‘I love my face’, said Laxmi and none in the audience could disagree. Minutes before that, Laxmi and other acid attack survivors had literally mesmerised the audience with their poise and resolve. Read more

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Both are a challenge, accept it. The message is for the Congress leaders who despite their humiliating defeat in four states refuse to admit it. Read more

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It’s scary! The growing sense of insecurity is palpable amongst all. We can’t afford blasts and riots when the common man on the street is struggling to manage two square meals a day. But who is listening! Read more

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This happened on Sunday noon, while I was travelling from Jaipur to Lucknow via New Delhi. To my utter astonishment, I saw some people curiously looking at a tiny mouse that swiftly moved in the aircraft. Read more

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Perhaps there is one lesson for the political class to learn from the Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh. The administrators will have to keep politics away from governance. In simpler words they will have to initiate action against the culprits without going into their caste or the community.
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On August 15, when the young generation across India was listening to lectures on the responsibility they have to shoulder to drive away the ills that have stayed on even after 66 years of Independence, two politicians were publicly fighting over unfurling the flag in Mussoorie in Uttarakhand. Read more

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When will our politicians learn to behave? At a time when stranded pilgrims and their families are praying for help, politicians are engaged in a battle of one-upmanship. Read more

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I always thought Nitish Kumar, like Mulayam Singh Yadav, had an ear to the ground. But I have grown sceptic after watching last week’s developments in Bihar. Read more

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The outpouring over Narendra Modi has deluged all other issues, it seems. If you look at Modi’s elevation dispassionately, it is just a development that is having a cascading effect in his own party. Read more

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Every Environment Day I am reminded of my visit to Denver in the United States few years back. The day had begun with watching a spectacular ‘Green procession’ by the students and ended with a ‘Green dinner’ at somebody’s sprawling house. Read more

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