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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
21.01.19 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

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.
TALKING MEN & WOMEN
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
REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE
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
SHOULD CONGRESS APOLOGISE FOR 1984?
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
REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE
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
NAMIMG GAMING
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
SURGICAL STRIKE DAY & WE THE PEOPLE
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. ...
  


Can this politics over sacrilege lead Punjab to communal polarization?
05.09.18 - I P Singh*

ARE REALLY RELIGION and politics being mixed in Punjab? Are Bargari sacrilege and Behbal Kalan firing religious issues or issues of delivering justice and fair investigation? Is Punjab heading towards communal polarisation? Are peace and communal harmony facing threat if the issue is being debated ...
  


Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal
AB HUYE SAB BARABAR – GRANTH SAHIB, GITA, QURAN, BIBLE
22.08.18 - S Pal

MANY SIKHS HAD a problem with a movie called Jo Bole So Nihal. Not too long ago, many Sikhs had a problem with Nanak Shah Fakir. Some sections of the Sikhs had an issue with the Aamir Khan starrer PK. A few pro-Badal Sikhs did ...
  


HORROR STORIES - Pharma exec asked to provide prostitutes to doc, top Delhi hospital switched liver transplant beneficiary's name
THE DOCTOR IS IN, AND IS CORRUPT
10.08.18 - Anita Pathania

Explosive new book by India's top docs, health experts tells the ugly truth about our hospitals, doctors

Oxford University Press book says kickbacks, bribes oil India's healthcare system
 
SOME OF INDIA'S most senior doctors, bureaucrats, journalists, sociologists and others have bared the ugly reality of predator-doctors looting ...
  


Will a helmet save a Kaur? Can she have a Kaur?
28.07.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

THE SHIROMANI GURDWARA PARBANDHAK Committee, considered the parliament of the Sikhs, is up in arms these days on issues related to Sikh women. While it is worked up against the use of the word Kaur by porn star Sunny Leone in the title of her ...
  


Digital Disorder; how it is affecting society the world over
23.07.18 - ZUBEIDA MUSTAFA

EARLIER THIS YEAR, WHO classified video-gaming as a disorder. It is defined in the draft Eleventh Revision of the International Classification of Diseases as a mental health condition. Understandably, controversy has erupted round this move as many experts believe that sufficient data doesn’t exist to ...
  


Simultaneous polls: An idea that must be dumped
AN IDEA THAT MILITATES AGAINST FEDERAL STRUCTURE
20.07.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

State Assembly elections are due in four states this year, in double that number of states besides the Lok Sabha elections next year, in three states during 2020 and in six states the following year. There has been no year in the recent past when ...
  


Punjab's drug problem needs a sober, well thought out strategy
High on atmospherics
13.07.18 - VIPIN PUBBY

DURING THE CAMPAIGN for the Punjab Assembly elections last year, Amarinder Singh, then the Congress’s chief ministerial candidate, had pledged to eradicate the State’s drug problem within four weeks of coming to power. Given the complexity of the issue, hardly anyone took his pledge seriously ...
  


No one speaks Kannada in Himachal Pradesh. No one cares, either.
THE MENTAL HOSPITAL-ITY OF DEVLOK HIMACHAL
11.07.18 - Anita Pathania

REPORTERS BECOME IMMUNE to certain shocking realities of life. Most reporters do not lose a wink of sleep after filing a headline that says 'Two dead in car, scooter accident.' You can call such loss of sensitivity a professional hazard. It's a trait reporters share ...
  



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