Rajesh Singh


Rajesh Singh is Opinion Editor of The Pioneer 

Writing off farm loans: Is this the way out?

Friday, 23 Jun 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Big Story

Discontent, anger and unrest among farmers did not erupt a few weeks ago. It had been there when the UPA regime ruled; and existed since earlier than that. Whenever farmer sentiments threatened to manifest or began to manifest in politically inconvenient ways, the Government under siege applied a quick-fix method:...

Modi's foreign policy: Realism at the core

Friday, 16 Jun 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Big Story

The Realists are unanimous that the pursuit of national interest must be treated as the principal justification for all state action. Theorists have, nevertheless, faced problems in defining national interest. Is it the sum total of the interests of all citizens of a nation? Is it an expression of the...

Relationship that will not end despite everything

Thursday, 15 Jun 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Edit

While talking to people on the streets of Kathmandu and neighbouring towns, one realises that India is both liked and resented. New Delhi must use the first to dilute the second There is a general sense of nonchalance over the change of political guard in Kathmandu. The man on the streets...

Plentiful of choice, but people prefer Modi

Thursday, 01 Jun 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Edit

It’s erroneous to conclude that the Prime Minister sustains his enormous popularity because he has no credible competition, and not because of his positives After having exhausted all reasons, including some incredulous ones, for Narendra Modi’s sustained popularity among the people, his critics have settled on the following: The Prime Minister’s...

The iconic self-realisation book

Friday, 19 May 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Big Story

Its timeless appeal lies in the universality of the stories Yogananda shares It could only be a coincidence, but what a coincidence it was! The world was still struggling to make sense of an audacious American writer by the name of Ayn Rand, who unapologetically pushed for the libertarian concept of...

Down and out versus down but not out

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Edit

If adversity brings out the best in a political organisation, it can also throw up the worst. The swing factor here is the moral fabric of the party in question The tensile strength of a political party in a democracy is tested in times of adversity. If a party takes defeats...

Left-Liberal hyphenation What a joke!

Friday, 12 May 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Big Story

Marxists are proud of their illiberal credentials. But why are Liberals on the same page? In the frontline of the attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Government, the Bharatiya Janata Party, the RSS and its affiliates, and sundry other Right-of-Centre organisations such as the Shiv Sena, are what are commonly...

Actor who went beyond stardom

Sunday, 07 May 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Agenda Cover Story

A man does not know how good he is until he is dead — by when it’s too late. It seems surreal that someone like Vinod Khanna could be tamed. Stardom didn’t, spiritual calling did not, politics certainly failed to do so. But mortality is real while the others are...

Has he already lost the plot?

Friday, 05 May 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Big Story

The fictional Don Quixote had one Sancho Panza; the real Arvind Kejriwal has many. They are not just loyal to him but have contributed to the brainwash that the supremo is without blemish The problem with Arvind Kejriwal, to put it bluntly, is that he thinks no end of himself. His...

Now coming together, now falling apart

Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Edit

Coalitions formed to merely keep an individual out of power, rarely succeed. The Janata Party experiment and the Janata Dal cameo are classic examples. The grand alliance succeeded in Bihar because of BJP’s self-goals Things can change dramatically in Indian politics in three years’ time. But often, the more they change...


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