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.

Shekhar Gupta, editor of The Indian Express, writes one of India’s most perceptive and readable political columns in the paper he edits. But for several weeks now, his column has been missing. Yesterday it returned to the pages of the Express with an explanation. It wasn’t just laziness that had kept him from writing, Shekhar explained. It was that politics had sunk into a morass of
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It started out as a vote to justify a moral stand. It ended up as the bonfire of parliamentary political morality. How long will it be before Indians can live down the spectacle of MPs brandishing wads of cash on the floor of the Lok Sabha? Those pictures, beamed all over the globe, have shamed the world’s largest democracy.The only thing that can be said with
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Unless you’ve spent the last month on the planet Mars, you’ll know what Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? is. The first episode was telecast on Star Plus on Friday and my guess is that it will be a huge hit.To appear on the show, you have to phone a number — which lakhs of people have done. If you make it to the first stage, you are interviewed by the producers in one of
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Somebody mailed me this joke at the beginning of last week. This is how it goes: a teacher asks all the boys in her class to stand up and say what their fathers do. The first boy gets up and says, “My dad is a lawyer; he goes to court and fights cases in front of a judge.” The second boy says, “My papa is a doctor. He goes to a hospital, wears a white coat and treats patients.”
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One of the perils of being a journalist is that people think you know everything. I am now used to being asked for my views on how UP will vote, how long the UPA government will last, whether inflation will be controlled and if a Cabinet reshuffle is imminent. In fact, as anybody who has been around journalists will tell you, we are usually the most ignorant persons in the
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