Monthly Archives: FEBRUARY 2019

Attacks on Kashmiri students is a crime against humanity
23.02.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

The senseless attack on security forces in Pulwama, which claimed the precious lives of over 40 security personnel, has put the focus back on the Kashmir issue and the involvement of Pakistan and terrorist organisations operating from that country.

The timing of the unfortunate attack is such that all other issues which were being raised during the run up to the ensuing general elections, like the problem of unemployment, demonetisation, roll out of GST and communalism, have taken a back seat.

Prime minister Narendra Modi has declared that the Army has been given the go ahead for an appropriate response which indicates that some major action is expected to be taken across the international border. His counterpart Imran Khan has threatened that Pakistan would retaliate.

Although all the major political parties have declared that they would not indulge in politics over the issue, the fact is that’s what is being done. It may ...

Goli Chhati Mein Maari, Ke Peeth Mein? Pistol Se, Ke Revolver Se?
21.02.19 - S Pal

IF YOU ARE really a patriotic citizen, a sacha desh premi, you should know the truthful answer to this simple question: Was Mahatma Gandhi shot at from the front, or was he shot in the back?

What did you say? No, wrong. Terribly wrong, and obviously misinformed. Stop calling yourself a desh bhagat!

We have it on authority from the RSS chief, and more committed desh bhagats are hard to find in India, that Gandhi was shot in the back, and not by Nathu Ram Godse. 

K.S. Sudarshan, then the RSS sarsanghchalak, made this shocking revelation. He, of course, always had access to never-before-known factoids, including the real reason behind the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Kar Sewaks had not brought down the structure, he had expounded. In fact, it was a bomb planted by the Congress that caused demolition. 

Some time in early 2005, the then editor-in-chief of the Indian Express, Shekhar Gupta, ...

Prime Minister’s Free Hand. Governor’s Merciless Offer. Pl say, “No, thank you.”
17.02.19 - S Pal

PRIME MINISTERS usually speak very carefully. That's why they have tremendous help to decide what to say. They have teams of speech writers who are great with words, and they have extremely savvy spin masters who know how to convey what needs to be conveyed to certain quarters without using language that is even a notch less than prime ministerial.

The words of a prime minister are very precious. They are taken very seriously. By those who love him, who vote for him, who disagree with him, and who hate him.

It starts with words.

That's why Prime Minister Narendra Modi's words, uttered in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu on February 10, 2019, were so very reassuring. The Prime Minister said the NDA government "is a government for each and every Indian.”  

That was before the dastardly attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama, Kashmir. Mr Modi is a very astute leader who knows the value ...

NaMo vs RaGa : Chances better for a third alternative or a dark horse
14.02.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

LARGE SECTIONS of media have been talking about the ensuing elections as a Modi versus Rahul contest. This Namo versus Raga question is also often asked during social interactions and even from total strangers.

The speculations are there despite the fact that we have a parliamentary system of government and not the presidential system as in the US. There is no ambiguity in that country about the identity of the two top contestants for the highest post of the country. In India, despite our constitutional system, we appear to be moving towards personality led political parties and some curiosity is bound to be there about who would led the country.

However that may not always be the case. After all was Dr Manmohan Singh ever projected as the PM candidate in 2004? He went on to remain at the post for 10 years. Or was PV Narasimha Rao ever projected as the ...

Congress Minister Takes Stand Against Nehru-Mahatma Gandhi-Rajiv-Sonia-Rahul Legacy
09.02.19 - S Pal

RAHUL GANDHI, THE RISING SUN/SON of the House of Gandhis, can justifiably claim that one of his dad Rajiv Gandhi's notable achievements was the ushering in of the panchayati raj in its current form, even though the Constitutional amendment came after the former premier's assassination.  

In fact, Rahul Gandhi can dig deeper and land up with the picture postcard of his granddad Jawaharlal Nehru lighting the lamp on Gandhi Jayanti, 2 October 1959, in Nagore, signalling the commencement of Panchayat Raj in the country, backed by laws prepared and passed by each State Assembly in India. 

During his free time, when his throat becomes hoarse from shouting Chowkidar Chor Hai at myriad rallies, Rahul Gandhi can actually read Nehru's speech on this historic occasion that elaborated the reasons and imperatives for Panchayat Raj.

(Read this speech, and some others besides Nehru's writings on Panchayati Raj in "Jawaharlal Nehru on Community Development, Panchayati Raj & ...

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