articles by Gautam Mukherjee

Politics

Thus Spake Rahul Gandhi: Discordant voices of a dynast

India is a union of states born of a strenuous negotiation, said Rahul Gandhi, implying it is free to secede at any time

Opinion

Rahul Gandhi’s Cambridge saga: When an abandoned, mocked scion cries out for Western approval

Rahul Gandhi, an improbable prime minister-in-waiting, will be 52 on the 19 June 2022. It has been eight years since the Congress lost power, reduced to a little over 40 seats in Parliament. He is even challenged to lead the Opposition

World

Sweden and Finland may be keen to join NATO, but all’s not well in US-led alliance

The EU, propped up by the economies of Germany and France, is not quite happy with the US-forced sanctions on Russia. Switzerland, normally very discreet, has suggested America get out of Europe forthwith

Politics

The Kashmir Files ban: Is Singapore not happy with India at Red China’s behest?

The Singapore government’s hypocrisy with regard to ‘The Kashmir Files’ is glaring because it is just the latest veiled attack on India

World

How Narendra Modi has used Indian diaspora as a diplomatic force multiplier to push India’s interests

Narendra Modi is the first Indian prime minister to see the diaspora as allies, benefactors, and unofficial ambassadors

World

Narendra Modi’s Europe visit reaffirms India’s diplomatic heft despite Russian roulette at play in Ukraine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits an emerging 21st century ‘Concert of Europe’ and discovers common ground in India’s ties with the West

Politics

Wooing Prashant Kishor shows Congress desperation, but will it work this time?

There is a growing view that Prashant Kishor is good when the going is good for his client, and not so much when the road is rocky and uphill

Politics

How BJP’s Hindi love story may work in ‘Cow Belt’ but hurt Bharatiya sentiments

Amit Shah said that Hindi should be accepted as an alternative to English. This two-tier system with more Hindi instead of English usage, and other languages pushed down the ladder, is only comfortable for Hindi speakers

Politics

Sorry state of affairs: How freebie mates are busy scripting their own Greek, Sri Lankan tragedies in India

Prudence and good economic management insist that AAP-style conjuring of pie-in-the-sky bonanzas must be outlawed and nixed

India

How are Hindus treated in states where they are in a minority?

Hindus are in a minority in 10 states, but unlike Muslims and Christians, get none of the minority benefits

World

The Ukraine crisis: How India stands to gain from its neutral stance going forward

The Russians are very clear that they want a neutral and demilitarised Ukraine and probably one that leans towards Moscow rather than the West

Politics

Exit Polls hint at unprecedented times ahead in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab

While Uttar Pradesh is likely to see the return of an incumbent chief minister after completing his full five-year term, one may see a change in the binary nature of Punjab politics so far dominated by Congress and Akali Dal

India

Amit Shah interview gives strong indication of how BJP is changing gears for Mission 2024

In a 50-minute one-on-one interview with News18, Union home minister Amit Shah dealt with several important issues — from the hijab controversy to the Uttar Pradesh elections

Politics

How PM Narendra Modi is not off the mark when he questions Opposition’s stand on terror

The Prime Minister recently said in a poll rally that the Samajwadi Party, main challenger to the BJP in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, is sympathetic to terrorists

Politics

Punjab polls: How Charanjit Singh Channi’s parochialism is in line with Rahul Gandhi’s ‘union of state’ vision

The latest hijab agitation, which the Congress backs along with some Islamic organisations, is yet another example of this strategy

Politics

Hijab hypocrisy: Seeking religious concessions for women in secular institutions, but keeping mum on access to mosques

Mosques are exclusively male provinces, adults and children alike, when the faithful are called to prayer five times a day

Politics

How Rahul Gandhi has mastered the art of selective amnesia in his allegations against Narendra Modi govt in Parliament

That it is impossible to start India's recent political history only from May 2014, when his party was routed in the general elections by the BJP/RSS/NDA combine, is something Rahul Gandhi finds difficult to accept

India

Year of the Tiger Union Budget 2022-23: A growth-oriented exercise with no populist overtones

The Nehruvian order is predictably baffled, as there are none of the usual markers on welfarism, no ‘common man’ carrots, and no freebies

India

Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s refusal to accept Padma award is symptomatic of a toxic West Bengal

The communist leader’s rude refusal to accept the Padma Bhushan the nation bestowed on him is typical of the West Bengal political class

India

How 5G is crucial as a force multiplier in modernisation of India, $30 bn opportunity for IT firms

In India, aspiring towards high-technology defence manufacturing, EVs, semiconductors, advanced robotics, drones, 5G cannot wait. It could well find prominent mention in the Union Budget on 1 February