P.C. Alexander


P.C. Alexander

The governor’s shastra

Those who were following reports in the press about the controversy in Karnataka, between chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and state governor H.R. Bhardwaj, were happy and relieved when the two called truce. However, it was soon clear that hostility between Mr Bhardwaj and Mr Yeddyurappa persists.

Gandhi’s life, in letter and spirit

The publication of Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India by Joseph Lelyveld has become the occasion for some controversies about Mahatma Gandhi’s sex life and his alleged tendency to be a racist while dealing with the problems of black South Africans.

Lend a hand, morally

Different people follow different types of protests to rid themselves of their miseries from the tyranny of self-appointed dictators. But in most such struggles the victims of oppression expect at least sympathy and moral support from all those who believe in the values of democracy.

Revolt, Arab-style

During the last three months north Africa and West Asia have been caught up in a wave of mass protests on the streets by the common people asserting their rights as citizens and demanding employment and an end to corruption and the tyrannical rule of dictators. When the street protests broke out first in Tunisia three months ago
and heralded the Jasmine Revolution, most people familiar with the politics of north Africa had hoped that it would not be long before the street protests would spread over practically all the countries of the region.

Dhritarashtra’s coalition dharma

The reaction of almost all Opposition parties to the meeting which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had with TV editors in New Delhi on February 16 to discuss the 2G allocation was on predictable lines — all described it as an “exercise in cover-up”. However, the impression which most impartial observers got was that though they could not agree with many things that Dr Singh had said at the meeting, he had tried to be candid and frank and didn’t try to hide anything.

Commitment phobia

The National Advisory Council (NAC) has the advantage of having Congress president Sonia Gandhi as its chairperson, and its members include eminent social workers like Jean Dreze and Aruna Roy, and on

Three wise men & their follies

The three major causalities of “2010 scams” that I intend to discuss here pertain to certain good practices and principles expected from the leaders of our democracy, but ones which have not been foll

Lessons of 2010

The relations between civil servants and politicians in a parliamentary system of democracy has been the subject of many articles and books in India ever since Independence.

Models of democracy

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century the issue that dominated the political debate of the late 1940s — the system of government best suited for India — is being raised again in certain in

Collective amnesia

Quite a lot has been said and written in recent weeks about mega scams involving grave acts of corruption by some bureaucrats and politicians.

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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.