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When those who report elections go to the polls!
CHANDIGARH PRESS CLUB
24.03.18 - PT BUREAU

JOURNALISTS IN THE city of Chandigarh, home to the governments of Punjab and Haryana as well as the Chandigarh Union Territory, have been in the throes of an exciting, adrenalin-pumping, competitive and no-holds-barred joust — the elections to the Chandigarh Press Club.

It is a travesty of our times that members of a community which reports on every aspect of life, from the extremely significant to the utterly trivial, haven’t considered it worth their while to report on themselves.

The elections to the Chandigarh Press Club, an annual affair, present an abridged version of Raag Darbari, possibly with an extended cast. 

These could have been an example to our politicians, or trade unionists, or bodies of teachers, doctors, nurses, secretariat employees and innumerable other organisations, about how to wage a fair fight, present your view point, canvass, blow holes into the opposition's arguments and carry the day with logic, an appeal to good ...
  


Kejriwal fails to draw lessons; gets a rap
23.03.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

IT WAS JUST a year ago that the Aam Aadmi Party was making a serious bid to wrest power in Punjab and use it as a stepping stone for providing a national alternative to the Bharatiya Janata Party. It had to settle for the role of the main opposition party after the Congress led by Capt Amarinder Singh wrested power in the state.

Barely a year into its role, with one of its legislators elected Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, the party is finding itself in deep crisis. Although a split in the party is unlikely, partly due to the anti-defection laws, the open dissension and airing of resentment by top leaders has dented its credibility.

The inept handling of the situation in the wake of an unconditional apology tendered by Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, which triggered the crisis, could have been avoided ...
  


Amarinder govt’s love for farmers, and my dad's for his scooter
LOAN WAIVER FUNCTION II – MARCH 14 WILL BE REPEAT OF MANSA MESS-UP
08.03.18 - Nischay Pal

4.6 per cent. Four point six per cent. That's the mathematically-derived score achieved by the Punjab Government after one year of working hard to ameliorate the lot of the farmers. 

On the floor of the Assembly, CM Amarinder Singh announced a limited, conditional farm loan waiver that was to cover 10.22 lakh farmers. So far, about 46,000 have been covered as per the government's own claims. It had even held a massive function in Mansa to showcase its grand achievement. 

Now, it is holding yet another major loan waiver event in Doaba, and you must feel free to add that percentage to its annual score.

The Punjab Government, which won the hearts of the farmers of Punjab by holding a massive state function with taxpayers' money and gave farmers 6 feet x 3 feet IPL style certificates of loan waiver in Mansa in January, will now do the same for more farmers on ...
  


Amarinder govt’s love for farmers, and my dad's for his scooter
LOAN WAIVER FUNCTION II – MARCH 14 WILL BE REPEAT OF MANSA MESS-UP
08.03.18 - Nischay Pal

4.6 per cent. Four point six per cent. That's the mathematically-derived score achieved by the Punjab Government after one year of working hard to ameliorate the lot of the farmers. 

On the floor of the Assembly, CM Amarinder Singh announced a limited, conditional farm loan waiver that was to cover 10.22 lakh farmers. So far, about 46,000 have been covered as per the government's own claims. It had even held a massive function in Mansa to showcase its grand achievement. 

Now, it is holding yet another major loan waiver event in Doaba, and you must feel free to add that percentage to its annual score.

The Punjab Government, which won the hearts of the farmers of Punjab by holding a massive state function with taxpayers' money and gave farmers 6 feet x 3 feet IPL style certificates of loan waiver in Mansa in January, will now do the same for more farmers on ...
  


Punjab is still very far from India
04.03.18 - Amandeep Sandhu

A WEEK HAS PASSED since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team including Sikh ministers came and left India. Through the visit, I watched with rising dismay, how a diplomatic disaster unfolded between two friendly countries because of one word – Khalistan. My dismay was not at the powers that be, we know them. My dismay was towards how people like me,  the liberals - committed to make democracy work, pursue justice, oppose the growing jingoistic saffronization of our nation - had behaved.  
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These days the liberals battle for Najeeb. Per a recent report, Punjab has 8257 Najeebs, or Singhs, or Kumars - the kind of enforced disappearances and killings going on right now Uttar Pradesh and earlier in Gujarat. The liberals battle for Judge Loya. Do they forget Advocate Khalra? 
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In 2013, at the Bangalore Literature Festival, in a panel discussion on The Gujarat Model: Is economic development a garb ...
  



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