Each move Modi made awed us, even when he spewed venom. We were too ready, too eager to legitimise everything he did.
Adityanath’s appointment is his latest move. The task before us will now be to find virtue in what has been done.
At the moment of his resounding success, Modi has also deepened a fault-line for the Indian state.
People suffered but voting may have been driven less by anger over the damage to immediate economic interests than by their belief that a ‘decisive’ Modi would make them better off in the long run.
Cross-examining Jaitley was former law minister Ram Jethmalani who asked at least 50 direct questions to Jaitley.
BJP functionaries have blamed ‘vested interests’ for the allegations of sexual harassment against the former governor, saying he was targeted for his ‘anti-conversion work’.
A former transport secretary L.K. Joshi-led committee had termed the cancellation of 26 allotments as unjustified and had recommended the urban development ministry to withdraw the cancellation.
In an explosive interview, the former BJP leader Arun Shourie hits out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Institutional feebleness and political imperfections have given the prime minister the upper hand.
India already possesses a sufficient arsenal of fission weapons. Signing the CTBT now would lead to diplomatic gains and strengthen its case for NSG membership.
The former union minister discusses his motives for leading a civil society delegation to the Valley and how peace can be achieved.
Former bureaucrat E.A.S. Sarma is deeply critical of ministers, who by celebrating lavish weddings, are failing to set an example for the people at a time when money is hard to come by.
A reporter recalls her interactions with the late Jayalalithaa, including the chief minister’s encounter with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee over the Cauvery issue.
In an interview with The Wire, D. Raja talks about the need for electoral reforms, BJP’s varying stance on FCRA when it came to the funding of NGOs and political parties and more.
The prime minister’s appeal to ignore temporary hardship in lieu of a better post-demonetisation tomorrow has resonated with the public, but it remains to be seen how long this support will last.
Are we heading towards an authoritarianism that curbs our freedom to spend our own money?
Demonetisation aims to eradicate black money, but the move deflects attention from the core issue to a dramatic action that may fail to tackle the problem.
Banning cow slaughter is a goal of the RSS and this has led to the emergence of hundreds of groups that go around attacking Dalits and Muslims.
The prime minister would do well to ponder over the Constitutional relationship between the Union of India and Kashmir and use that a starting point
After the Kargil war in 1999, the brass had opposed attempts by the Sangh parivar to use the army for political purposes.
Sources said that Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan are also going to keep off the summit, thus ensuring that blame for the event’s postponement does not fall on India alone.
The separatists were not born separatist. What drove very many Kashmiris over to the other side were our policies, postures and pretensions, and “our” politicians and their arrogance and aberrations.
Academics are worried that NBT’s decision to discontinue printing Chandra’s book, Communalism- A Primer, signals an authoritarian regime settling in.
The NCW chief described his article as “objectionable and obnoxious”, while the opposition has demanded his dismissal from the party.
The all-party delegation begins its Srinagar visit today. But they won’t be talking to the Hurriyat, the only political force that appears to have legitimacy in the Valley.
Suhail Naqshbandi and Mir Suhail, reflect the painful life of Kashmiris today with incisive cartoons replete with dark humour.
Rural and semi-urban Gujarat remains a site of extensive and elaborate social discrimination. The only thing new about the Una violence is that it became available on social media and provoked a national hue and cry.
Where Chanakyan statecraft recommends a mix of approaches to dealing with a problem, the Modi government’s only response has been “dand”, or punishment.
Barack Obama is seeking to boost his legacy, but his plan will see some resistance from the Republicans. India, meanwhile, has chosen not to frame a position until the draft resolution is on the table.
The former Pakistan ambassador to the US discusses the Kashmir issue, India-Pakistan relations and the struggle for lasting peace.
In India’s Long Road, Vijay Joshi takes his reader on an insightful journey through seven decades of economic history, pointing out what went wrong and how it could be made right.
By drawing even closer to the United States and signing binding agreements, India is giving up years of carefully calibrated balance in its foreign policy.
Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, a four-time CPI(M) legislator from Kulgam, speaks to The Wire about the problems in Kashmir and how the process of diffusing the crisis could begin.
Burhan Wani was a homespun militant who became one because of the humiliations waged on him and many Kashmiris by the police.
As in Blair’s Britain, the official culture in India is for the military, bureaucracy and intelligence community to tailor their views to those they believe the political leadership wants.
The countries are far beyond poised for partnership as matters stand today. Perhaps a more apt title could have been Poised for Alliance, which would be eye-opening and more forward-looking.
In this exclusive interview, K.N. Govindacharya speaks about Narendra Modi, Hindutva and his plans for a new framework for India’s Constitution.
Ram Bahadur Rai’s dismissal of the Constitution is not new, what is new is his attack on Ambedkar.
The party high command has perfected the art of blowing hot and cold with opposition leaders based on their current usefulness. The most glaring example of this, of course, is the way the Gandhi family has been targeted.
Not many people have had such an opportunity to serve their country. When weighed in the balance of real life achievements, Mishra’s, to paraphrase a Chinese saying, are heavier than Mount Tai. Swamy’s will always remain lighter than a feather.
As 72,000 more people in Assam join the ranks of ‘declared foreigners’ on the eve of the state’s elections, the issue of ‘illegal foreigners’ has reared its head once again, leaving the fate of the Bengali community of the Barak Valley – both Hindu and Muslim – uncertain.