Inder Malhotra


Inder Malhotra

Walls of stone

No one can possibly dispute that the last year of the first decade of the 21st century has been India’s year of unending scams, scandals and shame.

Gift of the grab

To speak of a tsunami of scams in India today would be palpably wrong. However disastrous a tsunami’s long-term effects, it is essentially a brief phenomenon.

The dollar influence

ON ONE point there cannot be an iota of doubt. No one in the United States ever tries to capture polling booths, to snatch away electronic voting machines or to stuff the ballot boxes when an odd state opts for paper ballots. No one attempts to intimidate the voters, leave alone prevent them from exercising their franchise. Nor for that

A pie in the sky

IF INDIA has been jubilant over US President Barack Obama’s visit, an important reason is his virtually unqualified endorsement of Indian quest for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council that is a departure from the previous American position. A typical reaction to it in the world media was that the US president had given a “push” to India’s “ambition”. How long will it take for the ambition to be fulfilled is the question, and on this opinions vary widely.

Israel’s hubris vs the world

PERHAPS BECAUSE of too many competing events — America’s bitterly-fought mid-term election amidst parlous economy; US President Barack Obama’s coming visit to India, the Association of Southeast Asian

Ready for Obama?

Over the last two weeks Washington has witnessed a virtual procession of Indian ministers and senior officials, all of them anxious to clinch as many outstanding issues as possible in order to make US

Cabinets & cohesion

TO NOBODY’S surprise, the media has played up Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s claim, during his recent interaction with editors, that his government has functioned with “greater cohesion than any othe

Dynasty & democracy

SONIA GANDHI’S unopposed re-election as Congress president was a foregone conclusion from the word go.

Let’s define azadi

IN Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort there was one significant offer to the people of Jammu and Kashmir which those Kashmiri leaders that are no

100 degrees in J&K

THE FIRST thing to be said about Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah’s meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other members of the Union Cabinet’s Committee on Security is that it s

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