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India's Politics on the Eve of Independence Day

The nation celebrates its 69th Independence Day on August 15. This is the second time that Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurls the national flag at the historic Red Fort. This reminds me of his first appearance at the Red Fort as Prime Minister last year when he delivered a highly acclaimed speech from its rampart to spell out his vision of ‘Make In India’, ‘Digital India’, and ‘Clean India’. He announced scrapping of the Planning […]

Can Politicians ever be Honest

“Na Khaoonga, Na Khane Doonga,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently declared. Loosely translated, it meant the PM would not tolerate corruption at public offices and one of his cabinet ministers lauded his remarks saying it required “real guts” for the PM to make such public proclamations. Why can’t we have honest politicians? Consider a quote from Simon Cameron, who served as United States Secretary of War for Abraham Lincoln at the start of the American […]

Political History of India after Independence

I’m writing this blog at a time when India is going to celebrate its 68th Independence Day just a few days from now. While some say these are trying times for this one of the fastest developing countries in the world, others say it is the most opportune time for India to leap frog to higher circle of growth and development. While many Indians will celebrate the day by hopping from one shopping mall to […]

Change in Mindsets of Indian Politicians since Independence

The nation celebrates its 68th Independence Day on August 15. A couple of days back, the activists of a ‘swadeshi’ outfit vandalised three 200-year-old life size statues of Queen Victoria in a museum in Mathura, as they felt they were “symbols of British colonialism”. This makes me wonder whether our railway network is not a British legacy. What about our President’s House and India Gate? Aren’t they symbols of “British colonialism”? Every Independence Day, the […]

Politicians changing their parties Growing Trend in Indian Politics

Consider these facts: In Uttar Pradesh, as many as 19 defectors joined the BJP just before the Lok Sabha elections. In Bihar, five of the nine outsiders who were given party ticket by the BJP, won the seats. In Haryana, defectors to the BJP won four of the seven seats in the state. This election, Narendra Modi was right in his judgment of getting absolute majority. But wasn’t the numbers of defections to the BJP […]

Is caste based reservation right

Prescribed as a short-time palliative for the cancer of caste system, caste-based reservation has been used by well beyond its expiry date without compunction by politicians of all hues and stripes to further their sinister agenda of creating votebanks. Contrary to what they say, legislation does change people. Social messages tempered with the fear of law do gradually persuade people to shun practices, traditions, customs and rituals not conforming to the changing times. After all, […]

Abusive languages of politicians

In a parliamentary democracy, there are certain words that are regarded offensive and should be avoided by every politician. Not only in the parliament, it is expected that our leaders, especially those who assume public office, avoid making insensitive and offensive statements or remarks in public appearances too. However, our leaders don’t shy away from using un-parliamentary, inflammatory, or even abusive words now and then. This trend has assumed epic proportions in recent times. Politicians […]

Do our Politicians even understand the problem of Rape

Several cases of rape have been reported in several parts of India in the last couple of months, but what has caught the media and people’s attention has been a spate of irresponsible, insensitive and ill-timed statements from our own politicians. Take a look at some of the controversial responses from our leaders: Post the Shakti Mills rape incident in Mumbai, in the run-up to the election, Mulayam Singh Yadav spoke at a public rally […]



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