Author : Mahendra Ved


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.  
Modi calls a spade a spade at G20

Modi calls a spade a spade at G20

Sep 08,2016 , 01:13 AM IST | Opinion
A decade back, Pakistan was praised as the “frontline state in fight against global terrorism” by then US President George W Bush whenever he met or referred to his Pakistani counterpart, Gen Pervez Musharraf. Helping shatter that delusion with a more perceptive Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has snatched that ‘title’ away from Pakistan and seized it for India.
Kashmir saga: Ill-informed myths

Kashmir saga: Ill-informed myths

Sep 01,2016 , 02:22 AM IST | Opinion
It’s all Jawaharlal Nehru’s doing – this is often said of the Jammu and Kashmir issue that India inherited along with freedom, now both into their 70th year. The idea here is not to defend Nehru, currently under attack for many things, but put at least the Kashmir issue in some perspective as we witness one of the more serious convulsions in the Valley, with those concerned, particularly the gover
Where billions go down the drain

Where billions go down the drain

Aug 25,2016 , 03:37 AM IST | Opinion
Visiting Benaras, also called Varanasi or Kashi, and not being able to stroll on the Ghats made famous in many books and by Satyajit Ray in his ‘Aparajito’ (1956) is heart-breaking. But with the Ganga in spate it is impossible. From a distance, the river looks majestic, but forbidding.
Defusing Kashmir crisis

Defusing Kashmir crisis

Aug 18,2016 , 03:02 AM IST | Hans
It took the government over a month to respond to the ongoing spate of violence in Jammu and Kashmir where over 60 civilians have died and many more maimed. 
Man of the moment in Pak

Man of the moment in Pak

Aug 11,2016 , 02:10 AM IST | Opinion
Come Sunday, August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day, the man most viewed in awe, admiration by many Pakistanis will be not the country’s President or Prime Minister but the Chief of the Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif.  
Will US first citizen be woman?

Will US first citizen be woman?

Aug 04,2016 , 01:16 AM IST | Opinion
The nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first-ever woman by a major political party to contest the United States’ presidential elections, has placed women where they should have been long back, and not just in America.
The man who re-invented India

The man who re-invented India

Jul 21,2016 , 02:14 AM IST | Opinion
Many thought India would become a client state of foreign powers, its economy swamped by the multinational corporations (MNCs). This did not happen. With vast arena opened up to them, Indian companies have done well. Some have themselves become MNCs. 
Romas look up to Ambedkar

Romas look up to Ambedkar

Jun 16,2016 , 01:17 AM IST | Opinion
Although centuries and hundreds of kilometre apart, the Romas are viewed as part of the evolution among the people who are Dalits back home, striving to rise socially and economically, to assert their political presence. The Gandhi High School in Pecs, another Hungarian city, also caters to education of the Romas who are really Europe’s unwanted people. 
Here prejudices still persist

Here prejudices still persist

May 26,2016 , 12:58 AM IST | Opinion
Three newspaper headlines last Sunday from the national capital compel attention. They represent our good, bad and ugly. Sukriti Gupta of Montfort School from downtown Delhi’s Ashok Vihar is all-India topper with 497 marks out of 500 in science stream. For the fourth consecutive year Delhi’s students, especially girls, continue to excel in school examinations conducted by the Central Board of Seco
India pursuing a 50 yr dream

India pursuing a 50 yr dream

May 19,2016 , 03:00 AM IST | Opinion
Visiting Iran this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to take a series of steps that his predecessors should have done say, half-a-century back. These could not be done for reasons ranging from lack of vision and resources on India’s part and cold war era compulsions when the two were in opposite camps.
The saga of a spoilt city continues

The saga of a spoilt city continues

May 12,2016 , 03:17 AM IST | Opinion
Dilli hai Dil Hinustan ka….   is an old Hindi film song’s line. The capital city is the heart of the nation, but it is getting tubercular. Its pollution has reached alarming levels, enough to earn adverse warnings to intending visitors and tourists. The country’s largest urban agglomerate has more people than it can sustain and more vehicles than its roads can carry. 
Aromatic battle between tea, kapi

Aromatic battle between tea, kapi

Apr 28,2016 , 04:08 AM IST | Opinion
Travelling from north to south by train, Nagpur that is virtually the country’s central point becomes the dividing line. The “tea territory” is left behind and the “coffee territory” commences. That is the broad pattern of how the two brews are consumed. 
Diplomat diaries: Nuggets of wisdom

Diplomat diaries: Nuggets of wisdom

Apr 21,2016 , 02:24 AM IST | Opinion
Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation of foreign policy long before independence. His vision of world affairs was enriched by experiences of peers and contemporaries like Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. Indeed, a significant part of the freedom movement was conceived by those who had travelled or stayed abroad.
UP: Groaning under dynasty raj

UP: Groaning under dynasty raj

Apr 14,2016 , 02:47 AM IST | Opinion
India, that is Bharat, that is Uttar Pradesh,” it used to be proclaimed years ago to underscore the State’s political supremacy. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was, perhaps, hinting at this when he declared the other day that if his Samajwadi Party and the Congress forged an alliance, his father Mulayam Singh Yadav could be the next Prime Minster, with Rahul Gandhi as the Deputy PM.