Ranjit Bhushan
New Delhi
My Stories
Fifth Columnist: Get the mayors back

The state of municipal administration in India is such that urban planning needs a radical rethink, a cataclysmic change both at the level of ideas and execution of plans, to reach a stage where sm

Fifth Columnist: A country of quacks

Physician, heal thyself. This ancient Greek idiom, fits India of the 21st century like a pair of gloves.

Fifth Columnist: Anti-corruption RIP

In several phases of the Congress Raj, more specifically in the 1980s and later in the UPA decade post-2004, India witnessed a series of anti-corruption movements, the one defining moment of which

Fifth Columnist: Lion of Kashmir

One of the most viral social media clips this week was Farooq Abdullah yelling at a TV anchor, who had dared to ask him whether he considered himself an Indian.

Fifth Columnist: Mahalanobis junked

Rarely has a country been at the economic crossroads as India is. In military or party dictatorships, economic policy runs a course dictated strongly by political logic.

Fifth Columnist: History as politics

For one of the fastest growing economies in the world, it is not a bit surprising that money does not dominates

India’s Weinstein effect

For those looking for the Harvey Weinstein effect in India, have been surprised, even though they shouldn’t be.

Fifth Columnist: NGO blues

The civil society constitutes a motley assemblage: voluntary activists, PIL lawyers, media persons, general do-gooders, public spiri

Fifth Columnist: Battle of ideas

Whatever the interpretation offered by eminence grise in this country, and of which there are many, the Constitution of India is clear on one aspect: each institution i

Fifth Columnist: Pride & Prejudice

In India’s federal structure, a politician derives his essential power base from his or her state before he or she aspires for