I find myself flayed on certain (happily, not all) TV channels for escorting a virtually life-long friend (who has attended all the weddings in my family, and with whom I routinely stay in Lahore) at a time when, to the deep concern of all of us, including Khurshid, sentence has been pronounced on Kulbhushan Jadhav
Last year, an exhibition on Black History Month at University College London, which likes to claim Gandhi as an alumnus, included the Mahatma in its list of illustrious black students. Nothing sinister was intended: Gandhi was being celebrated as a distinguished black former student. One wonders what Gandhi himself would have made of the honour.
I have no doubt in my mind that the situation has been allowed to go from bad to worse while the rest of India remains in denial. Our indifference to the continued violence in the Valley and the loss of precious human lives there is a matter of great concern.
The controversy on EVM (Electronic Voting Machine) tampering has actually taken the focus away from an older, more urgent issue of voter privacy and the flaws in the present system of counting votes - an issue that's got little public debate, but is being heard by the Supreme Court.
When either the BJP or the Congress is in government, it is all set to "Go" for GST. When in opposition, the same party and same political leaders "Slow" GST. It has been the smaller parties in the middle that have tried to take a constructive approach to GST.
The Chinese have fallen right into Modi's trap. They got increasingly hot and bothered each time the Dalai Lama came into the public eye. As he prepares to travel to Tawang from Bomdila, Beijing has even threatened a downgrading of the bilateral India-China relationship.
When I told Kishori Tai of the many moods her music evoked, she dismissed my romantic waffling with a sharp "But you just said you don't know classical music or how to recognize ragas, what moods are you talking about?" An even more biting question followed: "How will you interview me if you don't know classical music well?"
Ahead of Thursday's summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Trump administration is engaged in a relatively conventional process involving interagency teams debating the messaging, policies and priorities for the U.S.-China relationship. But separate and above that operation sits a key channel for high-level interactions between the White Hou...
Would Atal Bihari Vajpayee have appointed Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh? Asking such a question is not a mindless exploration of the "Ifs" of history, but one way of assessing where we stand today in relation to the evolution of the Hindutva right in the shaping of our polity.