Patiala, via Panchkula. Soon Reaching Your City. Hail Democracy!
20.09.17 - Kamjaat Singh

Welcome to Panchkula - now in Patiala. Very soon in your own city also. Just plan a protest.

Farmers have announced that they plan to protest in front of the private residence of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. 
They could come in thousands, and they may actually ...

Political economy of extension in age of retirement
13.09.17 - Dr. Pyara Lal Garg

THE TOTAL EXPECTED Revenue receipts of Punjab Government for the year 2017-18 as per Budget estimates are to the tune of Rs. 60,080 crore, while the estimated expenditure is Rs. 74,864 Crore. Revenue deficit is pegged at Rs. 14784 Crore which is 3.18% of the ...

The Gorakhpur Dead Speak to Punjab
11.09.17 - Awagyakrit Singh

BETWEEN AUGUST 7 and August 11, 60 children died in Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital. On the single night of August 10, 23 children died. This is the night when the oxygen supply allegedly dried up. On two days of Aug 29 and 30, 42 kids died ...

The Assassination of Dissent
FAQ on the cold blooded killings
06.09.17 - sanehead

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS on the cold blooded killing at 8:30 pm yesterday of Gauri Lankesh, strong independent journalist based in Bangalore.
Q: After Dabholkar, Kalburgi and Pansare, Gauri , the daughter of eminent independent journalist , late P Lankesh, who was editor of the Kannada periodical, ...

The selectively suicidal state of the Indian union
NEET Controversy
01.09.17 - SANEHEAD

How many more Rohit Vemula's and S Anitha's will have to die before this country's conscience wakes up ?

We need more of S Anitha's ilk, many many more, so that the poor on India's rural and urban areas can have access to decent medical care, ...

Bakrid violence alert
01.09.17 - SANEHEAD

With new BJP allied Governments in heartland cow belt states of UP and Bihar, and in Uttarakhand and Assam, and old BJP rule in Haryana, MP, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, we should be alert for large scale violence or at least several incidents of violence ...

Dera through the Punjab lens
Need to urgently address disquiet over multiple crises
29.08.17 - Amandeep Sandhu

It was a decade ago that the shroud of banality ‘Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan’ spun fell on Punjab, in particular the Sikh community. I saw it first-hand in the summer of 2007 when my mother lay dying from stage IV cancer in ...

Relax! All 30 were dera premis
Aam Aadmi in Panchkula
27.08.17 - SP Singh*

AS MEDIA HEADLINES swerved from 'Uneasy Calm, Situation Tense' to 'Mayhem in Panchkula, 30 Dead', the articulation of the narrative about democracy, rights of citizens, notions of peace, and the hyper engagement with the rather elusive construct of Aam Aadmi also travelled quite some distance.

The ...

War against the State?
27.08.17 - SANEHEAD

WHY DO WE not understand, that the incidents of August 25 in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi constitute pre planned war against the State of India as by Law established, including its entire judicial system and peaceful citizens by an outlaw ...

The next steps in the Baba files
No Ordinary Criminal
26.08.17 - SANEHEAD

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Insaan is not being kept in prison like an ordinary criminal.

He was flown in a luxury chopper to a guest house in the premises of the Haryana Police Training College outside Rohtak town.

He is being allowed private attendants and food of his ...

The Judge, The Complainants And The Judgement
A Salute To The Lower Judiciary Of India
25.08.17 - SANEHEAD

A Salute to the Lower Judiciary of India.

A Salute to the Brave Judge Jagdeep Singh of the CBI Court Panchkula who delivered the landmark judgement against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan today in the midst of superhuman efforts by several governments and rampant hordes of ...


SPASMODIC JOURNALISM IS the norm in these times when a president can fire a new tweet every morning, and breathless journalists have to engage with another perfidious story. Closer home, things are no different. 

Days of incessant focus on farm loan waiver can be pushed aside ...

Post-Bekhauf Azadi March
12.08.17 - Kamjaat Singh

ON AUGUST 11, Friday, hours before India marks 70 years of its Independence from a regime in which we were not free, women spilled out on the roads in Chandigarh. Just a handful. Some said about 400. 
Sadken bhi hamari, Galiyan bhi hamari, Raat bhi hamari, ...

Come out for a stroll, tonight. Bekhauf. Let's loiter, and test 70 years of azadi.
11.08.17 - Kamjaat Singh

CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 11: On August 11, Friday, less than 100 hours before India marks 70 years of its Independence from a regime in which we were not free, women plan to spill out on the roads, asking for freedom. No, irony did not die a ...

The seven blind men and the elephant
05.08.17 - Observer

I just read an article in The Wire, by the veteran journalist Prem Shanker Jha titled 'The Enigma of the Political Suicide of Nitish Kumar' in which he gloomily concludes that Nitish Kumar has destroyed himself by his volte-face in favour of the RSS, for ...

No one says this to Pardhanji. We have to.
30.07.17 - NISCHAY PAUL

DEFEAT IS EXPECTED to spur any political party into some introspection. At worst, a defeated political force enacts a charade of introspection. Bussing the dejected comrades to a hill station or a five star hotel for chintan-meetings used to be the gold standard. A more ...

Commander-in-chief Ram Nath Kovind, and humour
Of President, Veep & Facts
29.07.17 - KAMJAAT SINGH

ONE OF BJP's top mission statements could not have been more pithy: the party wanted to ensure a Congress-mukt Bharat. It has now ensured that the superstructure ruling in Lutyen's Delhi is completely Congress-mukt. 

Ram Nath Kovind is now the commander-in-chief of India's armed forces. M ...

Is it time for Punjab to enact a new law on social boycott?
Extrapolating the sin: "Roti-beti di saanjh na rakhi jaave"?
25.07.17 - Kamjaat Singh

What is the takeaway for Punjab, in general, and the Sikh community, in particular, from Pranab Mukherjee's last day in the Rashtrapati Niwas? Among the pieces of legislation Mukherjee inked in that house on the Raisina Hill was Maharashtra’s Protection of People from Social Boycott ...

BJP V/s SAFFRON: Modi rides a tiger, but some saffron cubs are running amok

EMBOLDENED BY Narendra Modi's silence and clear signals that the ruling dispensation in the country and in several BJP-run states is going to adopt a wink-wink approach to many Hindutva forces, some of the tiger's cubs are running amok.

If the BJP leadership thinks that it ...

Amarinder called it a
20.06.17 - S P SINGH

Whatever happened to that thing called journalism?
Farmers and agricultural labourers, even in a substantially agrarian state like Punjab, can be short-changed pretty easily by a bunch of spinmeisters, a cohort of lazy journalists, and, one is afraid, editors seemingly asleep on the job.

So, a farm ...

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