articles by Hartosh Singh Bal

Politics

Rahul and other 1984 apologists: The big lie of Cong's secularism

In his blundering fashion, Rahul has undone this silence that surrounds the complicity of the highest level of the party in the 1984 riots -- and exposed the secular pretensions who support his party.

Politics

Frankly lying: Rahul Gandhi on 1984 and Gujarat

Why should we trust Rahul to address issues honestly when he was so evidently willing to lie over fundamental issues only to save his family and his party’s reputation?

Politics

Lesson for AAP, Kejriwal: Why people power leads to mobocracy

In our hierarchical society where in a large measure we have failed to create the idea of a citizen, the devolution of all powers to a small number of people is dangerous and will not work.

Politics

Narendra Modi's economic vision is impractical trickery at best

Perhaps, when Modi said, "Mitron, chunav jitney ke liye dole, dole, dole …phir bhi sarkar dole rahi hai’’ he just meant that the Congress was no match for him even where wasteful expenditure was concerned.

Politics

Somnath Bharti's raid: AAP redefines democracy as mob rule

The inability to respect the rights of individuals, whether they are foreigners or members of the Delhi Police, is a symptom of the kind of mob rule AAP seems to be encouraging.

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The middle manager problem: Why Rahul cannot lead Congress

Only a middle-level manager would continue to search for managerial solutions to what is essentially a crisis of leadership in the Congress.

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UK docs on Operation Bluestar: Time to probe Indira Gandhi's role

If it is true that the operation had been cleared and planned as far back as February 1984, then Indira Gandhi stands accused of near criminal culpability.

Politics

Redefining a riot: Panagariya, Bhagwati write to The Economist

The eminent economists from Columbia University are not just playing with numbers to diminish the seriousness of what transpired in Gujarat, they are also deliberately distorting the facts.

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People pleasers: What the AAP can learn from Prashant Bhushan

Prashant Bhushan is a maverick, a man with whom you disagree more than agree. For that reason, he is essential to the AAP. They would damage themselves if they were to silence his views.

Life

Manu Joseph's resignation: The perils of editorial surrender

The law protects journalists from termination, unless the journalist has undermined his or her own case by misbehavior or mistakes. But editors don't take on owners -- they need another owner to give them the next job.

Politics

The Manmohan defence: I am just a (civil) servant

In his last press conference as Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh seemed almost to take pride in the fact that he had not changed at all in his nine years in office.

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Modi's 2002 riots 'apology' and the absence of raj dharma

The idea of a duty that we embody in our profession, whatever that profession may be, is lost to us.

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Time for real liberals: Why Kejriwal should take up 1984

AAP must set itself up as a liberal force devoid of any baggage. Ensuring justice for the violence of 1984 in well thought out fashion is one way. Justice for 2002 will follow.

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Modi's India Inc fan club: Why Murthy's support shouldn't matter

Whatever the motives of such industrialists, the question that matters so much more is why do we pay them so much attention?