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Was Election Commission waiting for a reprimand from Supreme Court?
LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2019
19.04.19 - Vipin Pubby


HAVING CLOSELY watched and covered elections for the last forty years I can safely say that the ensuing Lok Sabha elections are proving to be most bitter and have brought down the electioneering debate standards to a new low.

There have always been exceptions in the ...
  


Britain hasn’t, but have you apologised?
JALLIANWALA BAGH 1919-2019
13.04.19 - S Pal

TO LIVE FOREVER in someone’s debt is to prolong the life of a good deed.
TO LIVE FOREVER with a sense of guilt is to prolong the life of an acknowledgement that a bad deed was indeed done, and that it must never ever happen ...
  


DANGAL 2019 – You can fight in Space, or you can fight on the ground
SPACE VS RACE — SPECTACLE VERSUS HARD QUESTIONS
03.04.19 - S Pal

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi went on national television to announce India now has the capability to shoot down an inimical spy satellite in space.

Indians are supposed to be ecstatic at this achievement, even though there has never been talk of anyone deploying a spy satellite ...
  


Jacinda Ardern's New Zealand, Modi's India, We in Punjab
27.03.19 - S Pal

THE BRAVE NEW India of Narendra Modi was so pissed off with repeated acts of terror, carried out by elements in Pakistan or those backed by them, that when an Indian youth rammed a car-full of explosives into the CRPF caravan in Pulwama and killed ...
  


Why Sukhbir Badal, Sunil Jakhar must go to Dera Sirsa followers and seek their votes? Or they should be arrested.
21.03.19 - S Pal

#Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar has said his party will not seek votes of Dera Sirsa.
 

#Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal has said his party will not be seeking the support of Dera Sirsa.
 
 
IF WE HAD BEEN living in different times, somewhat better times, ...
  


O Nanak! Our own seek to undo us
KHADOOR SAHIB - TO BECOME THE CYNOSURE OF PANJAB
13.03.19 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

WHATEVER HAPPENS in India in the 2019 elections, an unlikely constituency - Khadoor Sahib - is slated to become the cynosure of Panjab. In Khadoor Sahib a democratic electoral process has pitted two radically different Sikh ideologies against each other.

The town Sultanpur Lodhi, associated with ...
  


It is precisely during a crisis that the truth should be told
DISSENT IN CRISIS
09.03.19 - A. G. NOORANI

"WHAT is constantly said is that that you must not attack the government because it will endanger the country. There are times when the only safety of the country is attack upon the government, and it will be a grave dereliction of duty on the ...
  


Politicians, pl pause! Let the security forces do their job.
09.03.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

WHILE VARIOUS political parties had declared that the Indian Air Force attack on Jaish hideouts, and the subsequent air dual when Pakistani jets entered Indian territory, would not be politicised, it did not take much time for almost all these parties to do exactly the ...
  


Attacks on Kashmiri students is a crime against humanity
UNFORTUNATE FALLOUT OF THE PULWAMA ATTACK
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 ...
  


Goli Chhati Mein Maari, Ke Peeth Mein? Pistol Se, Ke Revolver Se?
READING GANDHI THROUGH PULWAMA
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 ...
  


Prime Minister’s Free Hand. Governor’s Merciless Offer. Pl say, “No, thank you.”
KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI
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 ...
  


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 ...
  


Congress Minister Takes Stand Against Nehru-Mahatma Gandhi-Rajiv-Sonia-Rahul Legacy
THE THREAT OF SELF-GOVERNMENT
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, ...
  


Another shameful chapter in the Centre-State relations
WB POLICE - CBI DRAMA
08.02.19 - Vipin Pubby

The recent drama in Kolkata, involving an aborted attempt by a CBI team to question the city’s police head, the team being taken to police station and the subsequent dharna by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, has added another shameful chapter in the centre-state ...
  


It’s less about arithmetic, more about chemistry among leaders
MAHAGATHBANDAN KI BAAT
27.01.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

WITH THE EXPECTED announcement of general elections in a couple of months all the political parties, as well as the government, have now got into election mode. The big question is whether the NDA Government would stage a comeback or whether a group of non-BJP ...
  


High public offices and provision of cooling off period for post retirement jobs
20.01.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

THE CONTROVERSY regarding the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation A K Verma had an unexpected fallout in the resignation of Justice A K Sikri from a post-retirement job. The judge, who is due for retirement in March, has maintained the highest standards of ...
  


Two Punjabs, India-Pakistan Trade and the China Factor
KARTARPUR CORRIDOR
11.01.19 - TRIDIVESH SINGH MAINI

After the foundation stone ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor on November 28, 2018, India and Pakistan were engaged in a war of words. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said a day after the ceremony that Prime Minister Imran Khan had thrown a "googly” as ...
  


The ground is shifting from hope to cynicism
POLITICAL LESSONS FOR 2019 FROM 2018
02.01.19 - Shankkar Aiyar

IN ONE OF his most profound reflections, Albert Einstein observed, "Time is an illusion”. And politics is probably the most eloquent and live installation of the distilled insight. It is, after all, what lies between what was and what will be. Those who do not ...
  


When watchdogs of democracy prefer to be lapdogs of the government
MEDIA & MODI GOVERNMENT
28.12.18 - VIPIN PUBBY

TWO RECENT MOVES by the central government have put the focus back on its attempt to extend surveillance on the general public and media. This is in addition to a series of steps aimed at controlling and keeping media on the leash.

It is common knowledge ...
  


It is for the rest of India to seek justice. The Sikhs are done with it.
GHOSTS OF 1984
20.12.18 - SP SINGH

UNSPEAKABLE ACTS OF cruelty occurred on the streets of India's national capital 34 years ago. Nearly 3,000 died. A frustrating pursuit of justice fell way short of the objective. The complicity of powers within the regime was the country’s worst-kept secret, and closure eluded the ...
  



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