Category: Talking Points

Sardar Patel’s Secularism – Selected Extracts from Constituent Assembly Debates

Secularism - Sardar Patel

The recent exchange between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the BJP’s Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi on the issue of Sardar Patel’s legacy threw up an interesting polemic. In response to the Prime Minister’s barb on secularism, Narendra Modi argued that the Country would have been better served had it followed Sardar Patel’s Secularism over the … Continued

Disgraceful conduct of the Sharma brothers


Read Kishore Trivedi’s expose on the anti-national brothers Pradeep and Kuldeep Sharma and how they have come to epitomise everything that is amoral, corrupt and anti-national. From financial corruption to sleaze, the two brothers have covered all aspects of professional and personal misconduct.

Roads to nowhere


Eight years after it took off as a prominent signpost of India’s drive to be one of the world’s fastest growing economies, the National Highways Development Programme (NHDP) with its planned network of world-class highways and an investment of Rs.2,20,000 crore is a picture of missed deadlines, policy blips, red-tape, and most importantly, delayed economic … Continued

Narendra Modi basks in rockstar reception at Vibrant Gujarat


January 14, 2013 – Hindustan times Mukesh Ambani, India’s most powerful businessman and Asia’s second-richest person, would not ordinarily sit on a stage for three-and-a-half hours without access to a cellphone, but this was not just anybody’s event. Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, drew a rock star’s reception from the cream of India’s … Continued

A political encounter


The political and legal implications of the so-called letter bomb from IPS officer DG Vanzara seem to have put Modi’s political and media detractors in an overdrive.

Ishrat Jahan -an inconvenient truth


Sometime ago, the Supreme Court of India remarked that the CBI, country’s premier investigating agency was just a ‘caged parrot’. The apparent reference was to the constant misuse of CBI’s probing  powers to achieve political objectives. It would only be a cliché to state that the CBI under current UPA is suffering a severe credibility … Continued

Bihar VS. Gujarat – who’s winning?

  In an article published in a well-known magazine, it was said, that the hallmark of a great leader is not his oratory (which does attract followers temporarily), or his indulgence in rhetoric, or in his wise-cracks. The greatness of a leader lies in his being grounded and in offering a humble self to the … Continued

Intellectual hypocrites

Amarty sen

Article 19(1) of the Indian Constitution and its sub clauses – 19(1)(a) to 19(1)(g) provide for the freedom of speech and expression to all Indian citizens. Going by recent statements from some of our ‘wise’ individuals, it seems two new sub clauses need to be added with a special focus on our intellectual elite – … Continued

Shifting Goalposts

First Chapter (2002 elections) Modi took over the reins of Gujarat in the aftermath of 2001 earthquake with public confidence in the incumbent BJP government dwindling steadily. His first major political challenge was to restore the confidence of Gujarat electorate in his government, and win the state for his party in upcoming elections. In the … Continued

Uttar Pradesh and its Akhilesh Heel

In the summer of March 2012, when results were declared for elections in UP, there was an element of surprise and hope. The concerned citizen of India felt that Uttar Pradesh under a secular leader like Akhilesh Yadav  would change the dynamics of the state and he would be the light at the end of … Continued