Indian Democracy at Cross-roads 7: Indira Gandhi’s Conflict with Congress Veterans that led to the F
Indian Democracy at Cross-roads 7: Indira Gandhi’s Conflict with Congress Veterans that led to the F

As I had mentioned at the end of the last installment of ‘Indian Democracy at Cross-roads 5’, the echo of Narendra Modi’s attempt to consolidate his hold over the party and prime ministerial claim by sidetracking BJP.. [By Dr Eugene DSouza]

Indian democracy at Cross-roads 6: Economic Models-Gujarat Model vs. AAP Model
Indian democracy at Cross-roads 6: Economic Models-Gujarat Model vs. AAP Model

I suggested going to Vadodara by car. But my American friend won’t trust Indian roads. He is scared of ending up in a body bag. We mutual consent, we take 12009/Mumbai Central- Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express.. [By Philip Mudartha]

Indian Democracy at Cross-roads 5:  Narendra Modi  clears way for him by sidetracking BJP Veterans
Indian Democracy at Cross-roads 5: Narendra Modi clears way for him by sidetracking BJP Veterans

Narendra Modi did not hide his intention of bypassing veteran leaders of his party, either at the state or national level in an attempt to consolidate his hold over the government in Gujarat and his endeavour to form the next .. [By Dr Eugene DSouza]

Indian democracy 4: An experiment with Alternate Economic Model-Gujarat Model Vs Kerala Model
Indian democracy 4: An experiment with Alternate Economic Model-Gujarat Model Vs Kerala Model

Indian democracy at crossroads 3 concludes: ….coalition governments could never be stable as history had proved. In the light of these historical facts, other than NDA or UPA.. [By Philip Mudartha]

Indian Democracy at Cross-roads 3: Experiment in Coalition Politics-Rise and Fall of the Janata Gove
Indian Democracy at Cross-roads 3: Experiment in Coalition Politics-Rise and Fall of the Janata Gove

As the country is in the election mode and there is much speculation about the emergence of the Third Front of Alternate Front, it would be appropriate to recall the first experiment in the coalition government.. [By Dr Eugene DSouza]

Indian Democracy at Cross-roads - Part 2: Who is Afraid of Narendra Modi..?
Indian Democracy at Cross-roads - Part 2: Who is Afraid of Narendra Modi..?

Narendra Modi, if you did not know already, is Gujarat Chief Minister since 7th October 2001. He joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) in his teen years and was seconded to leadership roles within its political.. [By Philip Mudartha]

General Election-2014: Indian Democracy at Cross-roads - Part 1
General Election-2014: Indian Democracy at Cross-roads - Part 1

When the Election Commission of India announced the calendar of events for holding the general elections for the 16th Lok Sabha, which has to be constituted by June 1, there were hardly any surprises. Almost all the political parties, both national as well as regional, as also the country were

Travelogue 3: Is there anything to see in Bahrain?
Travelogue 3: Is there anything to see in Bahrain?

Ask an Indian this question. The most likely answer is no. Ask a Brit the same question and he certainly would say that there is a lot to see and do. What if we ask this question to a Saudi? Well, I will come to the most probable answer immediately. Thirty six years.. [By Philip Mudartha]

Soursop: The Thorny Graviola Fruit-Is it natural ‘miracle’ remedy for cancer?
Soursop: The Thorny Graviola Fruit-Is it natural ‘miracle’ remedy for cancer?

Few weeks back, when I had to go to Bangalore to attend my late brother’s first death anniversary memorial mass, my sister-in-law on phone asked me to get the Soursop also known as the fruit from the Graviola tree [By Dr. Eugene DSouza]

Travelogue 2: Thailand, As smooth as silk? You are kidding!
Travelogue 2: Thailand, As smooth as silk? You are kidding!

They give us Indians visa on arrival in Bangkok. Deplane and follow fellow Indians. If you erred in answering nature’s call, brushing your teeth or freshening you after a red-eye midnight night flight from Mumbai, don’t make the second mistake: [By Philip Mudartha]

Aap ke khatir, Aap ke saat: AAP ki Jhadu Yatra
Aap ke khatir, Aap ke saat: AAP ki Jhadu Yatra

Politics makes strange bed-fellows. The irony is that sworn enemies of Indian politics, BJP and INC, embraced in a Valentines act. Their mission: to prevent tabling of Delhi Jan Lok Pal (DJLP) Bill-2014 in Delhi NCT legislative assembly by arch-rival AAP. [By Philip Mudartha]

Valentine’s Day: The Agony and Ecstasy of Lovers-Beware of Moral Policing
Valentine’s Day: The Agony and Ecstasy of Lovers-Beware of Moral Policing

As the Valentine’s Day (February 14) approaches, souvenir shops are busy stocking ‘Valentine’s Day’ memorabilia, spouses and young lovers who have been following the ‘Valentine’s Day’ tradition have great expectations from their counterparts as to how they would manifest their love and affection towards them on this special day. On the other hand, the right-wing activists who have been not only opposed but have had the tradition of disrupting such ‘un-Indian’ culture have been sharpening their claws to pounce upon shops selling any symbol of expression of love-may be heart shaped or any kind of Valentine Cards, memorabilia or even roses meant for the Valentine’s Day [By Dr. Eugene DSouza]

Kuwait: Remal International Festival-A unique celebration entertainment and sand art
Kuwait: Remal International Festival-A unique celebration entertainment and sand art

Award-winning sculptor and stone mason Delayne Corbett has spent the last few months in Kuwait as part of an international team building the world’s largest sand sculpture park for the Remal International Sand and Light [By John V Tauro]

Aam Aadmi and mango people: Encounters of two kinds of common people
Aam Aadmi and mango people: Encounters of two kinds of common people

I arrive at IGI Airport in Delhi and rush through its swanky terminal 3 with both pride and awe. The terminal is one of the best in the world. It is spick clean and shining. It is efficient. I walk the red carpet to the Meru Cab booking [By Philip Mudartha]

AAP se pehle, AAP se jyada: AK guns for top job
AAP se pehle, AAP se jyada: AK guns for top job

The General Elections are round the corner. The country is on election mode for more than a year now. Larger than life cut-outs of Narendra Modi have been glaring down at us in most towns and village nukkads in battlefield states all over the country. No to be left.. [By Philip Mudartha]

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