Are We Sliding Back To The Medieval Period?
03.07.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

Of late several videos have emerged on the social media which should make us all collectively hang our heads in shame. Instead of moving towards modernisation, refinement of thought process and growth of society, we seem to be sliding back to the medieval period ...

Caste and other demons; Can Dalits rightfully claim that they have a ‘homeland’?
The Doctor and The Saint
24.06.19 - Subhash Gatade

"Gandhiji, I have no homeland.” The first meeting between Gandhi and B. R. Ambedkar, who later became chairman of the drafting committee of independent India’s Constitution and its first law minister, is memorialized in this sentence. It expresses the centuries-old plight of those most oppressed ...

Machismo in Punjab
13.06.19 - Ramjot Sodhi

Punjab as a society is popular for its dances, songs, bravery, generosity and loudness. To understand Punjab, one has to look at it in the light of the centuries of wars and battles at this "Gateway to India". This history has fuelled the idea that ...

Should film actors join politics: The Urmila Matondkar-Sunny Deol Yardstick
02.05.19 - S Pal

"Navjot Sidhu was also just a cricketer and a comedian. And Bhagwant Mann or Gurpreet Ghuggi were just stand up comics on middling Punjabi television shows, sometimes starring in low-budget shoddily-written Punjabi movies. If people accepted them in politics, what is wrong with Sunny Deol? ...

Need for mending ties with the Sikh Diaspora
26.04.19 - Tridivesh Singh Maini

In November 2019, Sikhs world over will commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of their faith, Guru Nanak Dev. The first Guru was not just a social reformer, crusader and poet, but also a traveler as is clearly evident from the distance travelled ...

The Arnab Goswami-Shekhar Gupta Spat on TV – Intelligentsia Reacts
09.04.19 - PT MEDIA DESK

WITH SANER SECTIONS of society already sorely miffed with the mainstream media, particularly news television, the latest onslaught by Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami against fellow editor and media entrepreneur Shekhar Gupta and his venture The Print, reported by Punjab Today, has elicited strong reactions from ...

.... and justice for the victims remains awaited.
28.03.19 - Vipin Pubby

THERE APPEARS TO be a pattern in the acquittals in cases pertaining to a series of bomb blasts mainly targeting mosques during a two year period of 2006 to 2008. The investigations and prosecution by the National Investigations Agency (NIA) are falling in the courts ...

Bloodied pilot is page one material for some, not so for others
27.02.19 - S Pal

WHILE LEADING INDIAN newspapers and news television channels, including The Times of India and NDTV, consciously decided and declared that they will not be using videos and images from the videos of the Indian pilot now in Pakistan custody, some other media houses went ahead ...

KISANI DA SANKAT – The Farm Crisis – When An Editor Gives Them Those Ones
11.02.19 -

Swaraj Bir Singh & Swarajbir. Can one individual have two names, two personae? But then, he has always had it good, twice over. For someone deeply interested in poetry, not just reading other people's verses but penning his own, he went and studied medicine, and ...

India, Pak must widen bond street via people-to-people contact, trade
30.01.19 - Tridivesh Singh Maini

It is no secret, that bilateral trade and people to people ties have suffered as a result of estranged relations between New Delhi and Pakistan for the past 7 decades. Some recent developments especially pertaining to religious tourism and links between the two Punjab’s have ...

A Metaphor for Migration

ABOUT A DECADE back driving on the Interstate 93 near Boston, my host who had left Panjab as a kid, started singing from the famous epic tragic romance Heer Ranjha. I asked him how he knew the lines? He replied his grandmother used to sing ...

‘I’m livid about the film, but…’: The secret journal of Manmohan Singh
13.01.19 - Overrated Outcast*

REMEMBER THAT dumb book Sanjay Baru wrote about his time as my media advisor? Yeah, it’s a movie now. And Anupam Kher is playing me. I am livid about the movie but that is a little flattering. Narendar got Vivek Oberoi – the poor man’s ...

Who should apologise for centuries of injustice in India?
28.12.18 - H. K. DUA

Ambassador Surendra Kumar has spent a life time in the Foreign Services but during his years of diplomacy, he did not forget the issues that afflicted the people at home. This is too clear from a short volume he has come out titled, Who Should ...

It happened there, so everyone's shocked. It happens here. No one is.
19.12.18 - PT Bureau

WHAT HAPPENED in a bar in this distant Nordic island country with a population of 3.5 lakh has triggered a storm, but it happens in India on a daily basis -- at a restaurant, in our newsrooms, in the offices of political parties, at sundry ...

The Comfort of Objects - Walking the streets of Trilokpuri
17.12.18 -

Now that Sajjan Kumar is on his way to jail for life and the senior Congress leadership is in the dock once again, it is time to revisit aspects of the 1984 pogroms.

Ironically, Sajjan Kumar was given the life imprisonment on the day Kamal Nath ...

SAY SORRY: Understanding the Idea of a Political Apology
01.11.18 - S Pal

ONCE AGAIN, the 34th anniversary of November anti-Sikh massacres saw sporadic voices asking the Congress to apologise for the murder of nearly 3,000 Sikhs in the national capital, and of many others elsewhere. Some time back when Rahul Gandhi tried to proffer that his party ...

The Comfort of Objects - Walking the streets of Trilokpuri
29.10.18 - SP SINGH

Senior journalist S P Singh, who anchors the television debate program, "Daleel with SP Singh," wrote a very poignant column in the Punjabi Tribune of Monday, October 29, 2018. It tells the story of 1984, and of the 'Mela Gadri Babiyan Da.' This mela, which ...

Allah to Prayag
17.10.18 - Amandeep Sandhu

BEFORE VIOLENCE OCCURS in the physical world, it occurs in language. Naming a person, a place, a thing is a hegemony reserved for the rulers, so are statistics, so are reports. Through naming one can make visible or disappear people, places, histories. It is in ...

The story of the gate is not the story of the house
02.10.18 - Amandeep Sandhu

Wikipedia carries a long article on the September 2016 Uri attack. I scanned it to see if it mentioned Punjab. I drew a blank. 17 soldiers lost their lives and 19 were injured to the pre-dawn attack by allegedly Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad when four infiltrators ...

Badals Under Cloud As Cracks Appear In Akali Dal
12.09.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

FOR OVER A decade the Badal clan had a free run as it consolidated its hold over the Shiromani Akali Dal as well as the state government in the absence of Akali stalwarts like Jagdev Singh Talwandi, Gurcharan Singh Tohra and Sant Harchand Singh Langowal. ...

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