Category Archives: Op Ed

Sep 15, Remembering AnnaDurai

eptember 15, 2009 marks the birth centenary of one of the greatest sons of Tamil Nadu, Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai or Anna as he is affectionately known. He was a statesman, a scholar, a litterateur, a social reformer, a mass leader, a friend of the poor, a writer, an actor, a playwright, a poet, a satirist, a politician and above all a good human being.

Today, September 15, 2009 marks the birth centenary of one of the greatest sons of Tamil Nadu, Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai or Anna as he is affectionately known. He was a statesman, a scholar, a litterateur, a social reformer, a mass

Hey Ram, the Things the Financial Times Group Does!

Things are at a bad pass for the Indian far right. Its political party, the BJP, is in disarray. At their last “chintan baithak,” (introspection meeting) in Simla, the leadership went at each other for their poor showing in the

Partition And The Fantasy Of A Masculine State

Human beings have lived with states for millennia. There were even republican states in ancient times. Nation states are new; they came into their own in 17th-century Europe. Today, all states are not nation states, but most states are. European

What Shah Rukh Khan should learn from Kalam

A celebrity is blessed with good fortune in many ways. A reporter, for instance , has to search for news. A celebrity merely has to look into the mirror. Such self-obsession requires sensational amorality and phenomenal lack of judgment. Ordinary,

New faces of an old terror Camp

Godse and Companions, India's first terror gang

EIGHT ATTEMPTS were made on Mahatma Gandhi’s life before the final one on January 30, 1948 was successful. Yet public discourse is reluctant to acknowledge that the first act of terror perpetrated on independent India’s soil stemmed from a determined

Counter Terrorism guide by Gnani

Every channel worth its TRP has started a movement against terror in India. They declare during every alternate commercial break that, we the people won’t tolerate terror anymore; we will stop it. We won’t allow it to happen anymore. We

Your House, My House: Batla House

As rain eludes like a miracle which must never happen and the heat moves like a snake inside the poisoned intestines of modernity’s bad faith, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has yet again sprinkled salt on festering wounds. And

Shape up or ship out

‘Today she (India) swings blindly between a blind adherence to her old customs and a slavish imitation of foreign ways. In neither of these can she find relief or life or growth. We have to think in terms of people

where would you rather be arrested? India or China?

Peter Foster was formerly the Daily Telegraph’s South Asia Correspondent based New Delhi from 2004-2008. He later moved to Beijing in March 2009. In a recent article published in Telegraph, he shares his experience about human rights abuses in India

Only affirmative collective action can save India

Despite aggressive “Go out and vote” campaigns and thousands of Mumbaikars thronging Mumbai roads to express their anger at 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the voter turn-out in Mumbai actually decreased rather than going up. It is easy to blame the middle-class