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So Many Political Vibrations Romesh Thapar RAJIV GANDHI will soon be into a new ball game. His aides might try to concoct all kinds of superficial theories to explain away the election debacle in...
IT doesn't make sense. Whatever persuaded Rajiv Gandhi to behave like a naughty school boy and cover himself with blatant lies and openly contradictory statements in parliament. The flouting of...
IF our non-functioning MPs are so distracted by the forthcoming bunch of state elections that it is difficult to round them up to establish a minimum quorum in parliament, president Giani Zail Singh...
The Jungles of Today Romesh Thapar WE are on the edge of what are bound to become prolonged nuclear dialogues between India and Pakistan. Boastfully, the Pakistani, scientists, Dr Ali Khan, in his...
Our Non-Working Parliament Romesh Thapar OUR non-working parliament is in session. Non-working, because it seldom has a quorum of even ten per cent of the members in both houses. Of course, these...
will be persuaded to inspect better-smelling A Banana Republic? pockets of achievement Romesh NO one really knows what's going on. Speculation on the future of the Barnala government shifts from day...
whitewash is more brazen than is generally Punjab's Moment of Truth expected. Romesh THERE are many persons of integrity who are trying to bridge the gulfs that threaten to paralyse Punjab, but it...
Under-Developed War Games Romesh Thapar SO many senior officers have been 'briefing' the editors of our newspapers that our establishment nucleariser, K Subramanian, finds himself reduced to an...
Confusion upon Confusion IN his more confident days, the former finance minister, Vishwanatha Pratap Singh, used to say that the business community in India was a-rootless thing without any clear...
foreign scribe, had that intangible thing called a mind and had popularised and won support for the purposes of their governance, it would still be possible to forgive an occasional ill-mannered...
Living in Wonderland Romesh Thapar 'SHARDA KA PRASAD', that's how the vulgar describe the 60-lakh jamboree of the 'finest minds' mounted by the information aide, Y Sharda Prasad, in memory of Indira...
New Beginnings Romesh Thapar IF the newspapers look dull and despairing, with their daily recital of our violence and brutality to one another, it is necessary to look beyond this reportage. Several...
They are dependent on the office boys of the PM's secretariat who sit on decisions and refuse to get into the tangles of co-ordination. What does it matter if we have created a jungle of interest...
Electioneering Has Begun Romesh Thapar OUR dynastic prime minister who was well advised to avoid the hustings during the election contests in Punjab and Assam, if only to prevent a further...
The Making of Leadership Romesh Thapar NOTHING is more infuriating than the political prattle around the theme, "But, then, what is the alternative?" A democratic party or combination of parties...
All This Getting Together Romesh Thapar WHAT is Rajiv Gandhi trying to do? He finally persuaded himself, despite the presence of that mischief-maker, Fotedar, that he must be allied to Farooq...
A Damaged 'Image' Romesh Thapar IF Rajiv Gandhi cannot oersuade India to heighten its determination to live with terrorist outrages and fails to work out political and economic initiatives that have...
Political Speculations Romesh Thapar ONCE again, speculation is widespread about the future of the Congress party. As always, it is encouraged by a whimsical dynastic leadership and by the lack of...
Smaller States? Romesh Thapar WE watch the growing confrontation in Darjeeling and its neighbourhood with increasing despair Admittedly, Subhas Ghising, 'the failed novelist', is not a serious or...
India: The Crisis of a System Romesh Thapar THE attempt to understand India in simplistic equations is attractive, but it is fraught with many dangers. Take your pick of easy analysis. Our Planning...
Mother and Son Romesh Thapar WE'VE been thinking about the eight meaningless Cabinet reshuffle. The pro- moting and demoting of the ministerial team is so reminiscent of the days of Indira Gandhi...
Changing Balance of Power Romesh Thapar I HOPE our Foreign Office is sensitive to the vibrations of the Gorbachev-Reagan meeting. We tend to took upon these events as part of a rather superficial...
This Security Business Romesh Thapar WHATEVER persuades us that an alert and effective security system is possible in a sea of casualness and inefficiency? Every comment from all parts of the...
Backwards All... Romesh Thapar FRANKLY, and particularly after the penetration of the security system at Raj Ghat by a wayward character, I think the time has come for our dynamic PM, Rajiv Gandhi,...
Irresponsible or Loutish? Romesh Thapar ARE we going to sit around and permit Rajiv Gandhi to treat the developing crisis over 'Gorkhaland' as if it were another petty quarrel in his political...
Playing Government-Government Romesh Thapar BY the looks of it, there is a fierce competition in simplistic talk. The National Integration Council, with the PM chairing and chief ministers attending...
A Sampling of Dynamic Leadership Romesh Thapar INDIA and Pakistan should never hurl charges at each other about 'bungling', 'inefficiency', 'contrary statements' and horrendous delays'
We Are Guilty Many Times Over Romesh Thapar PEOPLE all around the world, including the law-abiding Brits, have learned to live with the rowdies in their midst, sprinkled with drug fiends,...
Aberrations at Every Level Romesh Thapar ONLY the day before desh ka neta Sethi penetrated the sanctums of the P and T in the Capital for a violent confrontation, I was going through the ordeal of...
Money Power Manipulates the State Romesh Thapar EVEN as this benighted land is burning up with angers and alienations which have to be tackled with sensitivity and courage, we are witnessing a most...
The Changes Under Way Romesh Thapar VIEWING India from some ten thousand miles, where the legendry newspapers hardly touch upon events in our part of the world (yes, even daily killings matter...
A Commonwealth for What? Romesh Thapar SOON, the so-called Commonwealth will be gathering again for a limited confabulation in London. The whole exercise is increasingly shot through with...
'Codes' and Behaviour Patterns Romesh Thapar AT every level codes of conduct are being flaunted by the politicians and their hangers- on, conscious and conscious. You would think that this benighted...
Crucifying India Romesh Thapar EVERY now and then, I think it is necessary to distance ourselves from the disarray that represents a crucification of our federal polity. It is based on the most...
The Complexity of the Crisis Romesh Thapar THE gloom is all-pervading. Rajiv Gandhi and his coterie are clueless about what is to be done in a politically fratricidal situation. We had earlier...
Congress Thrusts and Contradictions Romesh Thapar OUR future seems to be in the lap of the gods. The politicians are playing the fool with each other, talking in term of high principles about...
The Problem Is Wider Than Punjab Romesh Thapar THE month of June is fated to become tension-ridden for Punjab. Soon, despite all the claims of Akali factions, the jathedars will have to decide...
The Revolution of the Crazies Romesh Thapar THE thought docs occur that all our brain- waving and political theorising is reduced to dust by the antics of the crazies of various communities. If...
Reshuffling in Whose Aid? Romesh Thapar WHOEVER thought of Buta Singh, a much condemned 'tankhiya' (whatever that might mean, but condemned nevertheless!), as Union Home Minister. How does Chief...
What Are the Politicians Up To? Romesh Thapar DONT talk of ideologies or programmes, of productivity or poverty, of commitments to the people, Focus your attention on the Vote banks'. Then you will...
Waiting for God Knows What Romesh Thapar I HOPE the action by the security forces against the militants in the Golden Temple, now calling for Khalistan, will open the way to some normalisation in...
Let's Talk about Hindu 'Fundamentalism' Romesh Thapar EVERY now and then we are reminded that the press is deliberately unresponsive to the new 'ball game' that our young rulers are embarked upon...
 Calcutta Diary AM YOU will be told not to be amazed at the infinite sustaining power of the Congress party: like Paul Robeson's ol' man river, it will roll on and on, splits and expulsions and...
From Cow-Shit to Bull-Shit Romesh Thapar THE 'thrust' into the twenty-first century is beginning to look very much like a movement from cow-shit to bull-shit. Why is it bull-shit? Because our very...
No Integration without Integrity Romesh Thapar THERE is a sense of satisfaction, at least beyond the Arun Nehru sphere of influence, that Rajiv Gandhi is beginning to listen to the Opposition and...
The' Dinosaurs' to the Rescue Romesh Thapar WHY is it that it always needs the rumblings of an earthquake to stir our rulers into action. Once this applied only to the states of the Union. Now it...
Punjab at Stake, and More Romesh Thapar PAROCHIAL, short-sighted politicking, backed by every type of vicious violence is slowly suffocating the spirit of Punjab. Even as a confused Barnala is...
Calcutta Diary A M DOES not all this seem allegorical, the goings-on in that supposedly maximum security prison on the outskirts of the nation's capital? It is open city for killers, smugglers,...
Today's Power Scenario Romesh Thapar WHATEVER persuaded the newspaper editors in Delhi to give the international criminal, Charles Sobhraj, the hottest coverage ever seen? The 'escape' should not...
Dimensions of 'Open' Governance Romesh Thapar I NEVER thought that the time would come when the Judiciary would begin to lead us politically. This is actually happening at various levels. There was...
Fiddling, Fiddling, Fiddling. . . . Romesh Thapar THE newspapers are not a reliable guide to events in our sub-continent. This is becoming very apparent as we move from one startling development to...
The Congress Conspirators Romesh Thapar WHATEVER else Raja Vishwanath Pratap Singh may not have achieved in his budget- ting, he has at least demystified it. February 28 was always a day for stupid...
A 'Baba-Log' Government Romesh Thapar YES, a baba-log government
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