Paranjoy Guha Thakurta


Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is an educator and commentator

2½ cheers for Radia

The more one listens to the recorded conversations of Niira Radia talking to a variety of people, the more one realises her consummate skills in public relations, corporate communications, image manag

2G: Raja & beyond

Although the Chief Vigilance Commissioner P.J.

2G scam: Indecision & inaction

India’s biggest scandal relating to undervaluation and deliberate misallocation of a finite and scarce resource that belongs to the people of the country — that is, electromagnetic spectrum used for mobile telecommunications — is careening out of control as far as the Union government is concerned. Faced with a proactive

India’s existential moment

It was symbolism over substance. American President Barack Obama massaged our collective national ego by describing India as a power that was not just rising but one that had already risen.

A chink in Bihar’s glittering growth

The outcome of the Bihar Assembly elections will be known on November 24, but if opinion polls and conventional political wisdom are to be believed, there is a strong possibility that the Janata Dal (

A dim reality

The euphoria witnessed in certain circles about the state of the Indian economy is more than a bit disconcerting. Statistics are selectively highlighted, inconvenient facts are deliberately ignored and attempts are made to present a picture that is far rosier than what reality would warrant. The mood is perhaps truly reflective of the ongoing

The wheels of justice grind far too slowly

It is said that the arm of the law is long, that justice delayed is justice denied. It is also contended that the wheels of justice grind slowly.

Appointment and disappointment

The September 7 decision to appoint Polayil Joseph Thomas, one of the seniormost officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), as the Central Vigilance Co­m­missioner (CVC), has raised dou­b­ts

Private treaties are no longer private

So you thought countries signed treaties with each other. But wait! There is another variety of “treaties” that are not just “private” but detrimental to the independence of the mass media in India.

The Bleak House

As more and more scams are unearthed about the manner in which facilities for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi have been built and continue to be constructed, the moot question that was raised during t

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.