The page of Gurcharan Das
Narendra Modi: temptation of the middle class
The sudden ascent of stocky, 62 year old Narendra Modi as a serious contender for the nation’s leadership has taken people by surprise. The general election is still a year away but the average, open minded, middle-of- the-road Indian wonders how to think about the polarizing chief minister of Gujarat. Either you love him or hate him, which is precisely why one must not react with a knee-jerk but try and go beyond the shallow surface of a flawed but remarkable human being.
Food security, Corruption by another Name
On the same day as the central cabinet approved the food security bill two weeks ago, Sheila Dixit stood up courageously to defend the rising price of electric power in Delhi. By not raising the power subsidy, Delhi’s chief minister was able to increase investment in roads, public transport, education and health care. The contrast between the two actions could not have been more dramatic.
A budget speech you will never hear
It is Budget time again and next Thursday the finance minister will address parliament with a speech which you will never hear except from my auto-wallah.
Stop talking, start doing
Ratan Tata is a reticent man. He is 74 and retired as chairman after guiding his group to be the country’s number one, $ 100 billion, in revenues. He commands respect not only from his 450,000 employees but from the entire global business community. He is courteous and complains rarely.
To equate capitalism with greed is a mistake
On an evening in early October , the announcer at one of our premier news channels screamed 'greed' while describing the misdeeds of the latest victim of Arvind Kejriwal. Earlier that day, Mr Kejriwal had accused Robert Vadra of receiving favours from the real estate company DLF Ltd. In the next breath, the announcer explained that crony capitalism was at the root of the problem.
Diversity is India’s most vital metaphor. Apart from caste and religion, linguistic states also divide it. It is thus a multinational nation.
The loss of inheritance
The approach of another festival season raises the old question of the place of myth and classical culture in our contemporary lives.
India Unbound (Extract No 2)
There is a powerful consolation that India affords to the world at all times, which is even more precious today.
India Unbound (Extract No 1)
Indians have not traditionally accorded a high place to the making of money.