Monthly Archives: DECEMBER 2017

What is the problem with AAP?

A WISE ONE once told me: give every phenomena time and it shall reveal its true colours. In spite of following AAP's bid to power in the Punjab elections, in spite of all the critiques of AAP and its fickle nature of the revolution, I never spoke on it because there are things I dd not understand. Now they stand revealed.

AAP remains an urban middle-class effort whose greatest worry is its own status quo - sustenance and longevity. This is also its greatest bugbear.

The nation is witness to the PM's slight to Kejriwal over the Metro Magenta Line inauguration. It was gross, arrogant and in absolutely bad taste. Even without AAP having to cry hoarse, it gave the party an opportunity to play humble, slighted by power. A David to the centre and major political party's Goliath. The very reason AAP won twice in Delhi, second time at 67/70 - unprecedented ...

Napoleon painting row: Punjab Govt insists on riding its high horse
Guru Gobind Singh Ji astride Napoleon’s horse?
26.12.17 - S Pal

Top intellectuals call out the govt’s bluff as row rages further
ON THE FACE OF IT, this was the easiest controversy to be put to rest. 

Place both the paintings side by side — the one that figured in the Amarinder Singh government’s official advertisement to mark the 350th birth  celebrations of the Tenth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji, and the other painting of Napoleon Crossing the Alps, painted by a lackey court artist named Jacques-Louis David in the year 1802.

Now, one needs to have an IQ of less than 10 to decide if it is an outright thievery, an inspiration, a blending, a cultural exchange, or an idea refracting a different meaning. The defence that the Amarinder Government’s unnamed official spokesperson came up with can only be termed as a poor understanding of her/his job.

Most governments employ lackey spokespersons/advisors etc with a specific, well defined aim: when someone unduly ...

Do not go gentle into that good night
19.12.17 - Sanehead

WOULD BJP HAVE WON in Gujarat had polls been held, as they should have been, along with Himachal polls on 9 November and on perhaps 14 November for the second phase , instead of a month later?

Would Rahul have shone quite as much in Gujarat had polls been held there a month ago?

A day is a long time in politics.

A month can change fortunes several times over.

Yet we have taken this massive, unnatural manipulation of the ECI and its machinery by the ruling party at the centre so much into our stride that hardly any anchor or analyst even talks about it.

It suits the two big netas on both sides: each got a chance to show off.
For the Congress, projecting Rahul and justifying his coronation was as important if not more than actually winning the election.

Modi, too, had to show his ...

The Akali Dal's Defence & The Holes In That
15.12.17 - kanwar manjit singh

THE AKALI DAL'S DEFENCE in the case filed by Balwant Singh Khera in the Delhi High Court falls back on the Election Commission's refusal to take action against the political party. 

While Prashant Bhushan argued that even on the SGPC's own website, an Akali had been described as "one who demands that the Sikh voice is accorded a special political importance and who further acclaims that politics must NOT be wholly divorced from the postulates of religion,” thus falling short of the Constitutional mandate for secularism, the efforts by Balwant Singh Khera to get the Election Commission of India to act have failed miserably.

In 2005, Khera had petitioned the EC and also wrote a series of letters to the Constitutional body mandated to carry out elections in India, claiming that the Akali Dal's position was riddled with illegality, unconstitutionality and violation of fundamental rights. He urged for the party's de-recognition by ...

Akali Dal – Abhi to party shuru huyee hai...
13.12.17 - NISCHAY PAL

WITH CIVIC ELECTIONS LOOMING, and finding itself in a confrontationist posture, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has finally found an opportunity to hark back to its glorious history. Hence Sukhbir Singh Badal’s decision to observe the 97th anniversary of the Shiromani Akali Dal on December 14, 2017 at Diwan Hall, Gurudwara Manji Sahib, Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar.

Apart from the appropriateness of a political party choosing to observe its anniversary at a gurdwara, perilously close to violating the standing guidelines of the Supreme Court as well as the provisions of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951, the very fact that the exercise is being clearly seen in conjunction with the local bodies’ elections shows the SAD leadership tilts towards the panth only when its political hold is threatened.

The Badal duo is most fortunate in keeping a tight grip on the party since there hardly seems to be a second rung of ...




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