Beyond Doklam, it’s really Digital India vs China

In the Fall of 2008, bang in the middle of those crazy days that are now dubbed as the global economic crisis, I interviewed British historian Niall Ferguson. When I asked him whether the global economic crisis marked the end of the "American Century", the counter-factual historian was dismissive. "I wouldn’t really believe in the … Continue reading Beyond Doklam, it’s really Digital India vs China

NITI Aayog new chief’s smooth U-turn on IMF

Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chair Niti Aayog. Pic: Livemint The new boss at NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar has set the swadeshi cats among the pigeons. Days after taking charge after the choreographed exit of economist Arvind Panagariya, Kumar hit out at the proverbial "foreign hand". He said the days of foreign-trained economists driving Indian policy were numbered, … Continue reading NITI Aayog new chief’s smooth U-turn on IMF

Galle Fort is not a ‘real’ city! So, why is it so much fun?

I have an issue with cities (or enclaves within cities) that exist solely for the purpose of tourism. Like Venice. For many, it's a once-in-a-lifetime place to visit, but I found Venice empty and boring (not so if you like sipping wine next to a smelly nalla.). There are no "normal" people, going to work … Continue reading Galle Fort is not a ‘real’ city! So, why is it so much fun?

Where the Swamy vs Chidambaram war all began

To mark the Modi sarkar's third anniversary of acche din -- which was feted by the country's business summit media -- the government laid out a day of "Raid Raj". Two key players in the Opposition -- Bihar politician Lalu Prasad Yadav and former Home Minister P. Chidambaram -- faced Income tax and Central Bureau of Investigation … Continue reading Where the Swamy vs Chidambaram war all began

Innocent Dangers of a post-Aadhaar World

It's heartening that we are having a roll-up-the-sleeves debate on Aadhaar, with views, counter-views being shared in the courts, media and elsewhere. For, whichever way this goes, history will record that India's civil society made a spirited attempt to tackle disturbing issues that affect us all -- the government's open defiance of the highest court of … Continue reading Innocent Dangers of a post-Aadhaar World