Indranil Banerjie


Indranil Banerjie

A reckoning of reprisals

Bangladesh, born of a brutal and tragic civil war in 1971, is finally trying to come to terms with its violent past. The Awami League government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed has put into motion a judicial process to identify and punish the prominent individuals who had collaborated with the Pakistan Army in 1971 to torture and eliminate pro-independence supporters.

How freebie culture is killing our economy

The “gasping elephant” is how HSBC, the global banking giant, described the state of the Indian economy. The analogy could not have been more apt.

Head in a tailspin

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appears to have gone into a shell; he rarely speaks out or announces the kind of measures desperately needed to instil confidence in the country’s faltering economy; he maintains a stony silence on the slew of reforms so necessary to repair the country’s vitiated political atmosphere; he seldom smiles and occasionally mumbles about coalition compulsions. From all accounts, it would appear that Dr Singh has withdrawn from the political frontlines.

Ignore democratic aspirations at your own peril

In politics, Napoleon Bonaparte had once declared, “never retreat, never retract...

India not anti-Lanka, it’s pro-reconciliation

India’s decision to support a UN resolution on a war crimes probe in Sri Lanka appears to have dismayed a number of commentators and experts within India. It is being made out that New Delhi acted foolishly and would end up alienating Colombo, which would now fall into Beijing’s lap.
One foreign affairs analyst even called the move “diplomatic hara-kiri”, suggesting that India would now expose itself to similar assaults from its detractors. It is also being insinuated that New Delhi would not have voted as it did had it not been for pressure from Indian Tamil political parties.

Turbulence ahead as regional forces gain

Conventional wisdom has it that state elections are usually fought over local issues and are not affected by matters of nationwide concern. This might no longer hold good if the results of the latest Assembly polls are anything to go by. The big picture that immediately emerges, and one that nobody has missed, is the rebuff that the Congress Party has received from the majority of Indian voters spread across the length and breadth of the country. And it cannot merely be due to local issues.

UP still a preserve of the satraps

Judging from the political signals emanating from Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest state which is in the process of electing a new legislature, the toss-up is between the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)

UPA’s ides of March in February polls

Five Indian states go to the polls next month and which way they vote could have a profound effect on the functioning of the ruling coalition. By all accounts, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is currently stuck in a deep rut largely of its own making.

Is India Inc incurring the Anna anger?

Booking a residential apartment in India is to enter into a state of agonising uncertainty. Even after pledging funds and signing dozens of legal documents, buyers cannot be certain of when they will actually get possession of their homes or whether they will get what was promised. Delivery schedules are more often observed in the breach; construction quality is routinely compromised; and at times even architectural and landscape plans are changed at will.

Steve Jobs: A man who changed our times

The death of Steve Jobs reminds us of the stark times we live in. As the world wept, shedding genuine tears for a change, at the passing away of one of history’s most remarkable inventor-entrepreneurs, it seemed that we had entered an era of the end of the role model. The paragons that remain are mostly stock exchange manipulators, greedy bankers, brazen politicians and bearded extremists who promise the return of paradise on earth.

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