Gautaman Bhaskaran

For Gautaman Bhaskaran's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jun 21, 2011

Poverty highlights gaps in India's economy

In many ways, India can be highly deceptive and contradictory. There are millions of mobile phones floating around. Dozens of swank hotels. Just about every major car manufacturer has set up shop in the country. Several designers are showcasing and selling clothes that are ...

May 31, 2011

Business bent deflates the sails of India's left

A common joke used to make the rounds in Kolkata, where I grew up and found my footing in journalism. The joke was that West Bengal, whose capital city is Kolkata, was more Marxist than China — this in the heyday of communism. While ...

Apr 25, 2011

The lower odds for female births in India

India's 2011 census report has many heartening things to say. More educated men and women indicate a surge in literacy. People are living longer than ever before. Stability can be seen in the size of family; couples are having fewer children. One exception to this ...

Mar 25, 2011

India's Supreme Court allows euthanasia

CHENNAI, India — India's Supreme Court ruled March 14 that an Indian citizen has the right to die with dignity. There are understandable riders to this landmark judgment that said thousands of people leading a vegetative life could have their artificial support systems withdrawn ...

Mar 1, 2011

'Horizontal mobility' staves off revolt in India

CHENNAI, India — Now that President Hosni Mubarak has finally relinquished power in Egypt and the military has taken control, the question in India is whether such a people's revolt can possibly happen there. The issue has gained enormous significance in the light of how ...

Jan 31, 2011

Food inflation threatens Congress coalition

CHENNAI, India — French Queen Marie Antoinette's sarcastic suggestion that her starving subjects eat cake instead of bread turned out to be the spark that ignited the French Revolution. In the end, the queen paid with her head. In India, it is not a case ...

Dec 21, 2010

Wave-spectrum yard sale shadows Singh

CHENNAI, India — India may well be a case of two vastly different stories. One is a grand tale of its phenomenal success, while the other shocks and scandalizes you. India is the second-fastest growing nation in the world, and hopes to reach a growth ...

Nov 29, 2010

Trigger-happy Indian cops cut corners to deliver quick justice

CHENNAI, India — India's democracy is being increasingly tarnished by its police force, which uses brutally illegal methods to deal with crime. Some officers are staging incidents to murder people who have been arrested on suspicion of committing particularly heinous offenses. A suspect might be ...

Oct 19, 2010

Justice in mosque destruction takes its time

CHENNAI, India — Much like Charles Dickens' immortal classic "Tale of Two Cities," India's own saga of two religious shrines has been fraught with tragedy. On a cold December morning in 1992, a nearly 500-year-old mosque at Ayodhya, central India, was razed to the ...

Sep 28, 2010

Venetians raise blinds against nuclear plan

VENICE — It seemed incredible when drama rolled off the screen and onto the streets at Venice during its recent film festival. People played loud music, beat drums, blew trumpets and clashed cymbals to protest the government's decision to locate a nuclear reactor just ...