Will Modi walk the talk?
Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas.
29.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s speech to the newly elected Members of Parliament from National Democratic Alliance was flawless. His generous references to inclusiveness and extending a hand to minorities did surprise many. To the old slogan of Sabka sath, Sabka Vikas, he added  Sabka Vishwas.

Not only his own party members but even his trenchant critics must not be having Vishwas that it was Modi speaking in that tenor. If only he would have said these words before the elections, the doubts and fears of minorities and also his critics would have been given a ray of hope. But perhaps he and his party may have lost out some votes of the fringe groups who have been out to spread terror among the minorities, including religious minorities. On the other hand, he would have gained support from a section of minorities as well as his critics who had been accusing him ...

RSS-Pranab meet: Time to bury old ghosts
13.06.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sewak Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, credited with inviting former President Pranab Mukherjee to the RSS headquarters at Nagpur, was wrong when he said the Sangh would remain Sangh and Mukherjee will remain what he is even after the event. Not only has the momentous event impacted the Sangh and the former president but hopefully the country’s political discourse for the better.

For the RSS to invite the former first citizen and dyed-in-the-wool Congress leader, who had spent decades in the party and had missed at least two chances of becoming prime minister by a whisker, was a remarkable initiative. For Mukherjee to accept and speak at the headquarters of an organisation which had been political anathema for him before he was elected the President, was a bold move. Even though he became ‘apolitical’ after entering the Rashtrapati Bhavan, he will always be known as one of the most prominent Congress ...

The Punjab-Punjab Ties: The Coordinated Silence of Amarinder Singh & Badals
02.03.18 - S Pal

THE COORDINATED SILENCE of seemingly rival politicians on a crucial issue tells us more about their real politics, than their incessantly glib statements. 

For those whose ears are trained to read silence, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of Congress and Parkash/Sukhbir Singh Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal are making a deafeningly loud statement these days about their actual politics by the simple art of keeping their mouths shut. In coordination.

Coordinated silence is a political stance. Welcome to the grand Amarinder-Badals-BJP-RSS lovefest. You can shout Bharat Mata Ki Jai – it will be very appropriate! 
Those were the days when Amarinder Singh trashed warmongers, hailed Pakistani Punjab's great culture, sat past midnight at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex on Lahore's Egerton Road, enjoying Pakistani songs, while Badals argued for robust Punjab-to-Punjab trade linkages and Indo-Pak talks.
Let's go to the beginning of the tail, or tale - both are appropriate, as you shall see.

After 14 ...

RENUKA'S LAUGHTER: Thank you for your guffaws. We needed this non-violent weapon.
11.02.18 - By Sanehead*

I AM SO GLAD Renuka Choudhury laughed and laughed uninhibitedly, laughed loud and long, at Narendra Modi’s extraordinary claims in the Parliament.

I am glad, even if sounded like a cackle, or seemed hysterical - for it was a full throated mature woman's honest, instinctive and uninhibited reaction, to what she found utterly ridiculous.

For it not only was the most natural, intelligent and instinctive human response to the vitriolic bombast but it also, at the same time, punctured the self important delivery like no words would have. It forced the demagogue to descend from his flight of fanciful anger to the level of bathos that was the real level of meanness he often embodies

I'm glad it evoked the indignation of the Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu whose attempts to chide Renuka Choudhury as if she was a schoolgirl and he her class teacher were themselves punctured by his master Modi's mock ...

Election Commission - You Failed to Convince. Try Again.
15.10.17 - By Punjab Today Editorial Board

Most Indian newspapers, including almost all English language newspapers, today carry a story that starts something like this: "Here is why EC did not announce dates for Gujarat assembly elections." All these news reports have dutifully reported the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K Jyoti's reasoning that the delay was because the Election Commission was worried about the state's welfare.


Jyoti said "there is no justification to have a prolonged period of the imposition of model code of conduct as it could hamper development work," and quoted a 2001 precedent when the law ministry and the EC had reached an understanding not to allow a gap of more than 21 days between the announcement of polls and date of notification for elections.


Clearly, it is Jyoti's case that the delay was not to accrue any undue benefit to the BJP, as was being alleged by the opposition.


Clearly, the CEC's explanation ...


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