articles by Arup Ghosh

Politics

Kapil Sibal wants to be charioteer, not the horse

There is scepticism around his move. Yet, like our teen chess prodigy Praggnanandha who has beaten the world chess champion Magnus Carlsen twice, Sibal would be dreaming of doing the same politically. It is the larger political role which drives him now more than winning more cases in the court

Opinion

Shireen Abu Aqla: ‘Crime of execution’ raises fear for journalists

In 2019, 61 per cent of journalist deaths occurred in countries without current armed conflicts. Back in 2016, 50 per cent of journalists who were killed died in countries experiencing an armed conflict of some kind

Politics

Raj Thackeray: Why the ‘angry man of Maharashtra’ is so active again

Raj Thackeray is looking for a miracle to attain resurrection. This is why he is desperately looking to latch on to issues which have high decibel value. The loudspeaker hoopla is perhaps just what the doctor ordered for MNS

Politics

Uniform Civil Code: BJP rushes to tick the third and final box

While implementing tough decisions, the BJP is willing to bear the brunt of minor electoral reverses. Yet, it would not like to get sucked into an ugly vortex of prolonged agitation, violence or religious obscurantism

Politics

Searching for a language that binds India

India does not have a national language and, therefore, calling Hindi — an official language — as one is against the law

Politics

Fear of ‘Hindi imperialism’ triggers mega language war

After Independence, the Constitution makers had a problem of selecting a national language which could unite a country because there were more than 1,600 languages spoken

Politics

Nadia case: Why rapes are still shame for the victim, rather than the perpetrator

It is appalling to note some instances of lawmakers shooting their mouths off with utter impunity. Is it a lack of education? Sheer insensitivity, or an attempt to play to the gallery? Hard to tell. But the statements tell their own story

India

Nadia rape case: And ‘Justice For All’ remains a pipe dream in Mamata Banerjee’s West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee doesn’t want any kind of mud to stick to the Trinamool Congress. She sees this as a localised incident. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. It really doesn’t matter if the girl is a minor. Too bad she gets brutalised and then dies

India

Why liquor industry in India is desperately seeing incentives

The alcohol industry bears the maximum brunt of political and economic ramifications.

India

Raging liquor war in Delhi-NCR: Consumer is the king, but for how long?

The old regime had pushed customers to Gurugram, where carrots of heavy discounts were dangled. It was precisely to stop this business drain that Delhi brought in competitive pricing in its new excise policy

India

As blood of ‘fake encounters’ singes AFSPA, the law needs to be done away with in totality

Security experts argue that AFSPA should not be construed as a ‘licence to kill’. And that charges of extrajudicial killings or ‘fake encounters’ against armed forces personnel must be investigated

India

Why AFSPA should be lifted but it done judiciously and in phases

The Centre’s decision to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from parts of Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland is historic. And it would further trigger calls for AFSPA to be lifted from other conflict zones, including Kashmir

Politics

Why Rajya Sabha is essential for Indian democracy and saving it is not mission impossible

Rajya Sabha helps institutionalise the principles of power-sharing between the Centre and states. When the ruling dispensation has a brute majority in the Lok Sabha, this house can soften its authoritarian streak

Politics

BJP’S move in Chandigarh sets the cat among the Opposition pigeons

Keep in mind, the demand to implement Central service rules for Chandigarh employees had been pending for nearly 25 years. But it took a master strategist like Amit Shah to turn a demand into an opportunity

Politics

Birbhum killings and after: West Bengal’s cycle of violence churns ceaselessly

The TMC under Mamata Banerjee not only co-opted the Left Front model of dealing with dissent under Jyoti Basu, but also co-opted many Left goons whose sole job was to terrorise people to get the job done

Politics

The G-23 lands a sucker punch, now it’s for Sonia Gandhi to counter-attack

It’s hard to miss how quickly the Gandhis blinked. As champion of the world Mike Tyson said, 'Everybody has a plan till they get punched in the mouth.' Undoubtedly, the Gandhis have been sucker-punched

Politics

2022 Assembly polls: How TINA and NOTA made their mark

Narendra Modi wears the TINA badge with aplomb. From naysayers chirping away about alleged misrule, unfulfilled promises, administrative mismanagement, et al, the game changed dramatically on D-day

Politics

2022 Assembly poll results: Seven reasons why BJP won Uttar Pradesh

The real trench warfare was between the Samajwadi Party and the BJP. Priyanka Gandhi did try to revive the Congress but its virtual absence at the grassroots was a major setback. Mayawati’s political decimation trotted up BJP’s numbers

Politics

2022 Assembly poll results: AAP wins Punjab, test of ‘Delhi Model’ comes now

Arvind Kejriwal was smart enough to focus purely on poll strategy. So, the ‘Delhi Model’ came into play with an emphasis on education, health and power. This is what the youth in Punjab wanted to hear

Politics

Fight between BJP’s Kirit Somaiya and Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut: What lies beneath

Kirit Somaiya was used as a political weapon against the Shiv Sena at a point in time. Then the pushback from Shiv Sena happened, which is continuing