Ravi Shanker Kapoor

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Imperial loot of India is a myth

In our schools and colleges, we are told how British rule was an unmitigated disaster, how our imperial rulers looted...

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When faith acts as a stimulant

As Kanwarias throng the cities and towns of northern India, people at large patiently suffer the inconvenience of blocked or...

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When ‘Moral Policeman’ Nitish ignored horrible immorality

It was the welfarist apparatus, funded by taxpayer money, that was used to run a brothel. It took a visit...

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Reasoned debate, RIP, abuse (and abuser), welcome

Rarely, if ever, was logic so distant from ethics in political discourse in India. From ad hominem and tu quoque...

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‘Bad’ better than ‘good’ in cinema, literature

Given our natural predilection for the deviant and the unusual, a movie on Sanjay Dutt was anyway due.   T^he...

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Net neutrality: A socialist idea whose time has come

By accepting net neutrality, the government has proved that it is committed to socialism.   You can trust India to...

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MSP hike is both bad politics and economics

The decision may provide some succour to agriculturists, but the claim that it would end farm distress is a gross...

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Another awful report targets India

The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey, which says that India is the world’s most dangerous country for women, is an affront...

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MEA must move beyond Nehruvian past

Our foreign office must perceive the machinations of pinkish UN tsars and discern the pattern in UN actions.   John...

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Little sweet in sugar package

Rural distress is not restricted to sugarcane farmers. Redemption is possible only with structural reforms.   The Rs 7,000-crore sugar...

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Disinvestment, then and now

It seems that the incumbent regime is uncomfortable with the D-word.   We don’t slaughter cows, Arun Shourie once said,...

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Sterlite: When Caesarism undermines administration

The casualty is the image of India as an investment destination.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi is often accused of...

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George Orwell 2.0 in Karnataka

Lawmakers elected by people are herded, flocked, and shepherded by party bosses. Is it democracy?   During the high-voltage drama...

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Feminism is illiberal

The recent spate of rapes highlighted by the media has once again brought the champions of feminism to the fore....

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Liberals on jihad mode against Kanye West and the West

The rapper Kanye West’s slavery remarks are indeed insensitive. He suggested that the blacks in America chose to become and...

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We need policing, not moral policing

Instead of tilting at windmills and crusading against porn, focus should be on improving law and order.   Our politicians...

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Rape and reason: Remedy is in improving justice delivery system

If rape and murder have the same punishment, the culprit will find it reasonable to kill the victim, for this...

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Tripura sheds Left-inspired stagnation

At 46, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is young by the standards of Indian politicians—and looks younger and fitter...

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Aadhaar: Eternal surveillance is the price of welfarism

Left-leaning activists crying themselves hoarse over Aadhaar are being delusional.   The Supreme Court has rightly raised questions about the...

Farming woes: The cure is not more socialism

That rhetoric and events are no substitute for reforms is increasingly becoming evident in the economic sphere. The farmers’ march...

Oligarchs’ code broken

On 28 February, the arrest of Karti Chidambaram, son of Congress leader and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, by the...

Privatisation only solution to improve public banks

Tis a lesson you should heed:/Try, try, try again./If at first you don’t succeed,/Try, try, try again—so goes the inspirational...

Budget 2018-19 flirts with socialism

The budget that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented on 1 February has confirmed, if any confirmation was needed, that...

Hurting sentiments not reason enough to ban books, movies

The grounds offered for banning movies, books, etc., in India are so wide ranging that if these are accepted, all...