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Shanu Athiparambath

  • Why do liberal intellectuals hate Narendra Modi?

    If the admirers of democracy were honest, they would have rejoiced when a tea-seller becomes the Prime Minister. If they were consistent, they would have considered this the logical end result of democratic politics. But, they do not. The liberal intellectuals and journalists still treat Narendra...

    Friday, 16 May 2014 - 6:43pm
  • Should we celebrate record polling?

    Many decades from now, my most vivid memories of elections in my youth will be that of the indelible ink mark on the fingers of conscientious people littering my Facebook newsfeed. According to the Election Commission, the polling rate in the 2014 elections is the greatest in the history of...

    Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 1:59pm
  • Why blame the farmer for price rise?

    Farming is considered a patriotic enterprise, and nearly half of India’s labour force is engaged in agriculture and allied activities. Almost everyone believes that in the election season, political parties should pledge to aid this patriotic endeavor to feed the nation.

    Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 2:01pm
  • Does corporate funding undermine democracy?

    During the school elections, candidates distributed notebook labels and similar “gifts” among younger children. When the catholic nuns found out, we were asked to hand over those goodies. But, they could have bought us only if we were up for sale. Democratic politics is not any different. 

    Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 2:57pm
  • In defense of the passive citizen

    When an auto rickshaw driver in Karnataka ferried people to the polling booths for free on the Election Day, the media called him a great philanthropist. But, is it self-evident that it is a virtue to vote? Does it make sense to encourage the passive to vote?

    Monday, 21 April 2014 - 3:27pm
  • Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi, here's why India cannot afford to revoke the decision to allow FDI

    Many decades ago, Jawaharlal Nehru said in a speech that was intended to make foreign investment in India more attractive, “Of course, we want to socialise. But we are not opposed to private enterprise. We want to encourage private enterprise in every way. We want to promise the entrepreneurs who...

    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 4:25pm
  • I agree with Sanjaya Baru, Manmohan Singh remains not just a good man but also a good prime minister

    Economists might have many flaws, but when compared with the average politician, they are paragons of virtue and wisdom. Sanjaya Baru’s memoir The Accidental Politician: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh confirms this view. 

    Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 3:39pm
  • In defence of Manmohan Singh - the politician

    Babies are deeply idealistic about love, because their prospects of mating are quite low on the probability scale. The voters who mock Manmohan Singh for being a wimp are in the position of the babies who hold others to such highly scrupulous standards in romantic love. Many Indians would want to...

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 4:13pm
  • Is Arvind Kejriwal any different or our expectations too high?

    Much as they rant against politicians, the Indian public expects too much of them. They have now set down Arvind Kejriwal as a liar and a fraud after he was found persuading a television interviewer to avoid questions about the corporate sector. Kejriwal feared that his views might anger the middle...

    Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 5:45pm
  • Has the Indian Republic failed the youth?

    It is perhaps impudence to ask what a country can do for its youth. But, 65 years since India became a republic, this is a question worth exploring. India is the most populous democracy in the world.

    Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 7:24pm