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  • 13-Sep-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Why we need a man like John Bercow

    The British House of Commons Speaker has cut down to size a monarchical Prime Minister who makes a cult of flamboyant populism

  • 30-Aug-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Bercow "shocked"; his options limited

    The offender is Her Majesty herself even though everyone knows she is obliged to do the bidding of the prime minister she has appointed

  • 16-Aug-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Why she can, but won't

    The Queen can dismiss Boris Johnson, according to British constitutional experts. But then, 21st century monarchs reign but mustn't presume to rule

  • 02-Aug-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    General Ershad was not unlike Rajiv Gandhi

    Both men were political innocents. In a sense, they were softies

  • 19-Jul-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    A welfare state born in India

    How William Beveridge's Bakargunje legacy is safe in modern Britain

  • 21-Jun-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    When Ram became a battering ram

    It was not uncommon in the 1920s and 1930s for communal riots to start with just the kind of provocation evident in the Lok Sabha when members took the oath

  • 07-Jun-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    The business of appropriate housing

    Minds are bound to work overtime puzzling out why Mr Modi is sending Mr Shah before he reaches the top to where Vajpayee paused on the way out

  • 24-May-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Whose Bengal is it anyway?

    As the BJP raced neck and neck with the TMC, Mamata must have regretted the cosmopolitan liberalism that allows Bengal to embrace outsiders as favourite sons

  • 10-May-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Saffron is a different colour now

    The colour has been rendered to activities that would have astonished Swami Vivekananda

  • 26-Apr-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Business resembles migration

    Pioneers don't want others to follow in their wake

  • 12-Apr-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Jallianwala Bagh apology: Should we really care?

    I can't see what purpose can be served by an apology by a British government that cannot in any way be blamed for one sadistic man running amok 100 years ago

  • 29-Mar-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Mission Shakti: Winners & losers

    It is no more relevant to the basic needs of Indians languishing below the poverty line than the annexation of Sikkim was all those years ago

  • 15-Mar-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Silver lining to import substitution

    India's flourishing crony capitalism guarantees that, as with Rafale fighters, some favoured tycoon will be licensed to make Tabasco at home

  • 01-Mar-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Arthur Moore and Indo-Pak peace

    Moore died in the hope for "real peace between India and Pakistan". That remains the flickering faith of the millions who wished Abhinandan a speedy release

  • 15-Feb-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Friendship above everything else

    For all that he blazed like a meteor across the revolutionary sky, George Fernandes was an innocent among the cut-throats and pickpockets who infest the political jungle

  • 18-Jan-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    What Ganga-jal oath means for India

    Rewriting history will be the most important nationalised industry aimed at inventing an ancient post-modern miracle

  • 04-Jan-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Paradise in the making

    Really? Then why are more Indians than ever before so desperate to flee India?

  • 03-Jan-2019 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Sheikh Hasina: Having won the political war, now she must win the peace

    Hasina's pragmatic policies has delivered an economic boom in Bangladesh; on the cusp of a record fourth term, she must now develop the institutions of democracy

  • 21-Dec-2018 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Sauce for the goose...

    If the grisly events of 1984 can be re-examined, so can the Gujarat bloodbath of 2002

  • 07-Dec-2018 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Lives are not for barter

    It would be despicable if Christian Michel's extradition was part of a deal linked with the capture of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum

  • 24-Nov-2018 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Political dividend in financial largesse

    Money permits patronage. Money means power. No wonder details of the crores locked up in NPAs and never repaid loans are top secret

  • 09-Nov-2018 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    A royal challenge for India

    The country was monarchical from the beginning and the monarchy became absolute when a woman became the only man in the cabinet

  • 09-Nov-2018 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    'The English Maharani': Queen Victoria's soft corner for India's royalty

    Miles Taylor offers a meticulously researched account of a queen-empress who tried to compensate in India for the political role she was denied at home

  • 26-Oct-2018 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    The state of India's roti, kapada aur makaan

    When 17 million Indians seek their fortune abroad it only means people are losing faith in the ability of the government to honour its promises

  • 12-Oct-2018 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Why Rahul Gandhi is wrong

    The thousands of men and women fleeing Gujarat with bundles and bedding rolls are holiday makers, seeking a festive break during Dussehra