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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, ...
  


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 ...
  


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, ...
  


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 ...
  



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