Trudeau now jumping through hoops on conspiracy talk but Amarinder’s Quebec reference may weaken New Delhi’s case
01.03.18 - S Pal

WHILE PUNJAB's AMARINDER SINGH government remains tight lipped over its claims that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau trashed Quebec's independence movement, New Delhi was quick to rebut the line pushed by a top Canadian official that certain "rogue political elements in India may have orchestrated ...

Three years on, PDP-BJP alliance sailing smooth; Ram Madhav makes room for Mehbooba’s domestic constituency
25.02.18 - S Pal & Nischay Pal*

AT A TIME when the BJP and the PDP are taking diametrically opposite positions on some of the most crucial questions and issues faced by Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP today committed itself again to the alliance, calling it smooth.

"(I)n spite of (all the) ideological ...

A visit that helped Amarinder complete a journey
Deconstructing Trudeau in Punjab
23.02.18 - S Pal

PUNJAB CHIEF MINISTER Amarinder Singh finally did throw a spanner in Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau's India visit plans, and while he did meet the dignitary, the Congress leader emerged as a strong nationalist voice dedicated to the territorial integrity of India, ready to wrestle anyone ...

Readying a saffron generation
20.02.18 - Latha Jishnu

BREAD and circuses kept the people happy and distracted in the twilight of the Roman Republic just before the rise of the Roman Empire. Satirist Juvenal called it the panem et circenses (bread and circuses) way of governance: providing cheap wheat while mounting costly shows ...

Flattening Democracy In The Name of Good Governance
12.02.18 - Vipin Pubby

STATE ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS are due in five 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 ...

Today, in a few hours, perhaps in the afternoon, the society will change. Therefore, I apologise!
04.02.18 - S Pal

(I have a very repetitive news writing style on Mondays. Please bear with me. – Author)
THIS IS HOW a society sets up a system of justice dispensation, punitive norms, acceptable behaviour and a bar of forgiveness. Once the citizenry accepts that system collectively, it starts ...

Latest Imbroglio in Delhi: An AAP failure will be bad news for India's popular grassroot  movements
27.01.18 - VIPIN PUBBY

In 1985 a remarkable political development took place in Assam. Riding on the wave of huge public support, young leaders of All Assam Students Union formed a political party called Asom Gana Parishad and stormed to power in the state. It was the first such ...

What is the problem with AAP?

A WISE ONE once told me: give every phenomena time and it shall reveal its true colours. In spite of following AAP's bid to power in the Punjab elections, in spite of all the critiques of AAP and its fickle nature of the revolution, I never ...

Hindustan Times' Hate Tracker will no more track hate?

New Delhi: India's leading English language daily newspaper, Hindustan Times, which had started a special crowd-sourced national database of hate crimes, is losing its zeal for tracking hate. 

Senior Hindustan Times staffers have been instructed by HT's Chief Content Officer (yes, they have such a post), ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Why India's bull-taming protest may not be just about bulls
21.01.17 - Soutik Biswas*

India, wrote author VS Naipaul, is a country of a million little mutinies, reeling with rage and revolt.

One such is now brewing in southern Tamil Nadu state, where people have been protesting against a ban on a traditional bull-taming contest, known as jallikattu. They say ...

No winners in India-Pakistan debate on press freedom
18.10.16 - Shivam Vij*

With Pakistan's Dawn newspaper standing by its story on differences between the civilian government and military over the country's security objectives, many in both the Indian and Pakistani media have cited the incident as proof that the Pakistani media has more spine than its Indian ...

The Sikhs. Who the hell are they? And why do they wear the turban?
15.09.16 - preet k s bedi

Nanak was born to a Hindu family in 1469. Had there been application forms to fill chances are he would have referred to himself as Hindu. His successors and followers would probably have called themselves Nanakpanthis. There is general agreement that Sikhism remained a group ...

Let's All Become Political
20.06.16 - Nischay Pal

Punjab needs to become relevant. Every Punjabi wishes for that. "But are we not relevant already," one may ask. The simple answer is, we were. At one time, we were the food grain providers extra ordinary. And on top of that, we are a border ...

When Hope Runs Dry
17.03.16 - Manohar Singh Gill

I joined the Punjab IAS in 1958. In 1960, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru signed the World Bank-sponsored agreement with Pakistan PM Liaquat Ali Khan to divide the river waters of the old Punjab. East Punjab was allotted 15.2 million acre feet (MAF) and the Ravi, ...

Collective conscience BADI CHEEZ HAI
03.03.16 - preet k s bedi

If ever you had ever wondered what the term ‘collective conscience’ was doing in an earlier judgement, chances are the High Court’s order on Kanhaiya’s bail application has cleared them. Assuming of course that you went beyond Manoj Kumar’s song from Upkaar which Kanhaiya would ...

The Truth about Arvind Kejriwal
25.02.16 - Markandey Katju

Many people have said that I have some personal grudge against Kejriwal, and that is why I hate him. So let me reply.
I do not personally know Mr. Kejriwal, I have never met him, and have never sought any favour from him ( this can ...




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