Rarely do civil servants stick their necks out to make powerful politicians accountable to law. That’s usually the stuff of which Bollywood scripts are made. Read more
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In Agra this weekend for some personal work, I risked visiting the Taj and Fatehpur Sikri with a friend. I’ve since returned home, almost convinced that in India we know not how to sell tourism. Read more
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Parliament is a forum for debate, not a boxing arena it threatened to become before the passage of the women’s reservation bill in the Rajya Sabha. But who’s to be blamed for the plummeting standards, the government or the Opposition? The Members or Presiding Officers? Read more

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“We feel Saudi Arabia, of course, has a long and close relationship with Pakistan. But that makes Saudi Arabia even a more of a valuable interlocutor for when we tell them about our experience, Saudi Arabia listens as somebody who is not in any way an enemy of Pakistan but a friend of Pakistan, therefore will listen with sympathy and concern to a matter of this nature.”

Can this statement of Shashi Tharoor during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Saudi Arabia be interpreted as invitation for third party intervention by Riyadh in Indo-Pak affairs? Read more

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