Ravi Shankar

Nationalist economics rises from rural India

Poverty and politics are as inseparable as the Congress party and the Gandhi family.

19 Mar 2017

Kejri must rediscover himself to stay relevant

Prophets are frighteningly tragic figures. Like 15th century Florentine Renaissance  preacher Girolamo Savonarola, they call down the wrath of god on the corrupt and the decadent.

12 Mar 2017

Intolerance of liberals in nationalist dilemma

Considering Attila tolerant is as historically heretical as comparing Swami Vivekananda to a Jesuit.

05 Mar 2017

In UP, karma and dharma will segue to create a new tabula rasa

At Pappu’s tea shop and at such adis, political polarisation is sharper than the lemon brew served in short glasses.

01 Mar 2017

In Modi’s fiefdom, Congress’ dreams are in tatters

The alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress is under seige from the indomitable Modi juggernaut.

28 Feb 2017

Lalu’s invective against Modi, Shah doesn’t enthuse crowd

Lalu, familiar in a blue sweater and white mop of hair, is undoubtedly given to rustic humour which made his reputation.

28 Feb 2017

Passively defiant, Yogi Adityanath likely to prove a point to BJP in Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur is the undisputed fiefdom of five-time MP Yogi Adityanath whose spiritual connect with the BJP is tempered with realpolitik.

27 Feb 2017

Robbed of own history, Congress faces a blank

Microquakes are indicative of macro faultlines in political geography.

26 Feb 2017

Without police reforms, powerful own the truth

Justice is blind. The enforcers of justice, however, are cockeyed. Over a decade after the 2005 bombings in Delhi in which 67 died, the court acquitted two men last week, lamenting that the prosecutio

19 Feb 2017

Bring home India’s king of bad times

James the First, who ruled England when the East India Company landed in India, was the original king of the good times.

12 Feb 2017

The simplicity of being partisan is frightening

Trump’s America is no longer the Land of the Carefree.

05 Feb 2017

Donald ducks America’s deadliest enemy

Donald Trump’s theme song of xenophobia is full of cantos of contradictions.

29 Jan 2017

The new beast of unity is the symbol of fury

The contradiction is that the organisation is selective in its compassion towards animals. Especially towards those under its care.

22 Jan 2017

Culture over mercy is sporting spirit’s victory

When Virat Kohli hits the ball into the stands, India stands up and cheers.

15 Jan 2017

To counter the dragon, Read Confucius

China’s support to Masood Azhar is unabashed endorsement of terror when Indian security agencies are doing surgical strikes against militant modules.

08 Jan 2017