I’ve spent the last 1.5 months writing a 5-part election series for the Indian Express, called “Vikas Vote”. I travel to constituencies across India which have seen big improvements in one development indicator each. I ask if that is translating into votes? The links are given below. Part 1: HEALTH in Hazaribagh (Jharkhand) Part 2: NREGA…
In today’s Indian Express, I’ve written this piece on Narenda Modi and the 2002 Gujarat riots
I guess this recent piece of reportage of mine, for the New York Times – India Ink, falls in the “Other Things” category of this blog. Though it does chronicle how the formidable Patrika newspaper is using Public Interest Litigation and Right to Information Petitions as part of its activist arsenal.
In this article in today’s Indian Express I argue that the courts are not the answer to bringing about CBI autonomy. The initiative has to come from Parliament.
Here is my obituary of Justice Verma in today’s The Indian Express. (This is the another link). Express also carried this obituary by Soli Sorabjee and another by Seema Chishti
In this article in today’s Indian Express, I argue that the recent Supreme Court judgment in the Novartis’ case is very much pro-innovation, but tries to weed out marketing gimmicks from patent protection. This blog has previously dealt with the issue here
My piece in The Indian Express a couple of days ago on controversy over Modi speaking (then not) at Wharton. I argue that those against Modi speaking misunderstood the role of a university.
In this op-ed in today’s Indian Express, I add my own perspective on the promotion quota bill. Among other things, I argue that (a) there is no comprehensive data that conclusively establishes under-representation of Dalits in the senior bureaucracy, and (b) more importantly: even if there is under-representation, discrimination is not the only explanation for…
I wrote in yesterday’s The Indian Express on Balasaheb Thackeray. Im sure the arrest of two bloggers today will attract this blog’s attention.
In the latest episode of Barkha Dutt’s ‘We the People’, I argue that the Anna Hazare movement is driven by the urban middle-class, and this is reflected in the peculiarities of the Jan Lok Pal Bill. I also argue that the ideal Lok Pal must be one who is not ‘all-powerful’ (i.e. a sitting PM,…