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Deconstructing the Idea of a Political Apology
NETA DOING SEWA — FOR MISTAKES UNSPECIFIED
09.12.18 - SP Singh*

PHOTOGRAPHS OF TOP leaders of the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal doing penance-style sewa at the Golden Temple are making a splash in the media. Memes, sarcastic comments and outright derogatory messages are doing the rounds on the social media, and the message-managing backroom boys of ...
  


VOICES OF DISSENT
07.12.18 - Tridivesh Singh Maini

With senior leaders quitting the Akali Dal and the AAP in disarray, the Congress is the biggest political beneficiary in Punjab

While both Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), cited deteriorating health as the reason for their ...
  


We need to ask what is the worst that can happen?
KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM
30.11.18 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

KEEPING HIS PROMISE, Pakistan premier Imran Khan today performed the ground breaking ceremony for the proposed Kartarpur Sahib corridor. On Monday, Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and east Panjab chief minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone at the Indian side at Dera Baba Nanak, ...
  


Did Army Chief miss mentioning “internal linkages” on actual terror in Punjab?
DISSECTING POLITICS OF SELECTIVE SILENCE
17.11.18 - I P Singh*

RECENTLY AT A SEMINAR in Delhi Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that attempts were being made through "external linkages” to "revive insurgency” in Punjab. "Let us not think that Punjab (situation) is over. We cannot close our eyes to what is happening in Punjab. ...
  


CONGRESS IN SGPC - Tript Rajinder Bajwa marks 60 years of this Congress dream
FRONT VIEW MIRROR
17.11.18 - S Pal

ON NOVEMBER 16, 2018, a senior minister of the Amarinder Singh government openly declared that the Congress-affiliated Sikhs will fight the elections to the SGPC to oust the Akali Dal.

Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa was marking the 60 years of the first major attempt by the ...
  


“Elections were coming up…Everybody wanted to forget the killings”
1984 ANTI SIKH VIOLENCE – 34 YEARS OF KADDU FARMING
01.11.18 - S Pal

"Three thousand Sikhs were killed in Delhi in just a couple of days. And still through those days, as through Blue Star earlier, hardly a Hindu was attacked across Punjab. In 1984, I grew proud of Punjab, and ashamed of Delhi."
— Sanjay Suri; 1984: The ...
  


Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?
FROM 1984 TO BARGARI
30.10.18 - S Pal

ONE READING OF any account of the victims of 1984, and your blood will boil. One meeting with a group of widows of anti-Sikh massacres of 1984, and your blood will boil. One quick read of the first person accounts of the November 1984 riots ...
  


Amarinder Singh, the coup in the CBI & the ED case: Headline is missing, so please read it between the lines
24.10.18 - S Pal

YOU WILL NOT read this headline in any newspaper, but you are not stupid, either. It's not a piece of news that you cannot read between the lines. That's why most readers often know more about our leaders than the newspapers/news television tell them.

It is ...
  


Questioning Bargari is a Civic Duty, Sanctioned by the Guru
19.10.18 - S Pal

THE PRIME PURPOSE of anyone even thinking of committing sacrilege of holy scriptures of any religion is to incite the devout. Such is the power of the blasphemy/sacrilege narrative that the devout get incited in accordance with the script.

None of this happens in a vacuum. ...
  


I saw MeToo in Sector 17, Chandigarh, & everyone missed it
11.10.18 - S Pal

WHILE THE MeToo movement in India must be welcomed, the fact remains that it is a movement of the elite. 

It must not be tarnished because it is an elite phenomenon so far; instead it should be celebrated and encouraged so that it hopefully expands, penetrates, ...
  


What one leaves behind
16.09.18 - Jawed Naqvi

ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE's ashes were immersed in the Ganga. Nehru had his scattered over the Himalayas from a plane. Theatre diva Zohra Sehgal desired no such fuss. She left a stark message for her followers to cremate her quietly and put her ashes in the ...
  


Punjab’s angry crowds – Unsheathed swords, swinging lathis. All for the Guru.
GURU KE LIYE, KUCHH BHEE KAREGA
07.09.18 - S Pal

THE CROWDS ARE angry, and they are baying for blood. The rulers are guiding them as to whose blood they must spill. Brandishing unsheathed swords, swinging sturdy lathis and shouting the war cry of Bole So Nihal, the devout are converging wherever they find a ...
  


Will Punjab see a new party by 2019? Panthic, nationalist, Punjabi, & without Badals
05.09.18 - S Pal

WILL PUNJAB SEE the emergence of a new political party, headed by Captain Amarinder Singh, panthic in nature and nationalist in its positioning, by 2019? Will Punjab see mid-term polls next year? The window is now wide open. 

With the Akali Dal sinking into a vortex ...
  


To save the faith
UNHOLY HASTE
02.09.18 - Amandeep Sandhu

MY UNCLE HAD always wanted to go back to his village in Punjab. When he passed away in Delhi mid-August, his daughter Minni took his body to village Chakklan, district Morinda. The shareeka — larger family, kin, village community — took over the funeral rites. ...
  


Hua Panthik-Panthik Punjab - How do we reclaim real politics?
FROM OFFICIAL TO MOCK, FROM ZEE TO PTC
01.09.18 - S Pal

IN SEARING HEAT and amid ricocheting gunfire, when the Vijayanta Tanks of the Indian Army rolled into the parikarma of Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, it solidified a long-term narrative in Punjab politics: that the Congress was anti-panthic, and the Akalis were a panthic lot.

For three ...
  


Pakistan, Navjot Sidhu & the hug: Amarinder Singh 2018 is opposing Amarinder Singh 2004
23.08.18 - S Pal

IS A SHORT-TERM political exigency actually eroding the goodwill capital earned by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh?

No one can dispute two simple facts: Firstly, that Captain Amarinder Singh had emerged as the harbinger of the Indo-Pak civilian discourse and steered a popular Punjab-Punjab narrative ...
  


Narendra Modi will fend off this attack from Vajpayee. He did it earlier, too.
THE NATIONAL CONSPIRACY AGAINST MODI
17.08.18 - S Pal

NO ONE HAS lost more than Narendra Modi in the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The former Prime Minister, who once reminded 'hamare Narendra Bhayee Modi' of his 'raj dharma,' seemed to have timed his death perfectly to deliver a message to the incumbent prime ...
  


Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?
13.08.18 - S Pal

WE LIVE IN 1947. It is midnight. A job is being done. An agenda is being implemented. We will see the morning only when the task is accomplished. Millions crossed the Radcliffe line; others are still being told to go. In 1947, the announcements were ...
  


Sikh rebellion: Questioning the SGPC's authority
10.08.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

THE Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), housed in the Golden Temple in Amritsar, is considered the Mini Parliament of the Sikhs. It holds sway over the affairs of this community with huge funds and vast powers at its disposal.

The Committee, which was set up under ...
  


Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election: NDA wins, Akali Dal loses
BINA SHART SHARTIYA SIYASI ILLAAJ
09.08.18 - S Pal

IN THE ELECTION of the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman on Thursday, the Akali Dal of Sukhbir Singh Badal lost rather badly, without even a consolation prize. That's the political result of the joust.

As for the electoral joust, Harivansh Narayan Singh of the Janata Dal (United) ...
  



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