Two things need to be said about this week’s Cabinet reshuffle. The first is that it was an exercise in spectacularly inept political timing. It is bizarre to shift the country’s home minister at a time when parts of Assam are still in flames and to replace him with a man who knows nothing about that situation and has never before held this portfolio. Read more
My favourite saying about Indian politics is that all logical analysis about our politics fails because there is no logic to Indian politics. That at least, is the excuse I use when I get things wrong – as I frequently do. (For instance, I was sure that A.B. Vajpayee was going to be re-elected and was startled when the Congress won.) Read more
What is the significance of the Congress Party’s decision to nominate Pranab Mukherjee as its Presidential candidate?
Several things, actually. Read more
How significant is the President of India – in political, rather than ceremonial, terms?
If you were to go by the tenure of the current incumbent: not very. Read more
Opinions will differ on the merits of Pranab Mukherjee’s budget. There will be those who will say that the finance minister has done the best job possible given how difficult the economic situation is. And there will be others who will argue that he has produced a pedestrian budget that is lacking in imagination. Read more
It is now almost an article of faith within the media that a) this is a very corrupt government and that b) its leaders lack the will or the inclination to fight corruption. Read more
Viewers of TV news channels will have noticed a slightly surreal political drama unfolding on their screens over the last week. Read more
Back when news TV first became a phenomenon, we heard many complaints about how the influence of TV would rob Indian politics of its gravitas. Read more
As far as I can tell, the official position of the government of India on the bugging of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s office appears to be that the Intelligence Bureau investigated the matter and found nothing. Read more