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Three thoughts for the Republic

On defending democracy from populists, reminding the Supreme Court of its duty to protect liberty and on upholding representative democracy. For quiet contemplation on Republic Day: Eternal nervousness might be the price of democracy Should liberals relax when populists are democratically elected? Supporters of liberal politicians and parties sometimes do engage in the dubious sport … Continue reading "Three thoughts for the Republic"

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America defeats itself

There will be fewer takers for US promises in Asia now As promised, Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a regional preferential trade agreement that his predecessor put together to secure American primacy in East Asia against a rising China. It does not matter that the TPP had … Continue reading "America defeats itself"

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Being credible

New Delhi must not buckle to Chinese pressure in its engagement of Indo-Pacific countries. After hiatus of over a year, I resume my monthly column in the Business Standard on the geopolitics and geoeconomics of the Indo-Pacific region. As the edit page is behind a paywall, I will put up unedited drafts, excerpts or the … Continue reading "Being credible"

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Medalless army

The defence ministry must quickly resume issuing official medals. Last week, a colleague and I were struck by what we saw at a new military supplies store that had opened in our neighbourhood. Among the usual uniforms, shoes, hats, bags and kit, we were surprised to see medals. Not just the ribbons, but the entire … Continue reading "Medalless army"

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Why parking needs more than proof of space

The big idea in urban transport is to get users to pay for parking and suchlike. Not another piece of paper. The Union government is considering a proposal to make car ownership contingent on the prospective buyer producing an “adequate parking space available certificate.” M Venkaiah Naidu, Union urban development minister stated that he was … Continue reading "Why parking needs more than proof of space"

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A better way of selecting the top brass – 2

Politicisation will limit politicisation Two of the more thoughtful critiques of the Modi government’s decision to jettison the principle of seniority in appointing India’s next army chief appear in the Indian Express and Business Standard today. Sushant Singh and Ajai Shukla are among the most astute commentators on the subject so it is important to … Continue reading "A better way of selecting the top brass – 2"

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Time for a stiff drink

Satyagraha, Neoliberalism, CIA…we’re running out of ideas It is perhaps a good time for newspaper editors to stop publishing any more polemical opinion pieces on the great currency transfusion (‘demonetisation’). When someone argues that people standing in lines to deposit and withdraw their own money after being compelled to do so by the government, are … Continue reading "Time for a stiff drink"