Author : Mahendra Ved


Who will succeed Pranab?

Who will succeed Pranab?

May 31,2017 , 10:08 PM IST | Hans
Stage is set for the presidential election in July and that for the vice-president in August. It will be a token contest between nominee of a resurgent NDA and candidate of a disparate opposition that is also desperate to use the twin contests to display a semblance of unity and purpose, but little else. 
OBOR: Hard choices before India

OBOR: Hard choices before India

May 25,2017 , 03:56 AM IST | Hans
The bottom line first: India’s relations with both Pakistan and China are in for a prolonged period of dip. Wordy war with China, but they will remain particularly volatile with Pakistan. One does not have to be a pundit of geopolitics to say this.
Former scientist who never pays water bills

Former scientist who never pays water bills

May 18,2017 , 03:22 AM IST | Opinion
The whole unsavoury events involving Justice Karnan and reactions by the Supreme Court along with a gag order on the media not to report his statements has sullied the judiciary’s solemnity. It was unprecedented also because the apex court, perhaps thinking that it was left with no choice, in its anxiety to uphold its dignity, acted against the errant judge. In the process, however, it set another
When cultural illiterates rule...

When cultural illiterates rule...

May 11,2017 , 03:38 AM IST | Opinion
When a dream dies, it hurts – it hurts more when it is deliberately destroyed. As a young reporter, I recall escorting an American businesswoman come to see Asia72, the India International Trade Fair in 1972, on a quick tour of the just-laid Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. It was the third Asian International Trade Fair coinciding with the India’s silver jubilee year of Independence.
Opposition still disjointed, in disarray

Opposition still disjointed, in disarray

May 04,2017 , 05:00 AM IST | Opinion
Down the centuries, Delhi has played a key role in the nation’s scheme of things, long before a single political and territorial entity took shape. Thus it is that even the national capital’s civic elections acquire their way-beyond importance, when the winner, having completed three years in power at the federal level, is embarking on a modern-day Rajasuya Yagna. 
Netas’ pastime: Pay lip service

Netas’ pastime: Pay lip service

Apr 27,2017 , 03:38 AM IST | Opinion
I am glad I did not join the panel of commentators on a Hindi TV channel invited to take note of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent Gujarat visit.  I would have drawn a parallel that would have been out-of-sync and perhaps, unpalatable.  
Exposed- how Saeed, Mumbai terror cases are dealt by Pak

Exposed- how Saeed, Mumbai terror cases are dealt by Pak

Apr 20,2017 , 03:00 AM IST | Opinion
For long years, the world community has been urging Pakistan to “do more” on fighting terrorism and curbing militant elements at home. Now, this “do more” expression has acquired ingenious interpretation, explanation and an excuse.
India, Pak reaching flashpoint

India, Pak reaching flashpoint

Apr 13,2017 , 02:48 AM IST | Opinion
Let it be stated at the outset that it would be naïve, foolhardy and against India’s national interests if it was not carrying out espionage in a neighbouring country, especially in a perennially hostile Pakistan. Chanakyaniti prescribes it as a necessity. A state must carry out its saam, daam, dand and bhed for its safety and well-being.
Preventing terrorism: No quick fix

Preventing terrorism: No quick fix

Mar 30,2017 , 02:57 AM IST | Opinion
Terror and death rode on a vehicle in London, close to the “Mother Parliament” last week. That had happened in Berlin, Nice and a little over a year ago, in Brussels. It came in cars with fake official labels to the Indian Parliament in 2001.  It came with Pakistani foot soldiers to Mumbai in 2008. By all indications, this is bound to continue, nobody knows for long. 
Modi mainstreams the fringe

Modi mainstreams the fringe

Mar 23,2017 , 03:18 AM IST | Opinion
It is difficult to say whether acceptance comes first or adjustment. We had begun to deal with the Narendra Modi era with its pluses and minuses – there is a plethora of both to reckon with – when last year Brexit happened in Britain and the Americans elected Donald Trump.
Modi looks unassailable

Modi looks unassailable

Mar 16,2017 , 05:08 AM IST | Opinion
The most convenient thing to say in the prolonged run-up to the just-concluded elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh, was that it would be a ‘hung’ assembly, giving majority to none. Of course, most did not believe that, but it was a ‘safe’ bet, not knowing the political preferences of the person asking for the prediction. 
Mar 11 matters a lot for Modi

Mar 11 matters a lot for Modi

Mar 09,2017 , 03:02 AM IST | Opinion
The outcome of this year’s state assembly polls that will be known on Saturday will trigger the next round of political battle, that of electing the President and the Vice-President in July and August respectively. 
Staging a comeback

Staging a comeback

Mar 02,2017 , 03:53 AM IST | Opinion
Ambassador was among the first cars made in India and Nokia was among the first mobile phone Indians, like much of the world. The two pioneering products spell a contrasting story today.  The mobile phone has just staged a comeback, while it is end of the road for the once-iconic car. A comparison of the two per se may seem unfair, but the common lesson to be learnt is the need to march with the t
India can lead on global stage

India can lead on global stage

Feb 23,2017 , 03:15 AM IST | Opinion
It is unprecedented that an American President causes worldwide turmoil before taking office and thereafter, pushes his agenda to widespread consternation, not just for the foreign governments that must deal with him, but also for students, job-seekers, migrants and many who may just want to visit his country.
Why CIA disclosures went unheeded

Why CIA disclosures went unheeded

Feb 09,2017 , 03:20 AM IST | Opinion
We have been through it all – the Julian Assange papers, the Snowden papers, recent disclosures from the British Intelligence and now, millions of documents de-classified by the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). More is bound to come in future.
Will fortune smile upon Rahul?

Will fortune smile upon Rahul?

Feb 03,2017 , 03:53 AM IST | Opinion
After the Congress-led alliance repeated its 2004 parliamentary victory in 2009, asked by a TV channel reporter about the fate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), I said political parties do not die; they survive electoral losses. 
From a democrat to a demagogue

From a democrat to a demagogue

Jan 26,2017 , 03:25 AM IST | Opinion
If this reads like praise for Barack Obama and alarm and concern about his successor, Donald Trump, so be it. It reflects the near-universal twin sentiment, even though one must look ahead to the new phase in the life of the United States. 
All about argumentative India

All about argumentative India

Jan 19,2017 , 02:48 AM IST | Opinion
To borrow Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s description, the argumentative Indian is at it. Myriad issues – social, cultural, religious, regional, economic and of course, political – are being vehemently debated. They invariably end up before the Supreme Court.
India’s isolation apace in S Asia

India’s isolation apace in S Asia

Jan 12,2017 , 02:16 AM IST | Opinion
The slogan “Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai” lasted less than a decade and “Hindi-Russi Bhai Bhai” lasted half-a-century. Today, both Russia and China are ganging up against India as they perceive it is engaging in “Hindi-Amriki Bhai Bhai.”
Smitten by one-upmanship

Smitten by one-upmanship

Dec 29,2016 , 03:30 AM IST | Opinion
Some developments of last week clearly indicate that the nation’s affairs are unlikely to change for the better. Parliament will continue to be disturbed and disrupted. Only disrupters change. Loss to the nation persists.
Bringing India, Pak together

Bringing India, Pak together

Dec 22,2016 , 02:16 AM IST | Opinion
Much as we in India decry lack of tolerance of ‘others’ in our separated-at-birth neighbour and perennial adversary – overlooking similar tendencies among ourselves – we should also note developments that indicate the contrary. And, perhaps, draw a lesson or two from them.
Frittering away golden chance

Frittering away golden chance

Dec 08,2016 , 01:55 AM IST | Opinion
As people brace for cashless living, running from one ATM to another and find ways to finance their weddings and pay medical bills, the government is under attack and this has offered a rare golden opportunity to opposition parties.
Govt shoots itself in foot

Govt shoots itself in foot

Dec 01,2016 , 02:58 AM IST | Opinion
There is something poignant, something fatalistic about the situation triggered by demonetisation. The people of India are supposed to bear the inconveniences it has caused, with or without smile. 
Hindi-Amriki-Russi Bhai Bhai?

Hindi-Amriki-Russi Bhai Bhai?

Nov 24,2016 , 03:49 AM IST | Opinion
Having criticised Donald Trump through his election campaign and on his victory, it is time to assess him and his presidency that will begin next January. 
UP will witness battle royal

UP will witness battle royal

Nov 17,2016 , 04:43 AM IST | Opinion
Rath Yatras have begun to roll in Uttar Pradesh for the crucial electoral battle next year. Wining it is important for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enable him to seek a second term in 2019 when Lok Sabha polls are due. 
Pakistan army calls the shots

Pakistan army calls the shots

Nov 03,2016 , 02:18 AM IST | Opinion
Pakistan has held back from yet another precipice – for now—warding off a crisis that was threatening its polity. The alarming and often confusing situation can perhaps be understood if seen through the prism of its all-powerful arbitrator of the game – the Army.
BRICS: No takers for India’s baggage

BRICS: No takers for India’s baggage

Oct 20,2016 , 04:17 AM IST | Opinion
Was the just-concluded BRICS Summit about better coordination for resurgence of the world’s top five emerging economies or was it a platform to air host India’s anger and concerns about the role of what Prime Minister Narendra Modi called “mother-ship of terrorism in its neighbourhood”? 
A most unusual American poll

A most unusual American poll

Oct 13,2016 , 01:51 AM IST | Opinion
With barely twenty-six days to go for the United States of America’s presidential polls, it is fair to attempt a close look. Unlike India’s elections in numerous parliamentary constituencies that are prone to last-minute uncertainties, this is a direct, nation-wide election between two teams representing two parties. One can see things coming.
Hostage to Indo Pak ill will

Hostage to Indo Pak ill will

Oct 06,2016 , 02:28 AM IST | Opinion
Some things don’t change as they can’t. One of them is neighbourhood. You can disown a family member and divorce the spouse, but you cannot disengage from your neighbour. 
Hit back at Pak, short of war

Hit back at Pak, short of war

Sep 29,2016 , 03:44 AM IST | Hans
Indian diplomats are often derided as being “only good at drafting notes.” But drafting they certainly do well. The stinging response to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations General Assembly is that.