January 2012

SEEDS OF DYSTOPIA

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It has not snowed like this in Davos for sixty years. As the world’s business and political royalty descended on the Swiss Alpine ski resort for their annual pilgrimage last week, they could have been forgiven for being lulled into a relaxing turpor by the pristine white blanket and the sheer natural beauty surrounding them. […..]

GENERAL DISARRAY

Honour is a funny word, an abstract concept that can mean anything based on the context. Old soldiers will tell you that when it really comes down to it, they fight and die more for the honour of their regiment or unit than for other highfalutin ideals such as mere patriotism. Other men also kill […..]

DYNASTIES APART

For generations of Indians used to bemoaning the dynastic culture in our politics, this year’s Republican primaries in the United States are eye-opening in more ways than one. In an election where every candidate seems to be vying with each other to look crazier than the other, for the Tea Party vote, one rather under-reported […..]

RIDGING THE KNOWLEDGE GAP

Manmohan Singh

As the political season in Delhi shifts focus from Anna Hazare to the assembly elections, the Prime Minister’s traditional speech at the Indian Science Congress last week was more revealing than most on the underlying reasons for the real disappointment with the Manmohan Singh-era. Lauding the best and brightest of Indian science, the Prime Minister […..]

2012 AND ITS QUESTIONS

Will 2012 be a better year for India than 2011? As the new year dawns, the big question, in political terms for us as a nation, is whether the next twelve months will bring with them a refreshing change of turn from the depressing year of drift, indecision and dissatisfaction that 2011 turned into? Predicting […..]