Ashok Malik


Ashok Malik is a senior journalist with over 20 years of experience. He is a columnist with many leading publications and commentator on contemporary affairs

Gaining optimal results from a trip downplayed

Saturday, 01 Jul 2017 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

Prime Minister Modi has accomplished a US visit that is as strategic in its outcomes as America's and its President's current tactical mood will allow. It’s good enough Exactly how successful was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington, DC, and summit meeting with President Donald Trump? To answer that, one...

Interesting race for Rashtrapati Bhavan

Saturday, 17 Jun 2017 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

In the run-up to the presidential election, a certain degree of jockeying is apparent in the Opposition ranks. Political leaders have already started making permutations and combinations In the run-up to the presidential election, a certain degree of jockeying is apparent in the Opposition ranks. First, the Congress and a few...

Gentleman, scholar, pracharak and neta

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

With Anil Dave you could spend hours discussing a variety of issues, not mentioning politics at all, and come away the wiser. He was both erudite and polite to a fault In the summer of 2009, a journalist friend phoned and asked for recommendations. His newspaper had told him to profile...

OBOR: For India it’s a road to subjugation

Saturday, 06 May 2017 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

The end-goal of OBOR is to establish Chinese mastery over oceans and connectivity routes across Asia and between Asia and Europe. It is premised on an American vacation of strategic space in the coming 20 years As the Chinese prepare to host...

The City of Questions and Few Answers

Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

Does a single city like Delhi really need so many elected representatives and so many layers of governance and authority? If it has 70 MLAs and a State regime as well, does it need municipal corporations too? On Sunday, April 23, Delhi votes in municipal elections. What used to be just...

Uttar Pradesh: Riddle wrapped in mystery...

Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

It is not that the BJP has not made mistakes in elections since 2014, but it has learned from its mistakes and has not repeated the same errors. This is apparent in Uttar Pradesh. The rest is for March 11 to tell us It’s almost a parlour game in Delhi these...

Leadership is not an entitlement to be had

Saturday, 11 Feb 2017 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

Where and how the AIADMK conflict will conclude, cannot be forecast. When it does, it will throw up an organic leader who will capture the political turf and will do so by virtue of his/her political skills It is fairly obvious that any resolution to the AIADMK crisis will be short-lived....

Sansad Marg: A road that leads nowhere?

Saturday, 17 Dec 2016 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

We live in an age of politics as event management and drama. Politicians have a fishbowl existence and are under constant scrutiny, under pressure to perform, like actors pushed to respond in a particular manner In Parliament earlier this week, BJP veteran LK Advani lost his temper and expressed his anguish...

Strange verdict that must be reversed

Saturday, 03 Dec 2016 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

The apex court’s National Anthem order is not only bizarre, but is un-implementable and unenforceable. It is expanding its role and deciding it is at once lawmaker, rule-enforcer, adjudicator, and now moral guardian It is only a matter of time before the Supreme Court ends up modifying its order to play...

In memory of a soldier and a great statesman

Saturday, 19 Nov 2016 | Ashok Malik | in Edit

Those of us who were privileged to know Lt Gen Srinivas Kumar will miss him. Those who didn't know him will never know what they missed. He lived more in one lifetime than most of us will in three There is no doubt that the passing of Lieutenant General Srinivas Kumar...


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