articles by Prakash Nanda


Yogi Adityanath is right: Taj Mahal was built by sweat of Indian workers, but it remains edifice of exploitation

There is no doubt that BJP MLA Sangeet Som exposed his poor knowledge of history by describing the Taj Mahal as a “blot on Indian culture”. In response, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has reiterated his government’s commitment to not only safeguard and preserve one of the “wonders of the world” but also further promote its fame. However, the Yogi’s remark that the Taj Mahal was "built by the blood and sweat of Indian labourers" has both positive and negative connotations.


Chandigarh stalking case: Seeking Barala's resignation is unfair; families can't be punished for sins of errant sons

It would be unfair to implicate Subhash Barala in his son's crime. Did he instigate his son to harass the girl? Or did he try to impede the prosecution? Nothing suggests as yet that this was the case.


Nitish Kumar’s homecoming is BJP’s loss; may arrest Narendra Modi-Amit Shah onward march in Bihar

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has always risen high in the company of BJP and not the other way round


Bihar Mahagathbandhan a likely casualty as Nitish's good governance locks horns with Lalu's secularism

During his 15-year-reign in Bihar between 1990 and 2005, Lalu Prasad Yadav hardly cared about good governance, transparency and the development of Bihar. Corruption was no issue, given his undoubted skills in marketing his Yadav caste.


Terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims: High time supporters of Kashmiri radicals in India are taken to task

The inclination towards Islamisation that gathered momentum in the 1990s always saw active participation from the separatists who in turn had the backing from Pakistan and even Indians who were favourable of this trend.


Narendra Modi leaves for Israel: Netanyahu's balancing act with India, China is a boon for Tel Aviv's interests

Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to keep Israel’s marriage with China and friendship with India's Narendra Modi stable and enduring.


Sikkim standoff: Beijing should realise Bhutan is as important to India as North Korea is to China

The ongoing face-off between the Indian and Chinese troops over in Sikkim raises questions for both India and China.


Narendra Modi’s US visit underplayed issues of diaspora; tiptoeing Donald Trump could push away Indian caucus

By underplaying crucial issues that affect the Indian diaspora such as increasing restrictions on visa, Narendra Modi may have pushed away the Indian caucus that has always worked towards India's benefit


Darjeeling unrest: Gorkhaland movement is a question of identity, not development

All these arguments, both in favour of and against the creation of smaller states, do not apply in the case of the proposed state of Gorkhaland.


Politics over Ram Nath Kovind's ascension as NDA candidate point to importance of presidential post

The race to Raisina Hill is interesting because in Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will like to have a president who shares a common vision


Farm loan waiver: Why government should think beyond freebies to help poor farmers

Poverty in India has become intrinsically linked with the overdependence of the majority on agriculture


CBI raids Prannoy Roy's home: Arun Shourie's battle for press freedom is only for media elite

Ever since the CBI raided the home of the NDTV promoter Prannoy Roy earlier this week, a concerted campaign has been launched by a section of the media, alleging that the freedom of the press is under severe threat from the Narendra Modi-led government.


Narendra Modi in Astana: SCO membership raises questions on India's foreign policy, group's efficacy

If the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) works towards the common prosperity and stability of the member countries, it will emerge as the biggest contributor towards global peace, co-operation and prosperity, but the big question is: will it? But the big question is: will it?


Women in combat roles: Move an attempt to change mindset of armed forces, in favour of gender sensitisation

General Bipin Rawat’s statement on Sunday (4 June) that the Indian Army is all set to open up combat positions for women has been widely welcomed as a recognition of nari shakti (women power).


Narendra Modi in France: For true meaning of PM's visit, look beyond headlines on climate and terror

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just returned from his four-nation visit to Europe: Germany, Spain, Russia and France. Strictly speaking, Russia is a country belonging to Eurasia, as bulk of its territory lies in Asia. And India’s relations with Russia have been unique in more ways than one.

First Cricket News

Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble 'rift': Indian captain should understand the coach isn't simply his yes man

The mother of all questions is whether Kohli is bigger than cricket? If it is so, then the BCCI has two options: either be dictated by the captain or relieve him from the captaincy.


Mani Shankar Aiyar's meeting with Hurriyat leaders reflects double-standards of peaceniks in India

Mani Shankar Aiyar who, as a part of a so-called civil society group, met on Thursday almost all the leading separatist Hurriyat leaders in Srinagar.


Is Indian Air Force prepared to fight a two-front war, mount an effective defence?

IAF can defend India in a short and sudden two-front war against China and Pakistan. However, things will be uncertain if the war gets prolonged.


How the Narendra Modi govt is systematically paving the way for a nuclear-powered India

The generation of nuclear power in India got a big boost on Wednesday with the Union Cabinet's decision to construct 10 indigenous nuclear reactors.


India skips Belt Road Forum meet: Let's not fret, history is not on China's side

Has India harmed itself by not participating in the Chinese One Belt One Road (OBOR) event, a two-day global meet on which began in Beijing on 14 May?