About Vir Sanghvi

Vir Sanghvi was editor of the Hindustan Times from 1999 to 2004 when he was appointed editorial director. He writes the Counterpoint and Rude Food columns and is a well-known television presenter.

So, it looks like it is goodbye to India for MF Husain. His son Owais has confirmed that Husain will surrender his Indian passport and accept citizenship of Qatar. The other stories have yet to be confirmed: that Husain has already begun travelling on a Qatari passport; that the Qatar royal family will spend millions on a museum for him, etc. [Read more]

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Last month an 11-member hit team dispatched by Israel’s Mossad travelled to Dubai and assassinated Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas military commander and number one on Israel’s list of most wanted terrorists.

Al-Mabhouh was clearly an unsavoury character, one of the founders of Hamas’s military wing, an abductor and murderer of Israeli soldiers and an organiser of terrorist attacks on civilians. [Read more]

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Early in his first term, when Manmohan Singh was more accessible to the media and more willing to discuss issues with those whose views were different from his, the prime minister outlined what he hoped would be his government’s policy on Pakistan. [Read more]

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Two interesting things about Bal Thackeray that you may not know. One: in 1966 when the Shiv Sena first exploded on the scene, Indira Gandhi had only just become the Prime Minister of India and Rajiv Gandhi was yet to marry Sonia Maino. Of today’s senior leaders, Pranab Mukherjee was a young academic who had not even joined the Congress. Sharad Pawar had not yet been elected to the state assembly. In that sense, Bal Thackeray is probably the most senior of all active politicians in India today. [Read more]

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A couple of days before the Padma awards were to be announced, The Indian Express reported that Sant Chatwal, the controversial NRI hotelier, was on the list. The Express listed Chatwal’s colourful background (a brief stint in jail in 1997, two charge-sheets, bank fraud cases etc.) and expressed surprise at his inclusion. [Read more]

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