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Posted on May 19, 2013 | 10 CommentsNote: This is my translation of Pratap Simha’s column 18 May 2013 column in Kannada Prabha. An incident comes to mind. The incident is recorded in Shanti Bhushan’s autobiography, Courting Destiny. The incident occurred sometime in 1978. Morarji Desai had completed an year as Prime...
Posted on April 29, 2013 | 49 CommentsHe came, he saw, he spoke, and he wowed. He’d already conquered Bangalore years ago. In his 28 April election speech on the eve of the Karnataka Assembly polls 2013, Narendra Modi simply notched up yet another triumph in a long series of triumphs that...
Posted on February 28, 2013 | 19 CommentsConsider these headlines: Mob attacks Gujarat train, toll 57 (Times of India) godhra: in a ghastly incident, at least 57 persons were burnt alive and many injured when the ahmedabad-bound sabarmati express was stoned and set on fire by a mob at godhra junction on...
Posted on December 21, 2012 | 25 CommentsThis is a translation of my own piece published in the Sunday Special Supplement of Kannada Prabha on December 16, 2012. I thought this piece would be a fitting tribute to Modi’s stupendous and third consecutive electoral success in the Gujarat 2012 assembly polls. Comments...
Posted on November 20, 2012 | 29 CommentsNote: This is a translation of Pratap Simha’s piece that appeared in Kannada Prabha on November 19, 2012. But who was he really? Do we go by the opinions of analysts who put him on par with political cartoonists like R.K. Laxman? Or, barring Times...
Posted on July 10, 2012 | 16 CommentsIntroduction Jagadish Shettar is all set to take oath as the 27th Chief Minister of Karnataka. The incumbent, Sadananda Gowda has already submitted his resignation to the BJP party president. That makes it three Chief Ministers in four years to rule Karnataka. That this is...
Posted on June 17, 2012 | 26 CommentsNote: This is a translation of journalist Pratap Simha’s original essay titled Matte Eddiruva Hale Vivadada Nepadallaadaru Avarannu Nenapisikollabekenisitu Ashte (Literal: Felt like remembering him again in the wake of the controversy that has erupted again) in Kannada in May 2009, published in Vijaya Karnataka....
Posted on March 7, 2012 | 41 CommentsI find psephology tedious. At a level, it reduces democracy to a savage farce of a triumph of numbers over ideas, ideals, even philosophy. But the times we live in makes it a necessary evil and like everybody else, I give that evil its due....
Posted on January 5, 2012 | 53 CommentsApart from those active in the Arts, the only class of people who fully appreciate the enormous power of symbolism are those in politics. Politicians are true artists in that sense. While artists create and/or use symbolism merely as an aid and/or device, politicians practice...
Posted on June 6, 2011 | 124 CommentsGive the dog a bad name and hang it. A variation of this technique, pioneered by Lenin in his infamous “stick the convict badge,” an old favourite of our now-languishing comrades on the Left—from calling Subash Bose a running dog of imperialism to various other...
Posted on September 14, 2009 | 16 CommentsNewspapers give space to writers like Khushwant Singh mostly for antique value. I read this piece with the same mindset as I approach an antique piece: possibly priceless but I won’t risk buying it. Singh has made no secret of his support for the Congress...