I think that diplomats who talk like army generals after retirement do nothing but burden people with retrospectively acquired wonky wisdom. Such specimens feeding on popular fears are on display these days on numerous television channels and newspaper columns. Read more

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Asif Ali Zardari is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has annulled the National Reconciliation Ordinance promulgated by Gen Pervez Musharraf to give the beleaguered PPP leader and a couple of hundred other politicians immunity from corruption charges. Read more

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Is small really beautiful? Is the creation of new States the road to good governance? How many more times must the map of India be redrawn to accommodate regional, ethnic and linguistic aspirations. Read more

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Political lexicons across the world have unique local flavors. India’s no exception. But I’m flummoxed when secular fundamentalists’ charge the Congress of practicing soft Hindutva. Those who confuse political tactics for ideology fail to see the wood for the trees.

The Congress’s consciously timid response to the Liberhan Commission’s report on the demolition of the Babri Mosque is no proof really of it having abandoned secularism as a way of doing politics. Read more

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