with a democratic, inclusive polity and society
Sadly, the Modi government allowed itself to lose sight of why it had wanted to hold talks about terror in the first place.
After fits and starts, the government has chosen the path of dialogue. It should not allow itself to be sidetracked now.
Come August 15, and India’s airwaves are full of patriotic film songs—from the stirring anti-colonial Ai Vatan, Ai Vatan, Hum Ko Teri Qasam, picturised on Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his comrades, and war-related tearjerkers like Ai Mere Watan Ke Logon to rousing anthems for the temples of modern India like Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein, complete […]