Opinion: The Big Change In This, Modi’s Fourth Speech – And Why

Opinion: The Big Change In This, Modi’s Fourth Speech – And Why

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Tuesday April 14, 2020

The Prime Minister emphasised that the decision to extend the lockdown came with the assent of - indeed, one might say at the behest of - state chief ministers. This follows ample publicity of his weekend meeting with Chief Ministers, as well as leaks and statements that they had asked for the extension.

Opinion: The Good And Ugly Of The Government's Economic Package

Opinion: The Good And Ugly Of The Government's Economic Package

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Friday March 27, 2020

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi first addressed the nation on March 19, he told us that a task force would be set up to deal with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It then took the government almost a week to come up with an economic relief package. This was not a positive beginning - the delay was mystifying, given that the expected effects on the I...

Opinion: Kejriwal Didn't Stand Up To Modi - He Side-Stepped Him

Opinion: Kejriwal Didn't Stand Up To Modi - He Side-Stepped Him

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Tuesday February 11, 2020

If the BJP's campaign has been one of open malice, the AAP's campaign has been no less damaging to India's soul. This is a victory of not just cowardice, but of submission to the BJP's core values.

Opinion: A 'Thalinomics' Budget - Dangers Include Youth Without Jobs

Opinion: A 'Thalinomics' Budget - Dangers Include Youth Without Jobs

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Saturday February 01, 2020

What we got in this Budget was not just 'pakodanomics', but 'thalinomics'. It was a mess of ideas, of mixed-up priorities - raising tariffs while insisting on creating more tradeable goods for exports, for example.

Opinion: Nirmala Sitharaman's Unenviable Job Is Being Made Harder

Opinion: Nirmala Sitharaman's Unenviable Job Is Being Made Harder

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Saturday January 11, 2020

When a photo emerged of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, surrounded by his senior officials including Home Minister Amit Shah, meeting with economists this week, the internet had only one question: where was Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman?

Opinion: The JNU Attack Shows What Should Alarm Us - And What Next

Opinion: The JNU Attack Shows What Should Alarm Us - And What Next

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Monday January 06, 2020

For some years now, a narrative has been consciously and maliciously built up by the establishment, its pliant plants in the mainstream media and its shock troops on social media and WhatsApp.

Opinion: Jharkhand Shows BJP May Be Coming Down With The Congress' Disease

Opinion: Jharkhand Shows BJP May Be Coming Down With The Congress' Disease

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Monday December 23, 2019

The BJP's hold on the map of India has shrunk. In 2017, after the party's spectacular victory in Uttar Pradesh and Nitish Kumar's return to the NDA, the political map of the country was swathed in saffron.

Opinion: 4 Ways The CAA Protests Have Already Been A Success

Opinion: 4 Ways The CAA Protests Have Already Been A Success

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Friday December 20, 2019

The CAB and the NRC together have opened up the nightmarish possibility that Muslims across India will be forced to prove their citizenship, and that they will have no recourse if they fail to do so.

Opinion: In Defense Of CAB, Amit Shah Can't Say What He Really Wants

Opinion: In Defense Of CAB, Amit Shah Can't Say What He Really Wants

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Thursday December 12, 2019

The BJP is faced with an odd dual responsibility: it must show its angry cadre that it can do in the bright light of day what they have for years have had to whisper in the darkness. They will only be satisfied when it is said, openly, that India has no place for more Muslims and that there are too many of them already, and that they should go to Pakistan. But the BJP...

Opinion: Karnataka Result Exposes Weakness Of A Ho-Hum Coalition

Opinion: Karnataka Result Exposes Weakness Of A Ho-Hum Coalition

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Monday December 09, 2019

With every victory, whether won at the polls or through subsequent backroom dealing, the BJP's advantage grows sharper. For the opposition, whether the Congress or regional parties, the threat is existential.

Opinion: New Chinks In BJP's Armour Exposed In Last Week

Opinion: New Chinks In BJP's Armour Exposed In Last Week

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Monday December 02, 2019

It was not the best of weeks for Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Two central planks of its all-conquering image were severely eroded: the notion that the economy is in safe hands with Modi in charge, and the idea that the BJP is some sort of unconquerable political juggernaut that can never be out-maneuvered by its opponents.

Opinion: Ayodhya Verdict A Moment Of Profound Political Change

Opinion: Ayodhya Verdict A Moment Of Profound Political Change

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Saturday November 09, 2019

The power of politics is to make what was once bitterly contested seem inevitable when it eventually comes to pass. Today, the Ram temple seems inevitable; but that is because of completeness of the victory of temple politics.

Opinion: Survival Tips For India's Opposition In The Modi Era

Opinion: Survival Tips For India's Opposition In The Modi Era

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Friday October 25, 2019

Remember: the Opposition did not win these elections. So it should not celebrate. It has a long, hard road back to relevance. But these elections show that if it thinks small, acts locally, and is responsive to those of its workers who have remained loyal, it may yet survive the Modi era.

Opinion: "New Order" Doesn't Like Nobel Winner Abhijit Banerjee's Advice

Opinion: "New Order" Doesn't Like Nobel Winner Abhijit Banerjee's Advice

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Tuesday October 15, 2019

There's a reason that economists like Sen and Banerjee were awarded the Nobel, and it's not because the Bank of Sweden wanted to anger the Indian right wing. The Economics Nobel is not a left-wing enterprise - quite the opposite. They were given prizes because of their careful study of issues related to poverty, welfare and growth. Nobody should imagine that they are ...

Opinion: The Impact Of "Howdy, Modi" On PM, Trump And NRIs

Opinion: The Impact Of "Howdy, Modi" On PM, Trump And NRIs

Mihir Swarup Sharma | Monday September 23, 2019

Will the obvious similarity in the two leaders' attitudes, their political orientation and their populist personas cause any of these non-resident Modi fans to stop for a moment and consider the contradictions of their own opinions? One wonders.