I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. When it comes to corruption and the public mood, this government – and perhaps the political class as a whole – just doesn’t get it. Read more

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On the self-evident grounds that you are probably as fed up as I am of hearing journalists hold forth on Anna Hazare and the middle-class awakening – and because this is supposed to be a media column – I thought I would take a break from the endless battle against corruption and the valiant efforts of Anna Hazare’s men and women to push their draft of the Lok Pal Bill through Parliament to focus on yet another middle-class awakening. Read more

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I hold no strong views on the respective merits of the competing lok pal bills. Perhaps Anna Hazare and gang are right and perhaps the government draft is useless. Read more

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Now that the Obamas have left India, two questions might usefully be asked about the progress of their visit. Read more

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I wrote last week about some of the arguments for and against increasing the salaries of members of Parliament. Since that blog was posted, there have been many developments, not all of them savoury. Read more

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The Union Cabinet decided on Monday to put off approving a hike in the salaries of MPs and ministers. Read more

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I grew up in the 60s and the 70s in a vaguely Lefty family. This was a time when the phrase ‘the ugly American’ was in common use, when the US was involved in unpopular exercises of its power (in Vietnam, for instance) and when the CIA was actively interfering in Indian politics (just because we exaggerated its influence, do not believe that the Agency was idle). Read more

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I can’t make up my mind about the Mahatma Gandhi pen marketed by Mont Blanc. On Monday, 3 May, the Supreme Court was assured that Mont Blanc had agreed to withdraw the pen. Read more

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Here is a scenario. Sachin Tendulkar drives his car at a relatively slow speed, into a tree. His wife, who is nearby because the accident takes place right outside their house, breaks the car window with a cricket bat and rescues him. Sachin is taken to hospital where he is treated for minor injuries and allowed to go home. Read more

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