OPINION
In People Perception, When Gods Become Satans?
HEALERS OR PREDATORS?
22.06.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

IT TOOK SEVEN days for the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to do what she should have done on the first or second day of the incident in which a junior doctor was attacked by the relatives of a patient who died while being ...
  


SPORTS & POLITICS: HAND IN GLOVE — MS Dhoni’s Olive Green Balidan Gloves and the Black Gloves of Smith & Carlos
THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT
12.06.19 - S Pal

INDIA'S STAR cricketer MS Dhoni found a smart short-cut to become the country's chest-thumping nationalist hero by displaying on his wicketkeeping glove the emblem of the army's Paratrooper regiment during the match.

Media cameras paid special attention to the "Balidaan" logo, every nationalist and dyed-in-saffron television ...
  


Will Modi walk the talk?
Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas.
29.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s speech to the newly elected Members of Parliament from National Democratic Alliance was flawless. His generous references to inclusiveness and extending a hand to minorities did surprise many. To the old slogan of Sabka sath, Sabka Vikas, he added  Sabka Vishwas.

Not ...
  


The Voters' Psychology
DECONSTRUCTING MODI – KITNA MAZBOOT?
24.05.19 - Swarajbir

Note — As India is in the throes of the narrative about a Mazboot Neta/Mazboot Sarkar, here is a piece by Swarajbir, Punjab’s foremost playwright and poet, and also the editor of Punjabi Tribune, on the psychology that goes into the election of a leader ...
  


Dark clouds over the constitutional institutions
TRANSPARENCY AND OPACITY
23.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

IN AN AGE of information explosion and demand for transparency in the functioning of various institutions, the country is seeing an increasing trend where attempts are being made by these institutions to put a lid over their functioning. Of course governments always like to restrict ...
  


What will be the outcome?
GENERAL ELECTIONS 2019
16.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

WITH THE OUTCOME of the general elections just a week away, and voting to be completed in just 59 seats, all eyes are on the performances of various parties and formation of the new government.

It has been a long and hard fought elections with political ...
  


Why is Modi getting so insecure?
ELECTION ISSUES BEING DEBATED NOW
09.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

EVEN AS WE are in the middle of the election campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, one aspect that stands out starkly is the issues that are being talked about to influence the voters.

None of the major political parties are focusing on the real issues ...
  


What happened in that room? Cast your vote.
THE QUESTION SUPREME
08.05.19 -

Your politician is not talking about it, even when he is talking incessantly about issues that matter to you. But why are you silent? 

S Pal 
 
A WOMAN EMPLOYEE of the Supreme Court, who was in direct touch with the Chief Justice of India, thanks to her ...
  


If Modi is defeated, what happens next?
07.05.19 - Jawed Naqvi

IT IS DISTINCTLY possible that Narendra Modi won’t be the next prime minister, and Rahul Gandhi is not the only one saying that. Of course, there are two more suspenseful laps to go before the May 23 results come in.

As Rahul and others have guessed, ...
  


Congress bent upon scoring self goals
LOSING THE PERCEPTION GAME
01.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

THE CONGRESS, which has ruled the country for nearly 60 years of its independence, appears to be suffering from a death wish. The way the party had been scoring self goals in the recent past may be sounding music for the BJP but would be ...
  


Now, Judiciary must follow the rule of law and proper procedures
CJI GOGOI SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE
26.04.19 - Vipin Pubby

FOR THE SECOND TIME within a year, the highest court of the land has come under a cloud of controversy. Both the incidents have been unprecedented and have brought the functioning of one of the three pillars of democracy under a close lens.

The current Chief ...
  


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 ...
  



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